Natsukashii Soul performs at the Jazz Station in Eugene
- Autumn Rose vocals
- Frank Visconti trumpet
- Vincent Panero vocals, keys, guitar
- Greg McKelvey bass
- Sam Hayward drums
Formed at the end of 2021, the quintet has played over 50 gigs in town and Portland. The band's repertoire includes vocal based jazz tunes and originals led by Autumn Rose whose voice is distinctively soulful. Experienced trumpet player Frank Visconti adds melodic color over complex chord structures played by Vincent Panero on keys and guitar. Highly syncopated rhythms from Sam Hayward on drums and Greg McKelvey on electric and stand up bass weave the band's sound into a unique experience with deep roots in jazz. Their set lists cover tunes by Freddie Hubbard, Erykah Badu, Robert Glasper, Wayne Shorter, Oliver Nelson and Blondie. The band is working on an original studio album and continue to have a busy live performance schedule. Live recordings are available on iTunes and Spotify.
Autumn Rose is from Eugene and has been singing all her life. She speaks Japanese and named the band after her favorite word, Natsukashii, which is the feeling you get when you sense something and it brings you back to happy thoughts of the past. She writes songs for the band as well as arranging our tunes.
Frank Visconti is from New York City and studied trumpet from 3rd grade with classical trumpet teacher Richard Brooks who was principal trumpet at the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. He later studied with legendary trumpet players Laurie Frink, Lew Soloff and Tony Glausi.
Vincent Panero is from Santa Cruz and performed in Japan for five years. He also speaks Japanese. He plays keys, guitar and writes many of our original tunes.
Greg McKelvey is a classically trained bass player who also studied jazz. Greg's got the goods!
Sam Hayward is from Eugene and is one of the busiest drummers in town, frequently playing in Portland and Seattle with Soul Vibrator, Doink! and Molasses.