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Wednesday, November 18, 2009 - - Drop Trio in the Cloud
There are lots of ways to find Drop Trio music online and--frankly--lots of them stink. carries Drop Trio *and* their interface doesn't suck. Interestingly, $.10 gets you indefinite streaming rights to a track. $.89 get you a DRM-free MP3. Incredible savings! (Bring your kids. We have hot dogs. Those like those, right?)

Drop Trio on

Friday, September 18, 2009 - Black Joe Varley
Monday, September 21 Ian will be on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. He'll be playing with Black Joe Lewis & The Honey Bears. I think that we can all agree that the world will be a better place when late night tv is exposed to one of Ian's signature keytar solos. Tune in and see if world peace can finally be a reality.

Friday, September 11, 2009 - Licensed through Magnatune
Rumor has it that furniture sales in Houston hit record numbers over Labor Day weekend. Check out the television commercial created by Jake Repp and Judd Meyers that aired in the Houston market over the holiday:


Saturday, August 29, 2009 - Feels Like HRstrut
Saturday, September 5 I'll be playing at Fitzgerald's with HRstrut.

This is a CD release show for the band's third album "Feels Like Flight." The new album is already available for download on iTunes, Amazon, Target etc. and physical copies will be available at the show.

HRstrut is a modern rock band with thoughtful lyrics and catchy riffs. You can hear a complete tune on the music page of my website. It's been nearly a decade since the band played its last show, so don't miss this one.

Friday, April 17, 2009 - May 1 @ AvantGarden
Hey kids - we've got a show coming up on May 1st at AvantGarden in Houston. Check it:

We'll be playing with Austin-based jazzers Condiment Sandwich. Woot!

Saturday, February 28, 2009 - Thanks Fort Worth
Thanks to all our old friends that came to The Fairmount and new friends that we met there. Gravity Feed grooves and Shuttle makes some big, fat, awesome noise.


Sunday, February 22, 2009 - Ft. Forth Show, Friday 2/27
Denizens of the greater Dallas / Ft. Worth area with an interest in spaceship jazz: join us at The Fairmount on Friday, Feb. 27. Shuttle and Gravity Feed will play as well. Hope to see you there!


Saturday, January 24, 2009 - Pro Music Instruction
Hey everyone, recently I opened a music school in the Woodlands, Texas called Pro Music Instruction with Rusty Cooley and Larry Asher. All of us have been teaching in the Spring/Woodlands/Conroe area for over a decade.

We are in need of a couple reliable, experienced (full time or part time) instructors. Our room rent is very affordable.

Contact us at

If you or your kids want to learn to play music, the school offers lessons for all ages and abilities:

Guitar (shred, rock, classical)
Drums (metal, rock, jazz, funk)
Piano (beginner)
Electric & upright bass (rock, jazz)


Sunday, January 18, 2009 - Drop Trio on Facebook
Although Facebook has its shortcomings, you can now keep up with Drop Trio and listen to our music via our Facebook group.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008 - Houston Show in Early '09
Happy New Year!

We have an upcoming show at our favorite Houston venue:

Friday, January 30
Avant Garden (411 Westheimer)

More details to come.

Thursday, June 12, 2008 - Escalator Music
Recently, we spent the day at Sugarhill Studios tracking songs for a new album. We're hopeful for a 2008 release.


Sunday, June 01, 2008 - Streaming DT
Wow, 2 months with no blog posts? Sorry about that. Been a bit of a crazy spring for all three of us. More to come soon, we promise.

Anyway, to keep your ears filled with spaceships, here's a little something to tide you over. Magnatune now offers embeddable streaming audio players so you can listen to both Big Dipper and Cezanne in their entirety. Nifty, no? You can see 'em below, and you can even embed these in your own blogs / myspace / facebook / etc. pages. Magnatune FTW!

Big Dipper by Drop Trio

Cezanne by Drop Trio

Ok, that's all for now. But more will follow, we promise.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008 - I prefer "trekker."
Undoubtedly, one of the most watched actors in the Drop Trio household gave some us some Twitter love. I, for one of three, would dearly love to play some poker with young Mr. Wheaton.

That is, of course, if YOU bank roll me.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008 - Houston Show Saturday
We'll be playing a show this coming Saturday evening (2/23) at The Tasting Room, a cool little wine bar in the Uptown Galleria area. We play at 9pm. Come on by!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008 - Canceled Shows
The Elephant Room (Austin) 1-23-08
Luna (San Antonio) 1-24-08

These shows have been canceled due to a family emergency.


Cezanne (Houston) 1-25-08
Revolution (Bryan) 1-26-08

Are still scheduled.

We apologize,
Drop Trio

Tuesday, January 15, 2008 - Run
This weekend Patrick and I ran the Houston Marathon. This was Patrick's 4th and my 1st.

If you have the means, I highly suggest doing it. The training and the satisfaction of accomplishing such a difficult goal is fairly awesome. Also, I have to say that running a marathon is a great way to see a city at a pace that lets you appreciate where you are. You pass through all sorts of neighborhoods that normally have very little in common. But on this day people of all ages, race, class, etc. line the roads in order to encourage the runners on. Many people bring sliced fruit, drinks, power bars, Kleenex, and other items needed during a long run and pass them out as you run by. Most cheer you on by name (your bib not only has a number but also your first name) and give you a high five as you pass. This was incredible to me. Complete strangers wishing everyone well. Plus, the people working the marathon (who are mostly volunteers) are the best staff ever hired to do anything. I couldn't get over how nice everyone treated each other. This really made me proud of my city. Way to go H-town.

Ian (always being the team player) stayed behind and had a marathon of his own.

...You can't make me take off my shirt!

Saturday, January 05, 2008 - Dancing Robots
Holy rad - check out this video of dancing japanese robots, set to Drop Trio music:

(Thanks to Roy in Albuquerque for the tip!)

Happy new year. Many more robots to come in 2008!

Tuesday, December 25, 2007 - Merry Holidays
Hope you are all having an appropriately jolly midwinter holiday season.

Quick reminder about some shows we've got coming up in January:

Hope to see you Texas folks there!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007 - Thummer
Ian was featured in an article about a new instrument called the Thummer - read more here. Neither confirming nor denying that you might see it in action during the winter Texas tour ...

Sunday, December 02, 2007 - Happy December
Hope everyone out there in Spaceship Jazz land is having a good December. We're going "below the radar" for a few weeks, but we'll be back to touring starting in mid January, with a few dates in Texas.

Peace on earth, good will to noise-making robots.

Saturday, November 17, 2007 - January Shows
We've got 4 dates planned in TX for January:

Hope to see you there!

Monday, November 12, 2007 - Jeff's Photos & New Blog
Just posted a new set of photos on Flickr. This one is a great bunch of B&W shots by our friend Jeff Balke from an aftershow we played after the Houston Press Music Awards in 2005. Fantastic shots.

BTW, if you're into the music blog thing, Jeff just started one called Broken Record. He's a great writer and it'll probably be a killer blog - all about the changes that are going on in the music industry these days. Give it a read, eh? Cuz Jeff Rocks.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007 - Funkdaween
We're playing a show this Saturday night (10/27) at Dan Electro's Guitar Bar (1031 E. 24th St.). We'll be opening for ON THE ONE, a San Diego funk band featuring members of Karl Denson's Tiny Universe.

Show probably starts around 9:00 pm, and from what I hear, there will be another opener - Akina Adderly & The Vintage Playboys.

This is going to be a Halloween party, so come in costume if you want (they're giving out at $100 prize for the best costume). See you there!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007 - Details Forthcoming
Thanks to all the folks who came out to see us on the Fall tour in the Northeast & Midwest. We had a blast, and we'll post more details & photos soon.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007 - Burning Rubber
Day one started early - particularly for Ian. We've started the tour with lots of driving. We are to play our first show in DC - more than a day of driving from Texas.

Our goal was to make it to Knoxville. Despite a flat tire, lots of trucks, and getting on the road very early, we made it.

Friday, September 21, 2007 - Fall Tour Announced
Here's the final lineup for our fall 2007 tour in the northeast:

Sep 27, 2007 - The Red & The Black
Washington, DC - (1212 H Street, NE)
9:30 pm, 21+, $8
With Basshound

Sep 29, 2007 - Lion's Den
New York, NY - (214 Sullivan St.)
8:30 pm, 18+, $10

Oct 1, 2007 - Skidmore College
Saratoga Springs, NY - (815 N. Broadway)
12pm (noon), Free, At Filene Music building

Oct 2, 2007 - Shadow Lounge
Pittsburgh, PA - (5972 Baum Blvd.)
10 pm, $3/$5, 18+
Featured act @ Human Nature

Oct 3, 2007 - Wilbert's
Cleveland, OH - (812 Huron Rd. E)
8:30 pm

Oct 5, 2007 - Wise Fool's Pub
Chicago, IL - (2270 N. Lincoln Ave)

Oct 6, 2007 - Mr. Robert's
Madison, WI - (2116 Atwood Ave)

Find out all the details on our Showdates page.

Hope to see y'all at the shows.

Sunday, August 19, 2007 - New Old Pics
Posted a few new (old) shots on our Flickr page today.

Don't Call Me Jerry

Especially amazing set of shots from the 2005 Houston Press Music Awards by Bryan Anderson. Definitely check out Bryan's work if you're ever looking for a photographer in Houston.

Sunday, August 12, 2007 - ACL afterparty, anyone?
Any of you kind folks who will be in Austin for the ACL Festival, take note: Drop Trio will be playing an ACL after-party at Club 115 on Sunday, 9/16, opening up for Particle. We play 9pm to 11pm. Hope to see you there.


Friday, August 03, 2007 - "Best" "Jazz"
Thanks to all of you, we took home the "Best Jazz" honors in the Houston Press Music Awards again this year. Both of those ("best" and "jazz") are fairly relative terms, especially in a city as diverse and huge as Houston, but there you have it - the readers have spoken. Thanks all!

Now, do yourself a favor and get over to Cezanne. There are world-class jazz musicians playing there every weekend who put us to shame. Go! Now!

Spaceship jazz from Texas.

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