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Italian trio Zu pride themselves on their work ethic and ability to battle adversity. Since forming in Rome in 1997, they have successfully performed their innovative mix of baritone saxophone, bass and drums at 1,000-plus gigs throughout Europe, North America, Asia and Africa.

Unfortunately their decade-long streak of never canceling gigs mid-tour was broken last June in Japan during a joint jaunt with Fugazi bassist Joe Lally. Scheduled to play 12 dates, the combo pulled the plug three shows in, citing mistreatment by booking agent Valse Hot. Coincidentally, Lally’s father passed away the next day, which would have forced his departure regardless.

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