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Kai Lyons was born and raised in the Excelsior District of San Francisco. He attended Fairmount Elementary School, Herbert Hoover Middle School, and Balboa High School. He transferred to Ruth Asawa School of the Arts his Senior year when he decided he was passionate about music.
Coming from a musical family, Kai was exposed to many musical styles from an early age. His first formal instructor was the neighborhood piano teacher who taught Kai how to play the blues.
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At Fairmount Elementary School, Kai studied trumpet under Latin Jazz master John Calloway. Kai continued to play trumpet through his middle school years, culminating in a performance of The Star Spangled Banner at AT&T Park.
In 2006 Kai’s family moved to Guatemala so that his mom could be involved in a study that involved the effect of indoor cooking fires on the respiratory functions of rural Guatemalan citizens.
Back in the United States, Kai learned to play guitar in the backseat of a car that headed to a John Calloway CD release concert. Thanks Laura!
Butterfly Jazz Trio
FIRST TIME AROUND
Now available on CD Baby & iTunes
Erik Von Buchau – Drums
Dillan Riter – Bass
01 Cold Duck Time
(Eddie Harris) 5:29
02 Autumn Leaves
(Joseph Kosma, Johnny Mercer, Jacques Prévert) 8:39
03 Gingerbread Boy
(Jimmy Heath) 6:00
04 Polka Dots And Moonbeams
(Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny Burke) 8:29
05 Adam’s Apple
(Wayne Shorter) 8:13
(Sam Rivers) 7:48
(Sonny Rollins) 4:50
ABOUT THE CD
Recorded at Granada Studios in Half Moon Bay on August, 29, 2013, FIRST TIME AROUND by the Butterfly Jazz Trio is a spontaneous romp through some funky grooves, subtle ballads and straight ahead explorations. The session was inspired by gigs the Butterfly Jazz Trio played in downtown San Francisco in various bars and hotels during the summer of 2013.
All tunes were chosen like they had been on the gigs – spur of the moment, like many of the great sessions of the late 1950s and early 1960s. Two takes were done of most tracks but invariably the first was the one chosen. Freshness and immediacy was the agenda. There are no click tracks, prefabrications or overdubs of any kind. Just real instruments, listening, talented players and a splendid warm-sounding tube amp built by Rico Macalma, the engineer on the session.
At around 5pm, the crew packed up realizing that we all needed a break. We headed up to the Mission District in San Francisco for dinner. Time to chill before another gig at a hotel off of Union Square.
If you are a fan of the jazz guitar trio, music that swings hard and melodies that stay with you long after you finish that last track, check out the CD. Makes a great gift too. You may just want to listen to it again and again.
Engineer & Mix by Rico Macalma, Mastering by Rainer Gembalczyk
Executive Producer & CD Design – Paul Lyons
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