Zen at work
Zen Boogie brings eclectic style to Jax
By John Sollenberger 05/10/2012
Friday night, music fans can catch some familiar faces at Jax Bar & Grill as Zen Boogie comes in for one of the group’s frequent shows.
The band’s sound is built around the music of LA native, keyboardist, songwriter and lead vocalist Robert Linden. Linden pulls his inspiration from an eclectic mix of tunes in the popular music catalog. Far-flung influences come from sources including the blues of Janis Joplin, the soul of Otis Redding, pop sounds à la Carole King and James Taylor, folk from the likes of Dan Fogelberg, rock sounds of Robbie Robertson and the Beatles, fusion/pop from Steely Dan and even some Rodgers and Hart works.
That eclecticism has led to a wide-ranging gig schedule, everything from jazz-oriented clubs like Jax to the Cat Club, Whiskey A Go-Go and the LA Marathon.
Zen Boogie has produced one disc, “Beginnings: The Early Live Recordings,” which received rave reviews, and is working on its first studio album now.
Visit zenboogie.net to hear all about it.
Music starts at 8 p.m. Friday at Jax Bar & Grill, 339 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. No cover. Call (818) 500-1604 or visit jaxbarandgrill.com.