Happy Apple

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Happy Apple
Origin Minneapolis
Genres Jazz
Years active 1996–present
Labels Sunny Side Records
Website Official website
Members Erik Fratzke, fender bass, guitar, composer
Michael Lewis, saxophones, keyboards, upright bass, composer,
David King, drums, cymbals, toys, composer

Happy Apple is an American jazz trio.

Formed in 1996 in Minneapolis, members of the band are David King (drums), Michael Lewis (saxophone) and Erik Fratzke (electric bass).[1]

All three members compose music for the group,[1] which places equal emphasis on improvisation. Happy Apple plays a brand of jazz music drawing on several other genres; the group's members play in other bands ranging from indie rock and heavy metal to free jazz and electronic. The best known of these is The Bad Plus, in which King also plays drums.

The name Happy Apple comes from a Fisher-Price toy from the seventies, which King often uses as an auxiliary percussion instrument.


Happy Apple Back on Top (2007)[edit]

During an interview with David King's father at the release party concert (Artist's Quarter), Pops King, as he is called, revealed that the pink points at the bottom of the album art are mountains drawn by David King's daughter. He also revealed that the man surrounded by wings in the background is a self-portrait by Matt Friesen from the band Halloween, Alaska.


  1. ^ a b DiPietro, Phil. "What Part of the Solution Problem Don't You Understand? Happy Apple bassman Erik Fratzke Refrains From Fronting". All About Jazz. Archived from the original on 2010-01-16. Retrieved 2010-06-19. 

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