Alien Music Club is an eclectic blend of alternative music in diverse musical genres ranging from all forms of rock to jazz to funk to anything in between with intelligent lyrics and a playful sense of humor.
Every once in a while, as a musician, you get unsolicited praise from unexpected places. A teacher from London asked permission to use an Alien Music Club song in a school project by 9 and 10 year olds in a science film they made! “We are a small school in south-west London, and have used your amazing song ‘Crash Landing’ in a science film we have made. We were wondering if we could have your permission to use it in the film and then submit to a school competition…Lots of lovely 9 and 10 years olds would be thrilled at this opportunity and we really hope you could help us out. A new generation awaits to discover your music!” Of course, I was more than happy to grant permission! https://youtu.be/L1dMu4p268A
The AMC Jazz Jam January Lineup Poster!! Brad Pope does it again!!
What better time than the Holidays, and just days before Christmas, to come together as one – audience and entertainers - to lift up our voices in song? Best of WNC 2016 in 3 categories, Peggy Ratusz brings together some of the finest instrumentalists and vocalists in the area for this annual concert tradition! ‘Everybody is a Star’ is a fitting moniker to umbrella 2 sets of gospel, inspirational, uplifting affirmation songs made famous by Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Al Green, The Beatles, Mary Gauthier, Nina Simone, The Staple Singers, Patty Griffin, Sting, Maria Muldaur, Curtis Mayfield, Joan Osborne and more! Sharing the stage is this stunning line up of Asheville Stars: Rhoda Weaver, Ryan Barber, Aaron Price, Paula Hanke, Jonathn Pearlman, Mare Carmody, Ben Bjorlie, Ashley Heath, Grant Cuthbertson, Peggy Swain and Linda Mitchell. And of course your hostess for the evening, Blues Chanteuse, Peggy Ratusz! Everybody is a star; One big circle goin’ round and round!
Great Photo by stephen houseworth photography from our Etta James Tribute at Isis Music Hall back in April 2016! Peggy Ratusz and Paula Hanke on vocals; Jim Arrendell on drums/vocals; Alex Taub on piano; Grant Cuthbertson on bass; Jonathan Pearlman on guitar and Frank Southecorvo on saxophone. It was a sold out show! We're doing it again on November 18th, 2016 at The White Horse in Black Mountain! http://www.whitehorseblackmountain.com/
Blast from the past! I forgot about this one. Kudos to the great Robin Tolleson on drums!
R.I.P. David Bowie. You will be missed. It's all been said. I can only add my voice. His life was his art and his art was inspiration personified. He died with dignity, humor and creativity.
Sunday December 13th on the ISIS Main Stage in Asheville, it’s "Peggy Ratusz presents Jingle Belles and Beaus, a Holiday & Christmas Celebration!" — 8pm Blues Chanteuse Ratusz puts together a cavalcade of Asheville’s best singers and instrumentalists for an exceptionally exciting show filled with traditional popular Christmas & seasonal songs. The Belles and Beaus Peggy’s brought together is a stellar line up indeed: Paula Hanke, Caitlin Krisko (lead singer of the Broadcast), Jesse Barry, Sidney Barnes, Krista Tortora, Evalina Everidge, Darlyn Cain, Aileen Pearlman, Charlotte Sommers and Briana Hollifield. Aaron Price on piano/keys, Jonathan Pearlman on guitars, Michael Hynes on bass and Justin Watt on drums!
Excited to announce that an independent film company in Brazil has expressed an interest in using one of my tunes in an upcoming production! Julio Benck, director for Fradê Produções will be using the track "Ways To Die" from the album "Dosta" (see music page), in the film "Compreensão". Big thanks, Julio, and can't wait to see the film!
AMC Jazz Jam off the hook last night! Smokin' Sonny Rollins set followed by an "army" of badass sax players including a rare appearance by Ruby Mayfield, an unexpected performance on tubular bells(?) by Jason DeCristofaro, and those anonymous "tips" in the tip jar! Check out the Alien Music Club Facebook page (see 'Links') to see what I'm talking about!
Very excited to be performing a Bonnie Raitt Tribute this summer and fall, playing guitar with the very talented vocalist Peggy Ratusz, accompanied by a kick-ass group of musicians! We will be at the Tryon Fine Arts Center on July 3rd (http://www.tryonarts.org/)and in the fall at ISIS Restaurant and Music Hall in Asheville. The band includes veteran musicians like Mike Barnes on guitar, Aaron Price on keys, Ben Bjorlie on drums and Michael Hynes on bass, among others!
This Wednesday April 8th, I’m very excited to be featured at Jazz Night at the Phoenix in Brevard along with the fantastic house band: Jason DeCristofaro on Vibes, Cameron Austin on Bass, and Bill Berg on Drums. We’ll be doing some of my original material along with some tasty jazz standards! — 8 - 11 PM, no cover.
Sunday, April 12th is a very special event at Tressa’s from 6 to 9pm —“Hitsville, Hipsters to Hippies, Sounds of the 60’s” an ultra-cool and groovy fundraiser for Multiple Sclerosis. The house band will be Alex Taub (Keys), Jim Arrendell (Drums/Vocals), JP (Guitar/Vocals) and Jake Wolf (Bass). Peggy Ratusz and Anne Marie Garic put this event together and Peggy reached out to many great vocalists and assigned iconic tunes to match their vibe! Tax deductible cover/donation for the event is $15.00 adults; $10.00 teens and college students; $5.00 for kids 12 and under. Don't let the suggested donation deter you. NO ONE will be turned away at the door. Give what you can. It will be a "FUN"raiser for MS after all!
AMC Jazz Jam at Barley's in Asheville keeps going strong, and I'm proud to say is a vital part of the music scene! The band killed last night, burning through a set of tunes by the great Lee Morgan! Meanwhile, new tunes always in the works, and frequent gigs with wonderfully talented musicians. All this and a vibrant, beautiful city! What more could a person ask for?
The Alien Music Club Jazz Jam is still going strong, in spite of the winter weather! The quality of musicianship and variety of players is astounding! I'm quite honored to be part of it all. The studio work continues, albeit at a slower pace...waiting for the next wave of inspiration. Last Sunday night's performance "I Got A Right To Sing The Blues" at The ISIS in Asheville featuring vocalists Peggy Ratusz and Harry Schulz was a huge success! Upcoming gigs include Southern App Brewing in Hendersonville this Saturday 2/28 with Peggy Ratusz, The Purple Onion in Saluda, NC with Joseph Hasty on 3/21.
It has been a very busy summer with the AMC Jazz Jam, gigs with the Archrivals, with Stephaniesid and Crybaby...plus several guest appearances with local jazz artists! Really fortunate to have so many talented and gracious friends to perform with! Laying down trax for the new Stephaniesid album, and continuing my own writing and recording. Taking a breather from live performances this fall as Crybaby and The Archrivals go on hiatus. Just added a new CD Baby music player. Enjoy!
Two, groovy Archrivals shows coming up this weekend! Saturday 6/21 at The Phoenix Lounge in Brevard, NC 9pm, and ISIS Sunday Jazz Showcase in West Asheville 6/22 @ 8pm!
So proud to have been a part of this wonderful band/event!
SO glad Spring is finally here! Working on new tunes as always, plus some cover tunes. One is a collaboration with my son, Jaron Pearlman. The Alien Music Club Jazz Jam every Thursday night at Barley's Taproom in Asheville continues to thrive and grow! Who would have thought we'd still be doing this almost three years straight? I'm so fortunate to be able to share the stage night after night with world class players and singers!
Looking forward to opening for Jonathan Scales Fourchestra at Gottrocks in Greenville, SC tonight with my band The Archrivals! Planning to sit in on song or two with Jonathan and his amazing band!
Here is a link to my son Jaron Pearlman's new CD "Musings". It is amazing! http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/thenoonefaction2
What an incredible way to bring in 2014 playing with my dear friends in Stephaniesid at ISIS in Asheville! Special thanks to FRANK ZIPPERER for this perfect picture!
Happy New Year from Alien Music Club! If you are near the Asheville area, please join us at THE ISIS Restaurant & Music Hall where I am pleased to be performing with two of my favorite bands "Crybaby" and "Stephaniesid"! Details here: http://isisasheville.com/calendar/full-calendar/
Free AMC downloads on Bandcamp! Individual tracks or entire albums. Enjoy...Cheers!
So much going on these days! The weekly AMC Jazz Jam at Barley's continues to grow in popularity. I am looking forward to numerous bookings with The Archrivals and with Crybaby! If you are in the Asheville area and would like information on these and other musical events, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will add you to my weekly email blast! Cheers, JP
BIG thanks to all who came out for our Wes Montgomery Tribute last week at the Jazz Jam, to the Archrivals show at Jack of Hearts, and to the Crybaby show at ISIS! What a wonderful, memorable week. We love you!
Man, LOTS of guitarists, bassists and keyboardists at The Jazz Jam at last night...probably because of John Mclaughlin and his band down the street at The Orange Peel! Big, energetic crowd filled with mostly stunned musicians. After the Chick Corea set, stage was packed all night and the music off the hook! Highlights include Stephanie Morgan, Andy Page, Chris Morgan and an amazing drummer/keyboard couple from DC, as well as this funky as hell badass bassist who's name I didn't get. Perhaps we should get McLaughlin to play here more often?
This Thursday, May 16th, marks the 2-year Anniversary of the AMC Jazz Jam at Barley's! It's hard to believe that it was May 2011 when we first got the okay to bring our jazz jam to Barley's! We're very happy to say it is alive & well, thanks to all of you! Come help us celebrate with music by Wayne Shorter! Barley's Taproom, downtown Asheville, Thursdays from 9-midnight!
Nice review of the latest AMC album "Dosta"! Thanks to Bold Life Magazine and Brent Fleury!
A lot has been happening in Alien Music Club Land of late. We are performing songs from the new album in two bands I am proud to be part of, THE ARCHRIVALS and CRYBABY. In fact, The Archrivals will be headlining at Charlotte's Visulite Theatre on April 19th and featuring tunes by AMC! Meanwhile, the weekly AMC Jazz Jam at Barley's Taproom in Asheville, continues to grow! The sheer number and virtuosity of musicians is astounding. It takes place every Thursday at 9pm if you happen to visit our fair city. If you would like more information about when and where, this and that, please feel free to contact me (email@example.com) and ask to be added to the "Asheville Jazz & Blues" update newsletter, which is emailed out once a week. Thanks for your interest in Alien Music Club, and all things alien and music!
The new Alien Music Club CD "DOSTA" is here! Influenced by Roger Waters, Tom Waits, Donald Fagen, Ian Hunter, Dizzy Gillespie, Django Reinhardt, The Beatles, and so many others. No love songs, no politics. Introspective and wryly humorous. A bit of a manifesto...a document for anyone who cares.
This one is very special because my son, Jaron Pearlman, acted as producer and played/sang on several tunes. Will Mitchell added tracks and acted as co-producer and mastering engineer. Their prowess made this project come alive! Both of these young men are tremendous artists in their own right, so check them out on the "Links" page!
Great clip from last year's Archrivals show at The One Stop in Asheville!
Thanks to Frank Zipperer for this awesome pic from Stephaniesid Bele Chere performance 2012!
In the final stages of production on the new release! Expect the unexpected as AMC continues to morph and evolve. I am so excited to have my son Jaron Pearlman as co-producer on this project! He's currently drummer for the Indigo Girls among his many projects and has been touring the country, playing some of the world's finest venues to sell-out crowds! In addition, he's an excellent audio engineer with a degree from the Art Institute of Atlanta. This is AMC's first project produced entirely on the ProTools platform, so the sound quality is superb! The material, as I mentioned, is...well, different! All vocal tunes, no instrumentals. Stay tuned!
Excellent pics by Frank Zipperer of the AMC Jazz Jam at Barley's in Asheville!
Here is a link to a recent article written about me in Rapid River Magazine by Eddie LeShure!
Tomorrow night is my singing debut at Barley's here in Asheville! It's COLE PORTER night & these tunes must be sung! It's gonna be fun! Here's the setlist: Night and Day -
I Love You -
What Is This Thing Called Love -
Iíve Got You Under My Skin -
Just One of Those Things -
All of You -
I Love Paris
Tomorrow Night, March 20th, Alien Music Club will perform original jazz compositions at the Asheville Original Music Series at The Altamont Theatre. JP on guitar, Chuck Lichtenberger on piano, Zack Page on bass, Justin Watt & Tim Haney on drums! We start around 8pm. The first set features my original compositions, and the 2nd set is an open jam! For more info:
Last night I had the opportunity to play with a living legend...Ike Stubblefield! What a thrill! He's the real deal...cut his teeth with Motown artists like Four Tops, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder. Backed up Al Green, Ike & Tina Turner, Curtis Mayfield, B.B. King, The Pointer Sisters and George Benson. He's still going strong kicking off 2012 with a new CD, featuring 5, new 2012 Grammy winners performing on it, and he himself performing on 29 Cd's last year CeeLo, Jimmy Herring and most recent Ruthie Foster"s "Let It Burn" to name a few...
Great article from Blue Ridge Now written by Robin Tolleson about me and the AMC Jazz Jam:
Robin Tolleson Overtones
Published: Friday, February 17, 2012 at 4:30 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, February 16, 2012 at 4:52 p.m.
I kind of got into jazz backwards," admits guitarist Jonathan Pearlman ("JP") of Alien Music Club. "I grew up listening to Clapton, Hendrix, Allman, blues-oriented stuff. Steely Dan had some of the best jazz guitarists ever. Jeff Beck has always been a huge influence. I listened to Stevie Wonder, and got into Brian Setzer.
"The more you listen, the more you realize that it all came from jazz and blues originally. That's the reservoir, and the deeper you get into it, the more hooked you are. (John) Scofield is one of my heroes because he straddles those worlds. He'll jump from traditional jazz into blues in a heartbeat."
Alien Music Club hosts a jazz jam session every Thursday at Barley's in Asheville. Keyboardist and co-emcee is Chuck Lichtenberger, with whom Pearlman also performs in the rock-jazz group The Archrivals. "Chuck's really the one that mentored me about jazz," he says, "and got this jam going too."
There's no one set lineup in Alien Music Club, but you'll often find Ben Bjorlie on drums, Zack Page on upright bass, Jason Rodriguez on sax and Justin Ray on trumpet. "The idea of a ‘club' fits it, actually. It's a great opportunity to meet people, rub elbows and talk about jazz and music in general. It's a shmooze," JP says.
"We have subs," he explains.
"Anybody who comes out on a regular basis and is interested and knows the tunes could sub when Chuck and I have a gig out of town. There's a great pool of talent here."
Aspiring young players have been joining the jam too. "A lot of 12- to 16-year-olds have been coming out and getting their first chance to play with more experienced guys," he says. "They're sharing their newfound love of jazz with us. We've also had a lot of vocalists come out. You never know what's going to happen."
Each week they highlight the music of a different jazz superstar during the first set. Pearlman posts the tunelist online in advance so that participants can "learn the head and get comfortable soloing over the changes."
"We do seven tunes by a specific composer — Wayne Shorter, Miles or Coltrane, Horace Silver, Ellington, Dizzy, Monk or Herbie (Hancock). All that fun, great stuff. It's timeless," JP says. "Some nights are a little harder than others, like Mingus. It's educational for me."
Most of the material is taken from the popular jazz songbook called The Real Book. "We're trying to put easier tunes first in the set so that kids can get up and play, and then go home and get ready for school the next day. Tunes like ‘Footprints,' ‘Night In Tunisia,' standards," he says.
"My goal is to be able to play the head on ‘Donna Lee,' to solo over ‘Giant Steps.' You can spend your life trying to conquer that hill," the guitarist says, smiling. "I love watching other people just play circles around me. That keeps me from getting smug. There's always somebody better."
There is no sign-up sheet at the jam. Lichtenberger patrols the floor to see who might perform during the more open-ended second set. "Chuck's good at pairing people together," he says. "He finds out who's there and who wants to play, and then puts together little bands. Each lineup plays a couple songs, and there are no rules except that you know how to play the song you call."
Occasionally, as at any jam, the train slides off the track. "You pick it back up," Pearlman says. "I've learned from this experience that you don't apologize, you don't admit defeat, you don't say anything about it, you just keep on going. You plough through it because maybe the next tune or the one after will be a real gem."
The AMC Jazz Jam features tunes by the great Sonny Rollins this Thursday 9pm at Barley's!
tenor madness -
st. thomas -
strode road -
pent up house (latin) -
"Rollins is recognized by many for the length and quality of his career, one not easily matched in the world of music. His melodic sensibilities, playing style and solos have influenced several generations of musicians."
Alien Music Club has been asked to appear as part of the Asheville Original Music Series at the Altamont Theatre on March 20th. We will be performing my jazz compositions, many of which have never been played in public in a beautiful, acoustically-perfect, black box theatre setting! The show starts around 8pm. For more info: http://www.avlmusic.org/
Also, my band The Archrivals will be performing live on the air at WNCW this Friday Feb. 17th @ 3pm! Tune us in if you can (you can stream from the website!) and come see us at Barley's in Spindale the same evening!!
The first Asheville Improvisational Music Festival is coming to The Magnetic Field Thursday Feb. 16th thru Saturday Feb. 18th!
Here is a link to event pages: https://www.facebook.com/avlimprov?sk=events
Performers include Like Mind Trio, Spork, Jonathan Scales, Shane Perlowin, The Page Brothers, and many more! The Archrivals will be performing on Saturday.
This great event will shine a light on the Asheville music scene in new and exciting ways!
The AMC Jazz Jam at Barley's, 9pm this Thursday Feb. 16th features compositions by DIZZY GILLISPIE!
tour de force -
a night in tunisia -
woody n you -
con alma -
groovin high -
salt peanuts -
FREE as always!
The AMC Jazz Jam at Barley's, 9pm this Thursday Feb. 9th features compositions by Horace Silver!
song for my father -
nica's dream -
sister sadie -
senor blues -
opus de funk -
mexican hip dance -
Hope to see you there!
The AMC Jazz Jam at Barley's, 9pm this Thursday Feb. 2nd features compositions by Wayne Shorter!
adam's apple -
black nile -
fee fi fo fum -
witch hunt -
yes and no -
FREE & FUN, as always!
The AMC Jazz Jam features Thelonius Monk this Thursday at Barley's 9pm!
These are some of the more challenging Monk tunes!:
bemsha swing -
off minor -
green chimneys -
brilliant corners -
ruby my dear -
criss cross -
I'm very excited about the new material we are working on for the next CD! It's definitely a departure from anything that's gone before! At the same time, it's drawing FROM everything that has gone before. No release date as yet, but I will keep you informed, right here! Happy New Year to all!
The AMC Jazz Jam really rocked last week! This Thursday, December 22nd, we will be covering tunes by Thelonius Monk:
i mean u -
blue monk -
in walked bud -
round midnite -
rhythm a ning -
well u needn't -
straight no chaser -
No Cover, All Ages Welcome, 9:00-12 midnight!
The AMC Jazz Jam Thursday night 12/15 @ Barley's will feature tunes by Herbie Hancock!
maiden voyage -
one finger snap -
dolphin dance -
eye of the hurricane -
oliloquai valley -
watermelon man (headhunters)----
The jam goes from 9 to midnight! This one's gonna rock, so come join us!
Here are the artists whose music we are featuring this month at the AMC Jazz Jam: Dec. 1st-John Coltrane; Dec. 8th-Chick Corea; Dec. 15th-Herbie Hancock; Dec. 22nd-Thelonius Monk; Dec. 29th-HOLIDAY(no jam)
AMC Jazz Jam at Barley's 9pm this Thursday featuring Coltrane's Favorites:
body and soul --
my favorite things --
night has 1000 eyes --
but not for me --
dear old stockholm --
afro blue --
Hope to see you there!
No Jazz Jam this week due to Thanksgiving! We'll be back next Thursday though, 9pm at Barley's Taproom in Asheville!
It's John Coltrane Night at the AMC Jazz Jam next Thursday @ 9pm! Special Guest piano master: Pavel Wlosok! Setlist:
syeeda's song flute
Thursday 9pm at Barley's, the AMC Jazz jam features tunes made famous by icon Miles Davis:
someday my prince will come --
you don't know what love is --
if i were a bell --
freedom jazz dance
It's Miles Davis Night #1 at the AMC Jazz Jam at Barley's 9pm Thursday! Come join us on these tunes or any others you care to play:
So what --
Tune up --
7 steps to heaven --
All ages welcome and No Cover!
The AMC Jazz Jam this Thursday 9pm at Barley's will feature tunes by Joe Henderson:
black narcissus --
home stretch --
inner urge --
This week's AMC Jazz Jam, Thursday 9pm at Barley's features tunes by the incomparable Cole Porter:
Night and Day (Latin A section) (Key of C) --
I Love You (Fast) (Key of F) --
What Is This Thing Called Love (New Orleans Style) (Key of C) --
I've Got You Under My Skin (Latin-Bb) --
Just One of Those Things (C) --
All of You (Eb) --
I Love Paris (Latin A section-Swing B section) (Key of C) --
Come on out & enjoy this beautiful Fall weather with some seriously hot jazz!
The AMC Jazz Jam Thursday at Barley's features Charlie Parker! Setlist:
little suede shoes,
As usual, we start at 9pm. No Cover, all ages!
We're going to start posting the AMC Jazz Jam setlist here each week for those who want to get a head start on learning the tunes. This Thursday is Bill Evans night. Here's the setlist:
Stella By Starlight,
Alice in Wonderland,
Green Dolphin Street,
The new greatest hits CD, "Flashback" is now available at CD Baby! You can link to it from the music page on this website. It's 12 of carefully chosen tunes spanning a period of about 10 years and many musical styles/genres! A great overview of what we do.
The Alien Music Club Jazz Jam is going like gangbusters at Barley's Taproom here in Asheville, every Thursday night at 9pm. It's becoming a gathering place for the best musicians and jazz fans, just as we'd hoped! Friend us on our Facebook page to get details each week as we spotlight a different jazz composer...Herbie Hancock, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Sonny Rollins, Horace Silver and many more!
Outstanding show at Mo' Daddy's last Friday! The first ever Alien Music Club live performance was a great success! Thanks to The Archrivals for opening/closing the show, and everybody who came out to celebrate with us!
The first EVER Alien Music Club LIVE SHOW will be happening on June 17th at Mo' Daddy's in Asheville and will coincide with a "Best of" CD release. The new CD is called "Flashback" and will be available here and on CD Baby. We're really looking forward to this event! If you live in this area or plan to visit, we'd love to see you there!
The AMC Jazz Jam is going on NOW, every Thursday at 9pm at Barley's Taproom in Asheville, 42 Biltmore Avenue! The quality and number of musicians joining us has been stellar! It seems to get better each week. If you live in the Asheville area or plan to visit, and if you're a jazz fan, come join us at Barley's. If you want to know who the featured artist is this week, go to our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/jpearlman3#!/pages/Alien-Music-Club/159691987395778
The Alien Music Club weekly jazz jam begins this month at Barley's Taproom here in Asheville, NC! Each Thursday night, we will feature a different composer for the first set, like Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, John Coltrane, Horace Silver, and many others. Musicians are welcome to sit in with the band! During the second set, you can choose the tunes you want to perform with us! We hope this event will become a fixture in the ever-expanding Asheville Musical Universe!!
We've been extremely busy recording and playing live with Stephaniesid, The Archrivals, Crybaby, and Peggy Ratusz Daddy Longlegs band. The new material is sounding fantastic...sort of John Scofield meets Donald Fagan. I'm attempting to get all my gig information updated on Facebook where you can friend me to keep up with what's happening. Cheers, JP!
Stephaniesid, a band I am very proud to be part of, was just voted Asheville's Favorite Rock Band in the Mountain Express Poll! For more information, go to http://www.stephaniesid.com/
Played a wonderful gig with Stephanies ID at Downtown After 5 last Friday! HUGE crowd, thousands of adoring fans! The band played very well. It was quite an experience. Video clips can be found at http://vimeo.com/11958979 and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5YmT8J55FI
Very excited about new tunes taking shape! Hopefully, a new CD will be forthcoming in the not too distant future! If you live in the Asheville, NC area, you can catch some of my gigs by going to www.myspace.com/alienmusicclub.
April and May are turning out to be busy months. Cheers! JP
Great weekend playing with Stephanie's ID on Saturday and Peggy Ratusz on Sunday. Lots of money raised for Haiti! What a pleasure to be in the company of so many fine musicians. Link up with me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jpearlman3