the band ...
Quiet Life Motel concerts and club dates feature configurations from duo to quintet. Performers include:
TILLERY, vocals and muted trumpet.
An 18-year veteran of Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers, Tillery performed on Soul Train and on several classic Go-Go records. He's a gorgeous jazz balladeer on muted trumpet, known to channel the spirit of Louis Armstrong when singing "Wonderful World."
EDDIE EATMON, bass
No one grooves quite like the melodious, funky Eddie — known to fans as "Kung Fu Bassman." Eddie's big-hearted playing on electric and upright bass has been heard in national tours by the likes of The Clovers and Hailu Mergia. He's currently working on his first solo album.
Percussionists with Quiet Life Motel include:
FELIX CONTRERAS, a long-time Quiet Life Motel collaborator, has performed and recorded with the likes of Poncho Sanchez. Felix hosts the alt-latino podcast, and is often heard on NPR. Felix sometimes commandeers an alternate personality of the band, "Quiet Life Mambo."
HECTOR 'COCO' BAREZ, who first performed with QLM in January 2018, regularly appears with Bio Ritmo and has also worked with Ruben Blades. His most recent album is El Laberinto del Coco.
MICHAEL "INVISIBLE BUNNY" CASKEY, a Downbeat award winner based In Chicago, played and recorded the simmering drums tracks heard on several selections on the "Anhinga" album, and on the single, "You and Me and Howard Cosell."
TIM RODRIGUEZ, a master on congas and chekere.
band sketch: Gareth Hinds
"The band ... gives improvised jazz a certain kind of earthy, rhythmic spice; Schulman describes the sound as "by turns nocturnal, reflective, funky, and cinematic." That last is key, as all of Schulman's compositions and the band's performances have a kind of dramatic arc baked into them. It's delicious."
— Michael J. West, Washington City Paper.