Yep, that's what it often feels like when you play original music. ("Steve who . . . ?") REAL INCOGNITO is a project I've been working on off-and-on since 2010 when electric bass pal David Vermette and I started running some of my new tunes together. Dave and I did a jazz jam at Acton Jazz Cafe the summer of 2010, and then an opening set, with John Funkhouser (keys) and Mike Connors (drums), at Amazing Things Arts Center in Natick in March 2011. REAL INCOGNITO gives us jazzbos an opportunity to rummage around in some nonjazz idioms we love, in the guise of an electric pop band. Reggae, ‘60s soul, Balkan odd meters, N. African gnawa, yadda yadda yadda. Tunes include oblique tributes to heroes Robert Frank and Paul Motian, skewed reflections on dental and skin care, and selections from the TBI/TBD Suite. Now, like A. Schwarzenegger, we're back. Catch STEVE THOMAS & REAL INCOGNITO at OUTPOST 186 in Cambridge, MA, Monday, June 24, 8:00 p.m. Steve Thomas (vocals/tunes) John Funkhouser (electric keys) Mike Connors (drums/percussion/glockenspiel) Greg Loughman (electric bass) Check out our Calendar section for deets.

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