The birth of the Botanists started by our saxophonist, Frank Vitolo, moving to Seattle from Bellingham in 2014 to a 10 person "hippie" house in the U District, where spent most of his free time composing music and hitting the jam scene at night. After a few years of failed collaborations and networking around the scene, Frank found a combination of musicians that are both fluent in improvisation and seasoned songwriters that are known as the Bad News Botanists.
The Botanists are all critically acclaimed musicians from University of Washington, Central Washington University and Western Washington University. Their diversified styles show extended knowledge of both modern popular music, 90's hip-hop, R&B, Seattle grunge, to multiple eras of jazz, bebop and soul. Bypassing the borders of genres and pushing the boundaries of harmonic progression.
Their debut album, Venomous Nightshade, is available on every major music streaming platform. Recorded at the historic (and haunted) mansion, Robert Lang Studio in Edmonds, WA and Eletrokitty in Wallingford, WA. Though Bad News Botanists is cataloged as Jazz, this album sows the seeds of millennial music right into their sound. Fans have compared their music to such bands like: Lettuce, Polyrhythmics, Karl Denson Tiny Universe, Skerik, McTuff, Delvon Lamar Organ Trio and Badbadnotgood.
After the release, they received praise from all corners of the Seattle community, including two nominations from Earshot Jazz Magazine for NW Recording of the Year and Alternative Jazz Group of the Year.