Need something to do next week? Ignore the couch (it’s calling your name…) and get thee to Sonny’s, where Jaw Gems will be jamming. More details, from our reporter Tim, below:
Jaw Gems plays Tuesday nights at Local 188 on Congress Street and Thursday nights at Sonny’s on Exchange Street. Tyler Quist plays keyboard and sampler. Quist grew up in Fayette and went to Kent’s Hill High School. He played in a band back then called The Death Cats.D.J. Moore plays drums. He made up the band’s name, Jaw Gems. “It has to do with the grills that hip hop guys put over their teeth,” Quist said.
Andrew Scherzer plays bass guitar and keyboard. He grew up in Brunswick, Topsham, and Bowdoinham. He started playing saxophone in sixth grade but got kicked out for skipping class. “I wanted to learn Paul Simon music instead of the German national anthem and the theme song to Robocop.”
Ahmad Hassan Muhammad used to keyboards for the band, but he moved two weeks ago to Atlanta, Ga. They’re aren’t going to replace him. For now, they’re picking up the slack.
“We’re going to try to keep it to the three of us,” Quist said. “It’s been a challenge, but it’s also been eye-opening. Each time we play, we record ourselves. Then we listen to it later. We keep trying to improve, to find that deep sound.”