The Grippe' is an old British slang meaning sickness, and this illness' symptoms are making people boogie.
Exploding onto the Colorado music scene in 2007, The Grippe is an organ trio fusing funk, jazz, neo-soul, and blues into one original mix of tunes. Infectious grooves, talented players, and a blend of classic and modern sounds comprise the sound of The Grippe. Their music is always groovy and full of funk to dance to, but also keeps a close tie to jazz and blues intellectual roots.
The Grippe is made up of two accomplished Fort Collins musicians and one sensational newcomer. Charlie Humphreys (guitar) formerly played with blues rock favorites eHoly Moses and the High Rollers and recorded an album to high acclaim. Stu Crair (drums) toured nationally with the highly respected progressive-rock band eOrooni, as well as forming ethe Hugh: Jazz Combo which continues to play in a weekly jazz residency in Fort Collins. Newcomer Walter Hannah (Hammond organ, keyboards, bass keys) came to the band via Portland where he recorded with The Parallel Trio and pushes the sound of The Grippe by playing with his unique style and phrasing.
The members of The Grippe have played over 500 shows collectively, including major music festivals like Wakarusa and 10,000 Lakes Festival. In addition, the members of the band have been on national tours from Vermont to Washington State and everywhere in between.
Their musical influences range from Mike Stern to Stevie Wonder; from Booker T and the MGs to Frank Zappa. The Grippe has shared the stage with jazz and funk heavyweights such as Soulive, The New Mastersounds, Lettuce, Bustle in Your Hedgerow (featuring the Benevento/Russo Duo and Dave Driewitz of Ween), Joey Porter and Dominic Lalli of The Motet, The New Orleans Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Magic Gravy (featuring members of ALO and The Motet), Garaj Mahal, The Stanton Moore Trio, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Porter Batiste Stoltz, Eric McFadden Trio, The Breakfast and many more.
Already, The Grippe was named as the first house band for Hodi's Half Note in Fort Collins, and has performed at the world renowned Fox Theatre (Boulder), the Aggie Theatre, The Goat (Keystone), 320 South, the Mishawaka Amphitheatre, Owsleys Golden Road, and Alto jazz lounge to name a few.
Now, with the release of the first CD called THE GRIPPE LP, the band is spreading music across the Front Range and beyond with no end in sight for how far the epidemic might spread.