Chicago band Spare Parts brings jazzy funk to Kryptonite Oct. 6

Spare Parts performs at the Alive One 15-year Anniversary Party. Pictured are, from left, are bassist Colin Scott, drummer Mike Bruno and keyboardist Kevin Kozol. (Photo by Scott Mason Bittinger)

Staff Report

Colin Scott, Kevin Kozol and Mike Bruno — as Chicago-based band Spare Parts — bring their blend of funk, rock, jazz and electronic to Kryptonite in downtown Rockford at 7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 6. Cover is $5.

The jazz funk trio has been performing since 2000 and has opened for or shared the stage with Victor Wooten, Wayne Krantz/Keith Carlock, Alan Evans Trio, Stanton Moore, George Clinton, Lenny Pickett, Fareed Haque, Snoop Dogg, Liquid Soul, Marco Benevento, Garage a Trois, Melvin Seals and Jazz Mandolin Project.

Paul Abella of Chicago Jazz magazine wrote: “These three can lay down some serious funk, whether it be the kind meant to get you on the dance floor, or the kind that makes you tap your foot while your mouth is left gaping. Clearly, a band that can lay down the funk for 70 minutes with nary a dull spot in the mix is doing something right. Very right.”

The band’s Oct. 6 appearance at Kryptonite will serve as a release show for the band’s fourth CD, Bright Minor. The seven-track disc features the band’s unique funky jazz-rock-electronic fusion, and includes tenor sax and alto sax from Chicago-based saxophonist Rob Haight. The band’s other releases include Trio (2009), Brain Candy (2006) and Exit 54 (2003).

Scott plays bass and cites influences ranging from John Paul Jones to Stanley Clarke. The Rock River Times’ Jim Hagerty wrote in 2006: “Often a behind-the-scenes instrument, the bass guitar is, in fact, a challenging animal to tame; however, Colin Scott proves he’s a big-game hunter. Without reservation, he lays down poppy funk and blues-ridden riffs over jazz melodies.”

Scott and drummer Bruno played together in their high school band. Keyboardist Kozol hooked up with drummer Bruno at Southern Illinois University (SIU), where they played together in bands, until Scott joined them and Spare Parts was born.

Playing many venues around SIU, the band quickly rose to prominence in Carbondale, before moving to Chicago in 2003.

In addition to playing in Spare Parts, Kozol has composed several scores for independent movies and websites, and leads his own jazz group, The Kevin Kozol Quartet. He also teaches piano at Harold Washington College and is the owner of House Call Music.

Bruno free-lances as a percussion instructor, teaches drums at Harold Washington College and also composes percussion ensemble music. He performs regularly with national acts such as Birds of Chicago, JT & The Clouds and Daphne Willis. He has appeared several times in Modern Drummer magazine.

More about the band, including track audio and live performance video, is at

Kryptonite is at 308 W. State St., Rockford, and can be reached at (815) 965-0931.

From the Oct. 3-9, 2012, issue

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