Dave Wayne, All About Jazz

"Bad Luck chop up time and space into jagged, unpredictable shapes, but sometimes they hit upon a quasi-funk groove that sounds like an asymmetrical avalanche. Most of the time, you have no idea where they're going, but they impel you to follow closely, no matter what. It was so great to see a crowd of young people going nuts to jazz in 2016." - Dave Segal, The Stranger

Bad Luck is a 10-year collaboration between Seattle-based musicians Chris Icasiano on drums and Neil Welch on saxophone/electronics. With four albums under their belt, Bad Luck has created an incredibly diverse array of music — no small feat in the heavily trodden world of drum/saxophone duos. Their melodies, improvisations and compositions are constructed from the ground up, creating a band sound much larger than the sum of its parts.

Bad Luck formed out of late night drum and saxophone marathon sessions exploring Coltrane/Rashied Ali style duos and jazz standards. It was after adding live electronics that the unique sound profile of Bad Luck began to take shape. They were named the “Outside Jazz Group of 2011” by Earshot Jazz Magazine, and their album Two was named “Album of the Year 2012” by the New York Jazz Review.

They are Table & Chairs Music recording artists with four albums to their credit: Bad Luck (2009), Two (2010), Bloodroot EP (2012) and Three (2014).

Welch and Icasiano are founding members of the famed Racer Sessions avant-garde performance series which takes place each week in Seattle. They are also founding members of the cutting-edge arts organization Table & Chairs, which produces music events and facilitates educational programs.

Bad Luck tours extensively, having shared the stage with local bands throughout the US as well as major figures in improvised music such as the saxophone legend Roscoe Mitchell, and performers Cuong Vu, Andrew D’Angelo, Wayne Horvitz, Dave King (The Bad Plus) and Chris Speed.

Bad Luck (2009)

Two (2011)

Bloodroot EP (2012)



Summer 2016 Tour Dates:




8.16.16 - Seattle, WA - Chop Suey w/ Grey Waves and DoNormaal - (Facebook RSVP)

8.27.16 - Seattle, WA - Pizza Crawl 2016

10.23.16 - Seattle, WA - Earshot Jazz Festival (details TBA)

11.10.16 - Seattle, WA - Fred Wildlife Refuge

A colorful world…evolving, surprising and shading off into new directions…the impressive range of feeling here is what makes Bad Luck a promising debut.

Phillip McNally, Cadence Magazine

Powerful and virtuosic, cutting-edge music…a fast twenty minutes worth of raw spontaneity.

Dave Wayne, All About Jazz

This music seems rich with certainty.

Jazzrymit Magazine, Finland

Hard-edged and audacious.

Ken Waxman, New York Jazz Record

A firery fusillade of spirals…a welter of sounds in ramped-up intensity.

Jerry D’Souza, All About Jazz.  

One of the finest Seattle jazz recordings in years—fresh, assured, mature. 

Peter Monaghan, Earshot Jazz

In tandem the pair range from post-Ayler skronk to rocky grooves by way of ambient textural loops.  They’ve developed a strong group conception.

John Sharpe, All About Jazz New York

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