Born in the foothills of the Rockies, but rooted in the sounds of modern soul, powerhouse funk, and smooth 60’s R&B, Choice City Seven is an eight-piece band with a big city sound. Their live shows bring people together in celebration of down-home, no-frills, good music.
The band is held together by a talented and textured rhythm section – Logan Doddridge (drums), Sean Jaster (keys), John McKay (guitar), and Jeremiah Teague (bass). The horns bring just the right boom – Greta Cornett (trumpet), John Giordanengo (trombone), Phuong Nguyen (sax). The band is fronted by a charismatic and soulful singer – Chris Leck (vocals).
It started one night in a cramped practice room when 3 members of 12 Cents for Marvin each brought a friend with the goal of exploring and writing new music that sounded like whatever made them feel good at the time, no matter what genre it was. The result is a sound for everyone. From people who just want to dance to groovy hooks to heady jazz nerds.
2017 marked a major accomplishment for the band with the release of their debut album “Freshman Year.” “By the time we recorded the album, we had spent so much time together as a band and as good friends,” explains Sean Jaster, keyboard player and songwriter. “We really wanted to present an album of snapshots of us growing together. That’s why there’s such a wide range of songs.”
Choice City Seven is more than a band. It’s a family where everyone feels like they belong. Audience members are never strangers. They’re just long lost cousins invited to join the party.
“It’s a super funked up soul with a killer horn section. The music has tons of heart, yet still is so damn fun. It’s easy to imagine how this band of seasoned musicians is incredible live.” – Josh Johnson, Denver Post
“This is a band out to make music that makes them happy, and a band truly dedicated to creating a joyful experience for the audience. They also happen to be an extraordinary collection of talent.” – Jeremy Fleischer, Scene Magazine
“Muscular honky-tonk rock with a touch of soul. Four stars.” – Mike Baron, Pop Geek Heaven
“The band had a timeless sound to them that appeals to all ages, delivering a danceable groove that will always be a part of any good music festival.” – Sean Kennedy, KCSU