ArushA is a new musical hybrid featuring distinct ska, jazz, and old school R & B elements. The resulting style is both intrinsically danceable and rewarding for the attentive listener. This band proves that the descriptive terms "fun" and "serious" must not be mutually exclusive
Not surprisingly, the band members come from diverse musical backgrounds. Bassist/leader Chris Weigers has played with artists such as the late Makanda Ken McIntyre, John Abercrombie, New York Ska Jazz Ensemble, and The Zen Tricksters. Shawn Murray is best known as the longtime drummer for the legendary Willy DeVille. Victor Burks, keyboard & vocals, is also a member of Chuck D's "Fine Arts Militia" while Dave Diamond, here on guitar and vocals, drums with Donna Jean and The Tricksters and leads his own "Pozzy Ghuru". Mala Waldron is in demand as both a keyboardist and vocalist and also leads her own "Mala Waldron Band". Her "Always There" cd is a jazz/R & B tour de force. Michael Amendola, tenor & soprano sax and flute, has recorded his own cd's also while being a mainstay of banjoist Tony Trischka's group. Uli Binetsch is a top musician in his native Germany while Mark Paquin holds the trombone chair with NYSJE and is the tallest band member.