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Happy Apple (The Kennedy Center)

Happy Apple

Happy Apple is an American jazz trio. Formed in 1996 in Minneapolis, members of the band are David King (drums), Michael Lewis (saxophones) and Erik Fratzke (electric bass). All three members compose music for the group, which places equal emphasis on improvisation. Happy Apple plays a brand of jazz music that draws on several other genres; the group's members play in other bands ranging from indie rock and heavy metal to free jazz and electronic. The best known of these is The Bad Plus, in which King also plays drums.

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Happy Apple 1/27/08: Happy Apple

The Minneapolis-based experimental jazz group—made up of David King (of The Bad Plus) on drums, Michael Lewis on sax, keyboards, and bass, and Erik Fratzke on guitar—takes its name from a 1960s Fischer-Price toy that King often uses as a percussion instrument.

Happy Apple

The Minneapolis-based experimental jazz group—made up of David King (of The Bad Plus) on drums, Michael Lewis on sax, keyboards, and bass, and Erik Fratzke on guitar—takes its name from a 1960s Fischer-Price toy that King often uses as a percussion instrument.

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