Pamela has been part of Hazmat Modine since 2005

Hazmat Modine - Bahamut, CD coverart

Hazmat Modine

Traveling Show by Metropolitan Klezmer, CD coverart

Metropolitan Klezmer

Greetings from . . . the Isle Of Klezbos, CD coverart

The Isle Of Klezbos

Black Rock Coalition Orchestra

Black Rock Coalition

Bill Lee & The Natural Spiritual Orchestra

Bill Lee & The Natural Spiritual Orchestra


Ayn Sof Arkestra

Ayn Sof Arkestra


Pam Fleming Quartet

Pam Fleming Quartet



photos by Chris Whitehead

Wade Schuman, lead singer for Hazmat Modine
Bill Barrett, harmonica player for Hazmat Modine
Pam Fleming, trumpet and flugelhorn player for Hazmat Modine
Steve Elson, saxophone player for Hazmat Modine
Joe Daley, tuba player for Hazmat Modine
Michael Gomez, guitar
Pete Smith, guitar
Richard Huntley, drummer for Hazmat Modine
Wade Schuman

HAZMAT MODINE draws from the rich soil of American music of the 20's and 30's through to the 50’s and 60’s, blending elements of early Blues and Hokum, Swing, Eastern European music, New Orleans R & B, Jamaican Rocksteady, and Rock & Roll. The band is fronted by two harmonicas which use call and response, harmony, melody, and syncopated interweaving rhythms. The band includes tuba, guitar, trumpet, and percussion, sometimes claviola and Hawaiian steel guitar. The band’s sound reflects musical influences ranging from Avant-garde Jazz to Rockabilly and Western Swing to Middle-Eastern, African, and Hawaiian musical.

Hazmat Modine, CD coverart

Band Members:
Joe Daley: Tuba
Rich Huntley: Drums
Pete Smith: Guitar & Vocals
Pam Fleming: Trumpet & Flugelhorn
Michael Gomez: Guitar, Banjitar & Steel Guitar
Steve Elson: Bari Sax, Tenor Sax, Clarinet & Duduk
Bill Barret: Chromatic and Diatonic Harmonica & Sheng
Wade Schuman: Diatonic Harmonica, Lute Guitar, Vocals & other stuff


Hazmat Modine "Mockingbird"
Film by Mattias Gordon

Hazmat Modine Live with Paul Jones
BBC - Maida Vale Studios
May 26th, 2010
"The Tide"

ANIMATION by www.pilartoons.com


Hazmat Modine: "Bahamut"

Bahamut: This monstrous fish comes from Moslem traditions. The legend goes that it floats in a vast sea. A giant bull rides on its back and on the bull is a ruby mountain. There is an angel on the mountain over which are six hells, then the Earth, and then seven heavens. The bahamut is so huge and dazzling that human beings cannot look upon it.

While their own description of the creature on the title track reveals different details, dazzling also seems an appropriate adjective for this wildly eclectic NYC band. At first blush, Hazmat Modine is a blues band: harmonicas, resonator/slide guitars, drums, some horns. But then there’s the throat singing (courtesy of Huun Huur Tu) and Alexander Fedoriouk’s cimbalom.

A disorienting moment later, you settle into a mysterious undiscovered country, a crossroad where the collision of Tuvan, Roma, and Americana not only makes sense, it’s inevitable. Imagine a plane carrying the Squirrel Nut Zippers and Bob Brozman among a trouple of Roma encamped on the Tuvan steppe, and you’’ start to get the idea. It’s world music for blues/swing fans, Americana for world music junkies, and just damn good.

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