Happy Orchestra, produced by drummer Tarik Abouzied, is an award-winning band that puts smiles on faces and lights fires under feet. Its members are drawn from some of the Northwest’s most highly regarded funk, jazz, and soul bands including McTuff, Skerik’s Bandalabra, Richie Aldente, and more. The band, voted Alternative Jazz Group of the Year by readers of Earshot Jazz, combines instrumental and compositional firepower with a determined effort at crafting an intensely happy musical experience.
“Smoking-hot music from top-notch talent.” – CityArts Magazine
Abouzied was awarded a 4Culture Arts Project Grant in order to develop, record, and perform with Happy Orchestra. The band was conceived from his gratitude and experiences as an established musical force in Seattle: “The level of talent in this city is astounding, the community that supports this music scene is as strong as I’ve ever seen, and contributing to that has been incredibly life affirming. … I want more, and so Happy Orchestra is born.” Their debut album, Baba, reached #5 on the KEXP NW Music Chart and was nominated NW Recording of the Year.
"Rocking soulful horn-powered grooves..." - Abe Beeson, KNKX 88.5FM Seattle