Happy Apple

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Happy Apple
Origin Minneapolis, Minnesota
Genres Jazz
Years active 1996–present
Labels Sunnyside
Website www.happyapplemusic.com

Happy Apple is an American jazz trio from Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Formed in 1996, members of the band are David King (drums), Michael Lewis (saxophone) and Erik Fratzke (bass guitar).[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 1970s which King often uses as an auxiliary percussion instrument.


  • Blown Shockwaves & Crash Flow (1997)
  • Part of the Solutionproblem (1998)
  • Body Popping Moon Walking Top Rocking (1999)
  • Please Refrain from Fronting (2001)
  • Youth Oriented (2003)
  • The Peace Between Our Companies (2005)
  • Happy Apple Back on Top (2007)


  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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