The group’s name is derived from the last names of its members – John Molo, John D’earth, Bobby Read and Tim Kobza – who have performed with artists ranging from Phil Lesh to Miles Davis.

Molo (drums), D’earth (trumpet), and Read (sax, woodwinds) met while playing with Bruce Hornsby and developed the side project during their down-time jams while on the road.

Molo brought in longtime friend Kobza on guitar and the band was born.

ModeReko tests its live chemistry when it rolls out its first tour May 5 in Fredericksburg, Va. Staying east of the Mississippi, the band has a dozen dates scheduled and a few more yet to be finalized at clubs in smaller markets.

The musicians are taking a low-key approach to touring; the largest cities on the itinerary are May 18 and 19 in Cincinnati and Pittsburgh, respectively. Gigs in Washington, D.C.; New York; and Philadelphia are awaiting confirmation.

While the trek is ModeReko’s inaugural outing, it’s not like the individual musicians are new to the concert scene. Molo earned his tour legs with acts like The Other Ones, Phil Lesh & Friends, Bruce Hornsby, Mike Watt, and Albert Lee. D’earth earned his stripes working with Hornsby, the Dave Matthews Band, Buddy Rich, Miles Davis, and Quincy Jones.

Read currently tours and records with Hornsby, and Kobza has performed with jazz artists Jon B., Kenny Blake, and Joe McBride.