The Jir Project
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The Jir Project has been brewing their style of Native American contemporary rock for the past ten years. This musical trio started working together in 1997 in a cold basement in Albuquerque, NM. The group started by playing the club scene with is unique style of contemporary blues under the name Bill Street Blues. Under BiLL StreeT the band has played thousands of hours on the music scene ranging from clubs to festivals.
The Jir Project started to take a more distinctive shape when lead guitarist Dennis “Jir” Anderson, Jr. started producing original music that had been requested by the BiLL StreeT following. Bass player Tony Ward combined his reputable sound from his homeland Tyler, Texas. Finally bringing it all home with his classic percussion technique is David Vasquez (El Paso, Texas).
Dennis “Jir” Anderson, Jr. is a Native American from Pueblo of Cochiti, NM, were as a youth of 12 started on a home made guitar built from a table top for the body and construction nails for frets. Jir’s desire to pursue his musical dreams continued through the years and has ventured into many styles ranging from blues to disco to reggae. Jir premiered his talents as lead guitarist for Jamaican recording artist Fuzzy Bush in 1997. Jir toured the US and Jamaica and his nimble guitar worked can be heard on Sitting in the Wilderness and more recently Celebrate by Native Roots (2007). Jir has built a great reputation as a professional and hard working guitar player in the musical community and has played with such artists as Old School Players, Corey Alison, Darren Geffre and Native Roots. Jir has shared the stage with acts ranging from the Native American group Indigenous to classic rock groups such as Bad Company.
Most recently Jir has released his 2007 debut CD, Keep It flowin’, were he was able to release his musical talents. The refreshing style of new age rock is backed with traditional Native American flute tones and chants from his native culture. Jir takes great pride in his roots and his Native American upbringing is embedded into his music and keeps him grounded with his fans and fellow artists. Jir always hits the stage with great pride and desire to have his audience have a great musical experience.
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