Andy Coe Band
Thursday, April 4, 2019
Originally formed to pay tribute to guitar hero and folk legend Jerry Garcia, the Andy Coe Band has evolved into the liveliest psychedelic jam band to come out of the Pacific Northwest in years. Guitarist Andy Coe, with Gary Palmer on keys, Chris Jones on bass, and Scott Goodwin on drums, deliver stellar improvisational tunes in mystical proportions.
Andy Coe – Guitar & Vocals
With a rich background in jazz and a joyful enthusiasm for blues and psychedelic rock, Andy Coe is recognized as a deeply intuitive, emotive guitarist. As an architect of sound and style, Coe draws in listeners, making collective exploration and resolution accessible across genres. Born and raised in Seattle, Andy played in the critically acclaimed Roosevelt Highschool Jazz band before going on to graduate from the music department of the University of North Texas. He has played venues and festivals around the country and world ever since.
Andy has performed with many great musicians including Jimmy Page, Duff McKagen, Jerry Cantrell, Kim Thayil, Paul Rogers, Rich Robinson, Reggie Workman, Rashied Ali, Ravi Coltrane, Norah Jones, Stanton Moore, Mike Clark, Bobby Previtte, Skerik, Mike Dillon, Karl Denson, Wil Blades and many others. Currently, Andy resides in Seattle and plays in Skerik’s Bandalabra, Tuatara, McTuff and the Andy Coe Band among others.
Gary Palmer – Keys & Vocals
Originally from Fort Wayne, Indiana, Gary Palmer zigged and zagged his way from the Midwest to Texas, then to Chicago, and finally out to the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Along the way, he met many fine musicians including the notorious Andy Coe. Upon moving to Seattle, Gary’s keyboard creativity branched out in a variety of directions. He continued to play with Andy in the psychedelic rock band In Lake’ch, he lent a hand to the indy rock group Polygraph Liar, and he also worked with singer-songwriter Josh Morrison in St. Kilda.
Gary can currently be found making waves of live electronica in his double drum-set double synthesizer band Gems, improvising piano music for ballet and modern dance, or exploring the ever new and unexpected musical frontiers in the Andy Coe Band. In the ACB, Gary draws continual inspiration from the incomparable talent and musicianship of his bandmates and, of course, from the insanely beautiful musical canon passed down by the Grateful Dead.
Chris Jones – Bass & Vocals
Chris Jones listened to ELP’s “Tarkus” on stereo headphones at age 6 and his whole world changed. He realized there is an expanding universe of music that is complex, beautiful, and sometimes terrifying. When he got a bass in his hands in 6th grade, that was it. He worked to re-create music from his early bass heroes like Flea, Les Claypool, Phil Lesh, and Ray Brown. He played in every ensemble his school had to offer and formed multiple bands to fill the gaps.
Chris has filled his life with an education at the University of Washington, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, and a career at the Village Theater. He would like people to know he has played with Wynton Marsalis and Kenny Garrett but he has also played with The Osmonds, Nelson, and Bowser from “Sha Na Na.” His recent Seattle bands include M. Bison, Bad Dream Good Breakfast, Eternal Fair, and Discs of Fury.
Chris’ approach to music is to be as diverse as possible to be ready for any situation. His favorite music to play is open-ended and has no rules. He learned the rules to know how to break them. In The Andy Coe Band, through improvisation, he is reliving the first time he put on those headphones.
Scott Goodwin – Drums & Vocals
Scott Goodwin is a drummer, vocalist and songwriter featuring rock, country, funk and jazz stylings. Having achieved a Bachelor of Music at Eastern Washington University, Scott teaches music at the Seattle Drum School and regularly performs with The Andy Coe Band, RL Heyer, The Papillon Saints and Flowmotion along with many others. Residing in Seattle, Scott is one of the region’s most sought after drummers and regularly tours California, Alaska and the Northwest with various artists.
Scott has played on and written songs for a number of albums including The True Spokes(2012), Flowmotion-Ghost Pepper(2009) and The RL Heyer Trio-Turn Me Upside Down(2009). He has performed with a number of artists such as Lee Oscar, Vicci Martinez, Tim Bluhm, Steve Kimock, Tony Furtado, Marco Benevento and the Everyone Orchestra.
Playing with the Andy Coe Band over the last 5 years has been a great thrill giving Scott a chance to improvise and sing a whole lot. The interactive music and massive song list make it a non-stop adventure!