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Purple Squirrel plays a rare breed of original instrumental music, infused with modern jazz, funk, rock and blues influences. Based in Boulder, Colorado, the quartet is the brainchild of guitarist Chris Malley and keyboardist Bob Schlesinger. Having played together as sidemen in many other projects, they created Purple Squirrel as their forum for musical mayhem. They have been playing clubs and festivals since 2013, and their CD "Split Shot" is available on iTunes. The rhythm-section roster features some of Colorado's finest bassists and drummers.

Band leaders ...

Chris Malley is a versatile multi-instrumentalist (guitar, mandolin, violin, bass, keyboards), composer and recording engineer. He played widely in New England, New York and Los Angeles before moving to Colorado. Comfortable in all styles and situations, he's the first-call guitarist for many groups. Chris is a prolific composer, and has written the majority of Purple Squirrel's material.

Bob Schlesinger is a pianist, producer and composer whose work covers diverse styles, including jazz, blues, R&B and classical. In his dozen years with singer Hazel Miller, he played Colorado's Red Rocks Amphitheater six times, opened for James Brown and Earth Wind & Fire, performed at the Telluride Blues Festival, Winter Park Jazz Festival, Jazz Aspen, and with the Longmont Symphony Orchestra. As leader of the jazz group Tsunami, he toured the U.S. and Europe. Bob produces projects for other artists, and he writes soundtracks for films, video, commercials and theater.

Honorary squirrels ...

Bass: Mark Diamond | Paul McDaniel | Chris Engleman | Eric Thorin | Ron Bland | Brian Casey | Patrick McDevitt

Drums: Christian Teele | Matt Amundson | Dean Oldencott | Matt Houston | Alejandro Castaño |

Keys: Eric Gunnison | Victor Mestas | Stephen Thurston | Eric Moon

Horns: Darren Kramer | Tim Libby | Bob Rebholz



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