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11/16/2010 - '10 Europe tour is complete! Thanks to everyone who attended, the venues, and the musicians, who made this our second European tour the most succesful yet!

2010 Europe tour itinerary
Wed. Oct. 27 Bonnefooi (Brussels)
Thurs. Oct. 28 Le Bar Belge (Paris)
Fri. Oct. 29 CC Hannut (Hannut, BE)
Sat. Oct. 30 Vibe Bar (Heist, BE)
Sun. Oct. 31 Bar Du Marche (Brussels)
Tues. Nov. 2 Hot Club de Gand (Gent)
Sun. Nov. 7 Cafe Belga (Brussels)
Mon. Nov. 8 Dumont (Aachen) - TBC
Tues. Nov. 9 Mons, Belgium- TBC
Wed. Nov 10 Buster (Antwerp) - TBC

Get complete details. Check back for late bookings!

Pre-tour shows in Portland
Sat. Oct. 9 Camellia Lounge
Wed. Oct. 13 Mississippi Pizza


4/23/10 - Ballard Jazz Festival - Salmon Bay Eagles, Seattle WA.

4/01/10 - We're working on arrangements for two new projects by Pop Art 4+ (that's Pop Art 4 with added horns): we are rearranging the Gainsbourg material for added trumpet, alto sax, trombone, and bari sax; we are also assembling the tunes for our new Origin CD YOJIMBO - the movie music of Masaru Sato!

11/18/09 - Just back from our European tour! See the MySpace blog for photos, tour highlights.

10/6/09 - Adding new Gainsbourg tunes to the touring repertoire, including Les Loups dans le Bergerie, Je Suis Venu Te Dire Que Je M'en Vais, Some Small Chance, and On The Sea.

7/5/09- New review at Great shows at KMHD and Jimmy Mak's!

6/21/09- Origin Records named JazzWeek's 2009 label of the year! New stations: ASFM 106.4 (Alphen, Netherlands), WEFT 90.1 (Champaign, IL), RCV 99 (Lille, France).

6/11/09 - Our 6/14 Mississippi Pizza show is a pick of the week on NEW RADIO STATIONS: WDIY 88.1 FM (Allentown, PA), KPLU 88.5 FM (Seattle/Tacoma, WA).

6/04/09 - Video from our 5/13 CD release now on youtube.

5/24/09 - Listen to tracks from yesterday's Sonarchy recording session.

5/15/09 - Great CD release party at Holocene this week! Thanks to all who attended, and to my band and guest musicians, to Three Leg Torso, Blue Cranes and to Holocene for hosting! Everyone seemed to feel that it was a special night, and all the bands gave incredible performances.

design t-shirts now available in striking metallic gold on red/sky/black shirts for women, brown on indigo for men. Quality light weight, designer-cut shirts. Get yours for $20 with free shipping! Email or call (503)380-9259 for ordering info.

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5/4/09 - NEW AIRPLAY on WPFW (Washington, DC)- DJ Larry Appelbaum is a great jazz writer, in addition to being in charge of the jazz archives at the Library of Congress.

Poster for our May 13th CD release. 69AE is in the top 10 for the week at KTUH (Honolulu, HI)! Also played on KMHD (PDX).

4/20-22/09 - "A strange and excellent musical experience." New review by Dan McClenaghan at! More airplay: 69AE added at WKPS (Penn State), and KIOS (Omaha, NB).

Visit our MySpace blog for complete play lists for these and other stations.

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"...a beautiful tribute to that singular talent [Gainsbourg] and, live, it is even more entrancing."

Pop Art 4 is a new project by Portland, OR drummer Todd Bishop. We've assembled some of the most powerful and distinctive voices in jazz in the US Pacific Northwest for a series of recordings beginning with 69 Année Érotique, a new Origin CD of instrumental jazz interpretations of the music of French pop icon Serge Gainsbourg. The album features many of Gainsbourg's most famous numbers, including " Je t'aime... moi non plus", "Bonnie & Clyde", and "Ballade de Melody Nelson."

Todd Bishop

Drummer, producer and bandleader Todd Bishop, with a number of experimental, cinema-inspired CD releases to his credit, has been a unique artistic presence on the Northwest jazz scene since the mid-1990's.

Todd Bishop's Pop Art 4 is dedicated to exploring commercial music of the 1960's and '70's, music normally considered to be somewhat defiant to jazz reinterpretation. The band of Seattle musicians includes saxophonist Rich Cole (Dr. John, Randy Brecker, Dave Holland), keyboardist Steve Moore (aka Stebmo- Bill Frisell, Sufjan Stevens), and bassist Geoff Harper (Wayne Horvitz, Skerik). They will be appearing throughout the region in promotion of the album through the summer of 2009, and will be touring France/Benelux in late 2009. See our calendar page for details, or sign up for our mailing list for instant updates.

This is the first CD in a series to include: "Oh!" More French Pop, free interpretations of the music from Akira Kurosawa's Yojimbo, and the monumental Dirty Harry soundtrack by Lalo Schifrin. Also in development is a CD of original material, Candy.


Serge Gainsbourg

Songwriter and lyricist Serge Gainsbourg (1928-91) was a controversial but ultimately triumphant figure in French popular culture. A kind of Gallic hybrid of Leonard Cohen, Neil Diamond and Charles Bukowski, his lyrics featured existential, erotic and surrealist themes. Musically, his work spanned a swathe of genres including French chanson, jazz, rock, reggae and techno. His influence outside of France has been until recently largely limited to the 1969 hit "Je t'aime, moi non plus", which topped the charts and was instantly banned by the Vatican and several governments due to its risqué content. Since his death, he has gained a cult following in the U.S. and U.K., and artists such as Beck, Stereolab, Portishead, and others have recorded his material. Serge Gainsbourg on Wikipedia.