Spectra Jazz News Wednesday, January 12, 2011Dynamic duo 3rd Scenario signs with Spectra JazzWith a jazz style that can be best described as Cool, Smooth and Funky, producer/performers, Scott "Bugs" Allen and Earl "Tee" Harris have signed with Spectra Jazz, bringing their duo…See More
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3rd Scenario is the veteran collaboration of two of L.A.'s most promising Jazz/Funk/ R&B visionaries -- Scott "Bugs" Allen, 2005 N.A.A.C.P. Theatre award-winning musical director, a native of Baltimore, MD met multi-talented Guitarist/Vocalist Earl "Tee" Harris, (Improm2, Stephanie Mills, BeBe Winans, Euge Groove) a Chicago son, 12 years ago at an audition for the now defunct Soul/Pop band Back2Back (Scene 1). This gifted duo seeking a more "cutting edge" project branched off with several of its departing members for a second project, but were still unsatisfied with the results (Scene 2). Finally, Allen and Harris decided upon taking the name "3rd Scenario". The name is meant to pay homage to both men being 3rd generation; Harris in namesake, and Allen in family musical legacy.The name also represents their third and final attempt at uncompromising musical excellence. In this effort, they would align themselves with only the best musicans available, thus raising the bar, and have been making their mark on stages and in the studios of L.A. ever since. With their national debut CD "It's About Time..." primed for world-wide distribution, 3rd Scenario has inked a deal with the Spectra Jazz label of Spectra Records. Their sound has been called sophisticated and funky! Their live stage shows with sidemen who rank among the elite session musicians in the industry have been described by the local jazz press as "The Dynamic Duo of FunkJazzSoul..."
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