FULL INTERVIEW AND LIVE PERFORMANCES -- WUSF, 89.7 FM (Oct. 28, 2016)

"We’re excited to welcome Acme Jazz Garage, along with some special guests, to the Side Door this Saturday. Our friends at WUSF Radio are also excited about the show. Acme will be appearing on All-Night Jazz this Friday night, talking and playing some new music, at 9 p.m. with Mike Cornette on WUSF 89.7 FM. Tune in to the show on Friday, then get your tickets to seeCreative Loafing’s“Best of the Bay” jazz winners in the intimate Side Door Cabaret on Saturday night starting at 8." -- Paul Wilborn, PalladiumPaul's  Blog (Oct. 27, 2016)

"We’ve got three nights of “Best of the Bay” winners in the Side Door Cabaret this Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Pick a show and you won’t be disappointed with these groups that earned Besties from Creative Loafing. Saturday night, it’s another 2016 winner, Acme Jazz Garage, which won as Best Jazz-Jam Fusion group. Here’s what CL said about Acme: 'This quartet of vet jazz players (Matt Swenson, Bryan Lewis, Philip Booth and Tim Diehl) have been kicking out jams around town for the past five years. Acme Jazz Garage recently released a self-titled full-length, their first, which earned a glowing review in Relix magazine and showcases their brand of jazz-funk line-blurring and maintains their dynamic live appeal even with its impeccable production qualities. Add to that a super fine roster of guests (including conga master Gumbi Ortiz, NYC-based sax master Jeremy Powell and jazz singer Whitney James) and you have one damn fine musical infusion.' -- Paul Wilborn, PalladiumPaul's Blog (Oct. 26, 2016)

"If you simply want some chimichangas with your jazz-fusion, then head to Seminole Heights, where Ella’s stages their famous Soul Food Sundays and Tampa’s own Acme Jazz Garage play tunes to sooth your full belly. (Ella’s Americana Folk Art Cafe, Tampa)" -- Ray Roa, Creative Loafing (Oct. 18, 2016)

"This quartet of vet jazz players (Matt Swenson, Bryan Lewis, Philip Booth and Tim Diehl) have been kicking out jams around town for the past five years. Acme Jazz Garage recently released a self-titled full-length, their first, which earned a glowing review in Relix magazine and showcases their brand of jazz-funk line-blurring and maintains their dynamic live appeal even with its impeccable production qualities. Add to that a super fine roster of guests (including conga master Gumbi Ortiz, NYC-based sax master Jeremy Powell and jazz singer Whitney James) and you have one damn fine musical infusion." -- Creative Loafing Best of the Bay Best Jazz-Jam Fusion award, by Leilani Polk (Sept. 28, 2016) 

"Acme Jazz Garage, which is based in Tampa, Florida, performs funky jazz, soul jazz and Latin-flavored r&b grooves. While its music is danceable, it also features excellent musicianship and strong solos. The music, which is comprised of nine originals plus a heartfelt “America The Beautiful,” is spirited and well-played. Acme’s Jazz Garage’s recorded debut is quite accessible, consistently fun, and well worth picking up." -- Scott Yanow, L.A. Jazz Scene (August 2016)

"The Tampa quartet (you'll often seem them at Timpano in Hyde Park) is most comfortable in the sort of loping, jammy grooves one might associate with Phish; Medeski, Martin and Wood, or the Meters. Acme Jazz Garage is for those who like their jazz a little fluid, a little groovy." -- Jay Cridlin, Tampa Bay Times (July 17, 2016) 

""The self-titled debut by the Florida-based four-piece is a solid collection of revivalist funk and swing. Influences are rooted in '70s fusion, and the various contemporary pop styles that surrounded it. It makes for a much more enjoyable experience than your average 'trad jazz' album. The entire record is a capable excursion through one of the more playful eras of America's cultural history."   -- Wayan Zoey, Relix magazine, June 2016

"Their playing (WMNF Tropical Heatwave) was great, first a cover of 'Watermelon Man,' with lots of fun twists and turns, and then a great reading of keyboard player Bryan Lewis's tune 'Resonance' from the new self-titled album. Matt Swenson rises to the top of this one on guitar, and he was superb. Philip Booth and Tim Diehl anchored the proceedings on bass and drums with flair." -- Scott Hopkins, Tie Your Shoes Reviews (May 5, 2016)

"Recorded at the historic Springs Theatre Studio in Tampa, Acme Jazz Garage finds the instrumental quartet branching out from their genre roots and joined by a roster of special guests that include conga master Gumbi Ortiz, jazz singer Whitney James and NYC-based sax master Jeremy Powell, among others. The 10-track set is not only fun but a rather excellent demonstration of what four vet musicians can accomplish with some quality time in the studio and a little help from their friends" -- Leilani Polk, Creative Loafing (May 4, 2016)

Tropical Heatwave review: "Acme Jazz Garage (filled) the normally fiesta-happy Tequilas with heated jazz." -- Jay Cridlin, Tampa Bay Times (May 1, 2016)

"Without a doubt, Acme Jazz Garage is the Tampa Bay area’s most adventurous jazz band. This eponymous debut recording project finds the 5-year-old quartet in a jam-band groove, dipping its collective toes into straight-ahead jazz, Latin-tinged funk, R&B and a more modern   jazz/fusion sound. Lewis's keyboard work, particularly on Hammond B-3, and Swenson's melodic, often searing guitar, dominate the group sound, layered over an infectious groove set by Booth and Diehl. From start to finish, Acme Jazz Garage and friends make it clear that the Tampa area is blessed with great jazz talent." -- Ken Frankling's Jazz Notes (March 9, 2016)

"After 5 years, Gasparilla Music Festival still spotlighting local talent" (Acme photo) -- Jay Cridlin, Tampa Bay Times (March 9, 2016)

"In 2013, jazz and jam quartet Acme Jazz Garage was a first-time GMF performer. They played early in the day, and later got to meet some of their heroes, the Meters' George Porter Jr. and Phish's Page McConnell. This year, Acme Jazz Garage joins the rare fraternity of return local acts at GMF. They'll perform on the main stage at 11:30 a.m. Sunday." -- Jay Cridlin, Tampa Bay Times (March 8, 2016)

"Have you ever had a CD get stuck in your player? Not physically, but because it is so darn good you need to hear it over and over again? That's what happened when I popped the new recording from Acme Jazz Garage into the player. I've seen these guys in different settings, from purely straight ahead to all-out funk, but I simply wasn't prepared for a disc this superb, start to finish." -- Scott Hopkins, Tie Your Shoes Reviews (Feb. 2, 2016)

 "Acme Jazz Garage mixes the best bits of the Meters, Santana, Robben Ford, Grover Washington, Anita O'Day, Joe Sample, Roy Ayers and Marcus Miller into a refreshingly breezy sound of their own, and makes 'America the Beautiful' soulful as it ought to be. Hooray for AJG's good-time groove!" -- Howard Mandel, Jazz Journalists Association president, NPR arts reporter (2016)

"Some funky R&B, and straight-ahead jazz, and it could be one of the outstanding local releases of 2016." -- Randy Wind, program director., WMNF, 88.5 FM

"The influences felt scattered (which is good), but the song 'Resonance' immediately made me think of Steely Dan. That, too, is a good thing. Oh, and (I hear) hints of the Crusaders now and again. The rest felt like its own thing. This is really a hot little combo. Mission accomplished. It's a damn fine record. Bravo!" -- Louis Maistros, New Orleans singer/songwriter & acclaimed novelist (2016)

"AJG recorded a magnificent version of “America the Beautiful,” arranged by Bryan Lewis, which was played on several local radio stations over the Independence Day weekend." -- Scott Hopkins,

Acme Jazz Garage had expanded to a quintet for the evening, with Rick Runion on tenor sax. He got off to a good start with a nice solo on the opening “Hamp’s Hump.” An Eric Gale tune (“When Tokyo?”) followed with some interesting time changes. If your group plans to attempt the Crusaders’ 'Put It Where You Want It,' the guitar player had better nail his part. Matt Swenson was all over it, as I grinned ear to ear. Runion had fun with this one, too. I was sitting on the bench right next to Bryan Lewis, keyboard player for Serotonic and AJG. On Thursday, he had a baby grand to work with. For this funky workout, Lewis had a keyboard that worked as electric piano and organ equally well, and it was a blast watching him play. AJG is working on recording songs for a new CD, and next we heard two of bassist Philip Booth’s compositions. 'Mr. G.P'” was written in honor of Mr. George Porter, Jr., the king of New Orleans bass. The title harkens back to Coltrane’s tune for his bassist, Paul Chambers, the classic 'Mr. P.C.' It was Meters-inspired, and Booth stepped out nicely." -- Scott Hopkins, Tie Your Shoes Reviews (Feb. 7, 2015)

"Acme Jazz Garage's version of "America the Beautiful" has been released through AJG Records. This one-take recording of Bryan Lewis's arrangement is available for streaming and download through CD Baby, Spotify, Amazon, iTunes, and can also be heard on YouTube and Soundcloud. You can also hear their funky blues/jazz music every Thursday and Friday at Timpano in Tampa’s Hyde Park Village, plus in upcoming shows." -- Staff, Creative Loafing (Jul 04, 2015)

"This was jazz quartet music as good as you could hear anywhere. Anywhere. ... This is the best way for me to demonstrate the superb quality of this quartet: taking material from movies and pop tunes and making them as jazzy and relevant as the great standards. And it is a brilliant move, because you do want to engage the patrons." -- Scott Hopkins, Tie Your Shoes Reviews (Feb. 5 ,2015)

"... adding more funky energetic brassed-out grooves to the jazz sounds that remain by way of ... local blues-funk heavyweights Acme Jazz Garage, expanded by guest vocalist singer Belinda Womack and a two-horn section, Rick Runion (saxophone) and Ted Murphy (trombone)." -- Leilani Polk, Creative Loafing (Oct. 17, 2013)

"The funky, bluesy organ-fueled jazz quartet made up of vet local musicians — bassist Phillip Booth, guitarist Matt Swenson, drummer Tim Diehl and keysman Mike Aloia — lands at Ella’s for some Thursday night rocking and grooving" -- Leilani Polk, Creative Loafing (Jan. 31, 2013)

"Acme Jazz Garage at Ella’s -- Grown-ups, get a sitter and celebrate Halloween with the superb Acme Jazz Garage and special guests. Free. 9 p.m. 5119 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa. ellasfolkartcafe.com." -- Leilani Polk, Creative Loafing (Oct. 15, 2013)

""I will definitely be calling on you again" -- Julia Gorzka Freeman, Tampa Museum of Art (Fall 2013)

"Thanks for putting on a great performance! Hope we can have you guys again soon. I heard nothing but great things about you guys from my friends who were in attendance." -- Allon Sams, chair of Clearwater Jazz Holiday music committee (October 2012)

“Ease into your Sunday with soul food flavors and a performance by an all-star group of musicians otherwise known as Acme Jazz Garage; low-end maestro Philip Booth (Trio Vibe, Ghetto Love Sugar) and beats maker Tim Diehl make up the grooving rhythm section, guitarist Matt Swenson delivers jazz and blues-informed guitar licks and riffs, and keys man Mike Aloia jams the organ funkiness.” -- Leilani Polk, Creative Loafing (2012)

“Jazz fusion jam band Acme Jazz Garage plays Yeoman's Road Pub on Friday night.” -- Leilani Polk, Creative Loafing (2012)

“Acme Jazz Garage: Artist of the Day -- There’s no telling what sort of project local bassist, writer and all-around jazz scene leader Philip Booth is going to get into next. He’s played with groups like Trio Vibe, Greenwich Blue and his own Philip Booth Quartet, not to mention an array of solo gigs with artists like Bo Diddley. These days he’s focusing on Acme Jazz Garage, a jammy, jazzy, organ-driven group made up of local favorites: Tim Diehl (drums), Matt Swenson (guitar), Mike Aloia (keys) and occasionally singer Angela “Gee” Washington.” Looking for a comparison? Medeski Martin and Wood is a good place to start —Booth describes their sound as “a mix of jazz, blues, funk, fusion and R&B.” At the recent WMNF Talking Animals Music Night at New World Brewery, they played a soulful mix of funk and jazz songs that all dealt with chickens, including John Scofield’s Chicken Dog and Ron Levy’s Chicken Fried Snake. ” -- Jay Cridlin, TBT/St. Petersburg Times (April 16, 2012)

"Great set at 'Talking Animals'! Acme Jazz!!! Wow!" -- Cheryl Mogul, DJ, WMNF, 88.5 FM (2012)

"Catch a local supergroup comprising reputable jazz and funk musicians" -- Leilani Polk, Creative Loafing (2012)