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behind the band

Hazel Gaze hails from NYC.  Their 2017 debut was the brainchild of Guitarist / Keyboardist Russ Soper and Lead Vocalist Hanz, creating music purely for the love of it.  Blending 90s rock influences ranging from The Black Crowes, Lenny Kravitz and Soundgarden to 70s icons such as Led Zeppelin and Humble Pie, the material was recorded in Russ’ Brooklyn basement studio.


After highly-successful NYC shows, the band took a COVID-induced hiatus, during which Russ crafted the material that would become Hazel Gaze II.  Joined by Konrad Payne (bass), Mary Jo McBride (keys / vocals), Molly Klein (vocals) and Spiros Arnakis (drums), the band is eagerly anticipating bringing their music to NYC-area stages. 

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