The Hatchlings are a Kansas City-based Blues & Jazz Trio. Their name comes from the late, great, Provine "Little" Hatch, whose style and musicality continues to influence each song they play.
Combining many years of playing experience, their unmistakable sound and energy cuts like a knife, aiming to revive and renew the spirit in this art form known as "Live" Music. The three members of The Hatchlings are Jaisson Taylor (Drums), Len Bacoski (Bass), and Bill Dye (Guitar).
Taylor began his musical journey at a young age when he demonstrated an instinctual ability to capture rhythms and arrangements quickly. As he developed, all efforts went into perfecting this skills as a percussionist, singer/songwriter, producer and educator.
Taylor further polished his craft through appearances with many diverse artists like Bill Withers, Al Green, Jean Luc Donty, Freddy King, Santana, the Staple Singers, Tina Turner and many others through the 70's and 80's. In the 90's, Taylor became a founding member of the dance band Hot House, spending 10 years as house band at the popular nightspot, The Levee.
Hot House still performs at weddings and private functions. During this period a strong association developed with internationally renowned Little Hatch and the Houserockers (with Bill Dye and Joe Whitfeld). Taylor produced two recordings and helped expose Little Hatch to a larger audience. Taylor has expanded his foray in music to include teaching and performing African and Brazilian percussion with Bird Fleming and the Traditional Music Society.
This has led to a long relationship with the Friends of Alvin Ailey and Ailey camps (which was awarded at the White House with Barbara Bush).
Taylor's solo CD "Tug of Love" has garner positive response.
However, his recent project with The Hatchlings is starting to heat up with concert appearances with Roomful of Blues and Dopa Chubby.
The Hatchlings, with veterans Bill Dye and Len Bacoskie, are creating a buzz regionally. Recordings and concert appearances are definitely in the plans for the future.
Len Bacoski's musical career started in 1960 when his favorite Aunt gave him her 1951 Fender p-bass and encouraged him to take lessons. Bacouski studied with Philadelphian's legendary Russel Faith and by early 1963 had started working around Philly with older musicians, some whom went on to play with Jack McDuff, Groove Holmes, Mike Stern, Spyro Gyra, and Natalie Cole.
After a 15-year hiatus, Bacouski began working in Kansas City and Buck Brown, Richard Townsend, Big Slim, Big Woody, and Lester King. He currently holds down the bass chair fo John Dauls Flying Circus and "classic rockers" Alter Ego and The City Limit Band, along with the privilege of playing with The Hatchlings.
Bill Dye (guitar, slide guitar, steel guitar) is a veteran musician who has lived in Kansas City since 1982. Originally from Lincoln, Neb., he has played through out the Midwest, performing blues, country and western, rhythm and blues, rock'n roll, and jazz.
He was based in Austin, Texas for a number of years, touring throughout the southwest. He played with legendary bluesman Luther Allison in 1979 and 1980, traveling throughout the U.S. and Europe, and appears on Luther's 1980 album "Time," recorded in Paris. After stints in Nashville and central Illinois, Dye moved to Kansas City. Since then, he has played with Tom Bark, the Bon Ton Soul Accordian Band, BCR, Dan Doran, Ida McBeth, Danny Cox, and other Kansas City artists.
He appears on recordings by many of the artists above as well. He has accompanied such artists as Charlie Mussewhite, Claude "Fiddler" Williams, Jimmy Witherspoon, Magic Slim, champion Jack Dupree, and Robert Lockwood, to name a few. In 1990 Dye released his solo album "Buffle Off to Shuffalo," a collection of originals in which he played all instruments.
The album received a very favorable writeup in the November 1991 issue of Guitar Player magazine. For most of the decade, Dye played with the great blues singer and harmonica player Little Hatch, both in a band setting and as a duo.
He appears on two of Hatch's albums -- "Well,Allright!" a live band recording that includes fellow Hatchling Jaisson Taylor and "Going Home," an intimate acoustic duo session. In addition to his versatile guitar stylings, Dye also contributes original material to The Hatchlings songlist.
The Cherokee Jazz and Blues Festival will be held from Jan. 8th through Jan. 10th in Cherokee.
Festival tickets are available at the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce, 225-6414, The Copper Cup, 225-5287, and State Farm Insurance, 225-5747.
For more information on the 2010 Cherokee Jazz and Blues Festival go to www.cherokeejazzbluesfestival.com.