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The Jazz Mandolin Project

The mandolin is not usually considered a jazz instrument. Around the world, it is traditionally used in folk music. So a name like The Jazz Mandolin Project' says a lot about what Jamie Masefield is trying to do - to bring into the mainstream the instrument that looks like a toy and sounds like a castrated guitar. The project has been pretty successful so far.

The band's roots are in funk and jazz, but their improv ranges from hip-hop to tango. Their self-titled freshman album shows the musicianship of this trio that has been touring around the northeast gaining a following, helped by their friends from fellow Burlington, Vermont band Phish. Since the mandolin is a world instrument, Masefield tries to incorporate world music into each composition, and the result is music with diverse feels, ranging from the Latin American sounding "Mandoneon" to the Euro-folk "Nozani Na."

If you are a somewhat daring jazz fan looking for something a little different, the E/O and JMP show is definitely worth going to, provided you have time between now and the end of the semester.