On Dante began as a spin off and experimental band of Rotten Apple created by saxophonist and pianist Timothy House and guitarist Rodney Williams. Tim had a dream about composing new jazz standards for the 21st century with their roots to the greats like Charlie Parker and Coltrane. The band split off and did some small shows with the original material but as Rotten Apple became more popular the new songs were incorporated the act along with the remakes of jazz standards. Rotten Apple eventually broke up never recording an album.
Today Tim's group On Dante is recreated and is composing new pieces with plans of a full album of mixed between contemporary jazz to smooth jazz highlighting several instruments but mostly saxophone. Tim was able to use some musicians he met on his many musical endeavors to create a unique sound. Meeting violinist Andrea Young in 2011 and after hearing her unique tone and style Tim asked her to play on a special jazz piece written specifically for the instrument, which is not commonly used in jazz as a solo instrument. Tim also used his former band director and trombonist Samuel W. Mayes. His dark and smooth sound went well with Tim's warm saxophone tone. Tim had also worked with vocalist Lola de Hanna on rock music but thought her unique voice would work well on jazz pieces as well. Lola often comments on how the piece (Queen of Diamonds) takes her back to a simpler time long past with a very modern voice behind old school saxophones and piano sounds.
Tim's new band will be recording the songs he wrote for Rotten Apple though not recorded yet. He continues to find new exciting sounds for his compositions with many more songs yet to come. Stay tuned.
Contributing members to On Dante
Lola de Hanna (vocals)
Andrea Young (violin)
Samuel W. Mayes (trombone)
Wes McCraw (drums guitar)
Timothy House (vocals, bass, piano, saxophone, flute, clarinet)