One of Seattle’s greatest musicians you may have never heard of is Skerik. He has played on more than 200 albums since the late 80’s and is so entrenched in the Seattle punk and jazz scene that if you attended a bunch of concerts around town you would have probably caught him sitting in with some great bands many times.
From his website:
SKERIK has toured with the following:
Sadhappy, Critters Buggin, Ponga, Wayne Horvitz, Roger Waters, Les Claypool, Tuatara, Garage a Trois, The Dead Kenny Gs, Black Frames, Crack Sabbath, Maelstrom Trio, Bandalabra, Mad Season, Beta Popes, Omaha Diner, Syncopated Taint Septet, LORBO, Khu-eeX, Sound Cipher, DRKWAV, Skerik Band, OG GAT (original Garage a Trois) Stanton and Skerik’s Emerald Quintet, Robert Walter, Bobby Previte, Jamie Saft, MMOB, New York Composers Orchestra, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Headhunters, True Loves, Mctuff, Master Musicians of Jajouka, etc.
SKERIK has performed with/and or recorded with:
Fred Wesley, Mike Clark, Charlie Hunter, Russell Batiste, Bernard Purdie, Zigaboo Modeliste, Clyde Stubblefield, Stewart Copeland, George Porter Jr, The Meters, The Funky Meters, Dumpstaphunk, James Singleton, Johnny Vidacovich, Big Sam, Maurice Brown, Trombone Shorty, Midnight Disturbers Brass Band, SUNN, Nels Cline, Peter Apfelbaum, Medeski Martin and Wood, REM, Wil Blades, Scott Amendola, Jeff Parker, NORDRA, Monika Khot, Zen Mother, Zach Hill, Keefus Ciancia, Jon Brion, Galactic, Lettuce, John Scofield, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Om Johari, Stone Gossard, Pearl Jam, Eyvind Kang, Randall Dunn, Bernie Worrell, Sean Lennon, Ozomatli, Brownout, Primus, Chris Cornell, Wolves in the Throne Room, Cyril Neville, Ivan Neville, Ian Neville, Warren Haynes, Kidd Jordan, Jonathan Freilich, Helen Gillet, Eric Harland, Reggie Watts, Karl Berger, Steven Bernstein, Maceo Parker, Donald Harrison, Leo Nocentelli, Pee Wee Ellis, Adrian Belew, Calvin Weston, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, MonoNeon, Marco Benevento, David Torkanowsky, Andrew Bird, Ani Difranco, John Medeski, Green Sky Bluegrass, Leftover Salmon, Nth Power, Jennifer Hartswick, Nikki Glaspie, Industrial Revelation, Radioactive, Antibalas, Cory Henry, Scott Metzger, Joe Russo, Simon Lott, Ween, Tim Young, Hella, Barrett Martin, Kayo Dot, Todd Sickafoose, Bheki Mseleku, Aubrey Oaki, Mose Fan Fan, Somo Somo, Remy Ongala and Orchestre Matimila, The Coup, Shock G, Josh Roseman, Shazhad Ismaily, Marc Ribot, Larry Coryell, Screaming Trees, Squirell Nut Zippers, Sex Mob, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, The Word, North Mississippi Allstars, Mino Cinelu, Bob Stewart, Bill Ware, Buckethead, Ralph Carney, DJ Logic, Get It Gurl, Bonnie Raitt, Ruth Brown, Howard Tate, Maxi Priest, Steve Berlin, David Hidalgo, Steve Kimock, Corrosion of Conformity, DJ Olive, Elemental, DJ Riz, Doze Green, Ernest Ranglin, Yoshida Brothers, Dave Ellis, Gene Ween, Soulive, Allen Stone, M.I.R.V. My Name, Melvin Gibbs, and many more…
Here’s a few of my favorites: Skerik’s Bandalabra
This next one is a whole show but please watch/listen to the part at about 4:20 Skerik makes his sax sound like a guitar! Les Claypool’s Fancy Band
and I saved the best for last, The Dead Kenney G’s
Hope the sax was good for you!