Raised in Cleveland Heights, the Cudas credit jazz guitarist Bill DeArango for introducing them to music with funky time signatures back in the 70s, when he ran a music store in town. After hed close the shop at night, DeArango would invite the siblings to his house and teach them how to play Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie tunes. By the 1980s, Chris was sitting in on studio sessions with local groups Beau Coup and the Dazz Band, while Tony toured New England with a fusion combo. The brothers teamed up last summer to form their own trio with 17-year-old drummer Steve Renko. They have only one rule: No covers. They make you think, Ive heard this before, says Cuda. How many times can you beat this fucking thing senseless?
Today, Cuda (the band) plays gigs from Cleveland to New York. And their prog-jazz blend is starting to catch on, says Cuda. We can go out and play fake jazz and embarrass the hell out of ourselves. Or we can do what we really want to do.
Sun., Sept. 23, 5:30 & 6:45 p.m., 2007
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