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1. Jo Henley - pop/country?
(4.06-9.09)

Andy Campolieto: vocals, guitar
Ben Lee: vocals, guitar
Tim Weed / Jordan Santiago: violin, mandolin
Harry Hussey: bass
Tien-Yi Lee: drums

Sometimes things seem to fall out of the sky and into your lap, and for these rare occasions we are grateful...
I was checking out a friend of a friend of a friend's country band in New York City, when all of a sudden it occurred to me, "Maybe I should join a country band?" Apart from a brief stint with a guitar playing boyfriend, I had stopped playing drums entirely for nearly four years, but for some reason, country music was getting to me - the longing, the honesty, the simplicity, the delicious sound of slide guitar...
Feeling inspired, I got back to Boston and did a quick Craigslist search - answered two ads, auditioned for one band, and within a week I had joined Jo Henley. It's more pop than country, but I dig it, it works, my band members are cool, and it does feel amazing to be hitting things again. Music - if it's in you, it never goes away for long.

Selected Gigs
Tommy Doyle's, Cambridge, MA
Toad, Cambridge, MA
Paradise Lounge, Boston, MA
The Baggot Inn, NYC
Banjo Jim's, NYC
Hill Country, NYC
Radio Bean, Burlington, VT
The Haunt, Ithaca, NY
The Red & the Black, Washington, DC
Blinkin' Lincoln, Philadelphia, PA
Towne Pump Tavern, Black Mountain, NC
Old Time Coffeehouse, Johnson City, TN
WDVX Blue Plate Special, Knoxville, TN


2. WhoSheBe? - vocal jazz quartet
(7.98-8.2002)

Grace Chung: vocals
Akiko Iwase: piano
Jane Wang: bass
Tien-Yi Lee: drums

I'd always had this idea in my head that I wanted to form an all-Asian female band. Apart from singers, women musicians were still pretty scarce in those days, and never mind Asians of either gender. I wanted to see a band that would defy expectations - a band people where people could see us, identify with us, and think, hey, they're talented, smart, nice, normal people, who'd ever think they'd be playing in a band...? WhoSheBe? was formed in conspiracy with Grace Chung, another MIT grad-student musician. Our all-Asian female vocal jazz group performed in and around Boston and New York for over four years. We put out two CD's, a live radio performance recorded on "Eric in the Evening," and "Bygones," a darker album recorded in 2000. Check out the WhoSheBe? website.

Listen (mp3s)
Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise
Secret Agent Man
I Thought About You
Well You Needn't

Selected Gigs
WGBH live radio show: Eric in the Evening
Metronome, New York City, NY
The Living Room, Brooklyn, NY
Les Zygomates, Boston, MA
The Good Life, Boston, MA
The Elephant Walk, Cambridge, MA
Bob the Chef's, Boston, MA
Chops Jazz Lounge, Boston, MA
The Improv Asylum, Boston, MA
Jazzmaster's, Providence, RI


3. Janet Feld - folk/pop artist
(10.96-10.99)

Janet Feld: vocals, guitar
Harry Hussey: bass
Tien-Yi Lee: drums

I played with Janet for three years in Boston. She's a folk-pop singer/songwriter, and she plays guitar. Her songs aren't what you'd traditionally think of as "folk," and they're pretty different from each other, so I enjoyed coming up with new parts. It was creative, and we had a good time, Janet, Harry Hussey, the bass player, and me. Harry and I played together for three years. We got the rehearsal space at the Music Complex together back in May of 96. I miss the jams.

Selected Gigs:
Passim, Cambridge, MA
The Cantab Lounge, Cambridge, MA
The Black Sheep Cafe, Amherst, MA
The Book and Brew, Norwell, MA


4. The MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble
(9.97-6.98)

I joined this big band when I went back to MIT to finish up my master's degree. Big band drumming is pretty different from small ensembles. It takes some real aggressiveness to do it right. I'm thankful I got the chance to try. It was a good learning experience, and I made some good contacts through the FJE. Also, it was nice to have a gig that even my mom could come to see...


5. Complex Rhythms

Video Production. Produced July 97. Aired December 97

This project was a video production of drum and percussion ensemble pieces kind of thrown together by various drummers from The Music Complex. I did a two drumset piece involving African kinka rhythms.


6. Banter
(5.96-10.96)

This band was only together for five months, so there isn't too much of note. We were a rock trio, with Scott Williamson writing the tunes, singing and playing guitar, Harry on bass, and me. This was when I first got a rehearsal space at the Music Complex, that nasty rehearsal warehouse in Charlestown. I shouldn't call it nasty, just because the place perpetually smells like stale pot and donuts, and someone always 'forgets' to flush the toilet in the ladies' room. Actually, I spent some of the best summers of my life at the Music Complex. Now the space has been converted to a massive block of condos. *sigh*


7. Jeff and Jane
(5.95 - 10.95)

I played my first ever gig with this rock band at the Paradise, exactly one year after I bought my first drum set. Jeff and Jane were well connected, so we got to play at places like The Middle East, Bill's Bar, and TT the Bear's. We were LOUD. There's no need to say more.