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Landon Knoblock is a pianist, a composer, and an improviser. He also plays keyboards, like the Wurlitzer electric piano, the Fender Rhodes, and the Dave Smith Instruments Mopho x4. The first music Knoblock ever played was improvised. He was three. At the age of 9, he taught himself the music of Billy Joel. It was around this time that his Uncle Wayne gave him a large collection of vinyl records, one of which was Pink Floyd's "The Wall". He listened to it every night. At 12 years old, Knoblock rediscovered improvisation with some like minded middle school band mates. Forming a band with a drummer and bass player, Knoblock and friends likened themselves after the Grateful Dead torchbearers Phish, and other groups that incorporated rock songs and improvisation. Sometime during the next six years of religiously holding band practice in the garage every Sunday, Knoblock discovered jazz. It was Coltrane's “Giant Steps”, Cannonball's “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy”, and other seminal albums of the tradition. Next came some schooling, a couple of degrees, and a seven year stint in the sub tropics of Miami. In a wedding band.
Fortunately, all that wedding band money financed a move to New York, NY, where Knoblock has lived since 2007. He no longer plays weddings, but performs original creative music. Knoblock’s current band is CACAW, an organic and sometimes fierce trio with drummer Jeff Davis and saxophonist Oscar Noriega. Angular downtown jazz, rock, and some filthy synth bass inform CACAW's music. "They certainly can build up the intensity" writes Shaun Brady of the Philadelphia City Paper. He is also a member of the Michael Blake Band, the Katie Bull Band, and the Nathan Parker Smith Large Ensemble. Knoblock has performed with Ben Allison, Andrew D'Angelo, Ron Horton, Frank Kimbrough, Matt Wilson, Jeff Lederer, Chris Speed, George Schuller, and Michael Bates, among others. His last album, “Gasoline Rainbow” on Fractamodi Music, is a duo with prog/metal drummer and long time collaborator Jason Furman. Bruce Lindsay from All About Jazz writes “Gasoline Rainbow is unpredictable, energetic, beautiful, loud, soft, subtle and surprising.” Knoblock is currently working on CACAW's debut album, developing music with electro-rock artist Twintapes, and learning how to surf.