|“Trashcan Joe is a marvel, a wonder that defies categorization in any sort of contemporary setting.”
Don Campbell, The Oregonian
Trashcanjo n. [trash kan jo] A banjo made out of a trashcan. Ideology based on maximum musical output from recycled minimum input. Coffee brewed in a trash can.
Soaring vocal harmonies and modern song writing set in a soundscape harkening to the early jazz era, Trashcan Joe has a unique sound with a broad appeal. The fact that the instruments are made from recycled and found objects is quickly lost to their stellar musicianship. It’s no wonder they are a steadily working live band and have performed at events such as Pickathon, Burning Man, Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Live Wire, the Northwest Folklife Festival in Seattle , Oregon Country Fair, and were the house band at the Candidates Gone Wild at the Roseland Theater.
Trashcan Joe also has soundtrack work on the resumé. They scored the music for the Aurora award winning OPB special Zig-Zag which explores the stories of several Portland area commuters. Later came the feature motion picture Lipstick and Dynamite, which chronicles the history of women’s wrestling and includes TJoe music as part of the soundtrack. TCJ was well received at NYC’s 2008 Tribeca Film Festival in the film “The Auteur.” Most recently they licensed music for a TV commercial by American Family Insurance.
Cap’n James Cook – vocals. Creator of the Trashcanjo, the Trashcan Bass, the Tuborgan, and the Can o’ PA.
Jason Wells – vocals, cornet, zob stick, Lead extrovert. Composer of some of Tjoe’s most memorable songs.
Mike Danner – vocals, accordion, melodica, tuborgan Honey-voiced singer. Slick jazz accordionist. Was featured on Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Oregon Art Beat. Also performs solo and with his band Velvida Underground. His Accordion Crimes website features duets with Portland’s premier songwriters.
Yascha Noonberg – trashcan bass, vocals. Also in the band Calynco, where he is the master of the steel drum. In Trashcan Joe he is the master of a much more refined instrument, the steel trashcan bass. A true musical alchemist, Yascha can turn garbage into gold at will. The owner of Starfish Studios, he records and teaches some of Portland’s best musicians, all while making bubbling and gurgling noises.
Trashcan joe is what you have, and that is more than enough – Joe