Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Danny Hull Newsletter: Musically This Week, 5/3/2016

Hello everyone.  Happy pseudo-Spring.  Time for an update…

Wednesday, 5/4 at Mezza     6:30 - 9:30
Jeffrey Arthur, vocals     Warren Stirtzinger, guitar     Randy Stirtzinger, vibraphone     Wayne Moose, bass     yours truly, drum set
I have to admit it.  Jeffrey surprised me.  We did a Mezza hit back in December, and I had the pleasure of accompanying a seasoned singer who knew standards, knew his keys, swung hard, sang in tune, and chose his material for variety of groove and sentiment.  It was a blast!  (Being skeptical of singers one has never worked with is a storied tradition among accompanists…)  Jeffrey even charmed the ladies with his ballroom dancing skills!  So if you are a fan of the great American Songbook, an intimate atmosphere, craft beers, and a general good time, please consider joining us.  Mezza is at 929 Elmwood Avenue between Bidwell & Delevan.

Thursday, 5/19 at Williamsville East High School     7:30
Pianist Bill Charlap with the Williamsville East Jazz Orchestra
And they mean Jazz Orchestra…  Literally a swinging big band within a string orchestra…  And if you weren’t sitting in a school auditorium seeing what you’re hearing, you could not be convinced that these are high school musicians.  Wayne Moose and Steve Shewan direct a music program at Williamsville East that rivals any Arts Academy anywhere.  And to their credit, the annual Legends of Jazz concert is about the kids.  The opening half of the program will feature Bill Charlap in a trio setting, accompanying student soloists and vocalists.  The second half features the guest artist with the Jazz Orchestra.

One of the world’s premiere jazz pianists, Bill Charlap has performed with many leading artists of our time, ranging from Phil Woods and Tony Bennett to Gerry Mulligan and Wynton Marsalis. He is known for his interpretations of American popular songs and has recorded albums featuring the music of Hoagy Carmichael, Leonard Bernstein, and George Gershwin. Lyricists Alan & Marilyn Bergman have said, "Bill Charlap's playing is unique, warm and intelligent. He not only plays the melody - he also plays the lyric. And, for lyric writers, that’s as good as it gets."

In 1997, Charlap formed the Bill Charlap Trio with bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington (no relation), now recognized as one of the leading groups in jazz. In 2000, he was signed to Blue Note Records and has since received two Grammy Award nominations, for Somewhere: The Songs of Leonard Bernstein and The Bill Charlap Trio: Live at the Village Vanguard. In 2009, Charlap was the pianist and musical director for The Blue Note 7, an all-star jazz septet celebrating the legacy of Blue Note Records on its 70th anniversary. The septet performed a 50-city tour and released the CD, Mosaic: A Celebration of Blue Note Records. Tony Bennett and Bill Charlap are the recipients of a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop album, for their 2015 release, The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern.

Charlap is the artistic director of New York City’s Jazz in July Festival at the 92Y, in New York City. The year 2016 will mark his 12th anniversary as artistic director.  He has produced several concerts for Jazz at Lincoln Center and an evening of George Gershwin’s music at the Hollywood Bowl.  Charlap's long-awaited new recording debuts on Impulse Renaissance Records. THE BILL CHARLAP TRIO: NOTES FROM NEW YORK features the trio in peak performance, and was recorded immediately following a two-week run at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola. 

Born in New York City, Charlap began playing the piano at age three. His father was Broadway composer Moose Charlap, whose credits include Peter Pan, and his mother is singer Sandy Stewart, who appeared on the Ed Sullivan and Perry Como shows and earned a Grammy nomination for her recording of “My Coloring Book.” In 2005, Charlap and Stewart released the acclaimed CD, Love Is Here To Stay (Blue Note). Charlap is married to renowned jazz pianist Renee Rosnes. The two artists often collaborate in a duo piano setting. In 2010, Charlap and Rosnes released Double Portrait (Blue Note).

All tickets are reserved seating and cost $16.50.  The Legends of Jazz concerts traditionally sell out, so advance purchase is highly recommended. Reserve your tickets at www.ticketpeak.com/wmb.  For more information, contact WEHS Music at 716-626-8425 or legendsofjazz@gmail.com.

Upcoming for your correspondent
Thursday, 5/19 with Bill Charlap and Wayne Moose at the Williamsville East Legends of Jazz concert 7:30
Sunday, 5/22 with Ron Corsaro  - Jazz Vespers at Christ United Methodist - 4:30
Friday, 6/3 with Ralph Fava - 100 American Craftsmen at the Kenan Center - 6:00
Saturday, 6/4 with Ron Corsaro - 100 American Craftsmen at the Kenan Center - 3:00
Saturday, 6/4 with Phil Sims & Joanna Batt at the Roycroft - 8:00
Monday, 6/13 with the Buffalo Brass Big Band at the Sportmen’s - 7:00
Thursday, 7/7 with Barbara Jean at Falconer Park - 6:30
Sunday, 7/10 with Cindy Miller at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery - 2:00
Thursday, 7/14 with Laurie Bordonaro at Russell Park in Akron - 12:00
Sunday, 7/17 with George Caldwell & Bobby LaVell at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery - 2:00
Thursday, 7/21 with Barbara Jean at Ellery Park in Jamestown - 6:30
Sunday 7/24 with Don Rice at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery - 2:00
Sunday, 7/31 with Mike Costley & Bobby Militello at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery - 2:00
Sunday, 8/7 with Three Generations of Hasselbacks at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery - 2:00
Friday, 8/26 with Carol McLaughlin at the Lewiston Jazz Festival - 7:15
Saturday, 8/27 with Barbara Jean at the Lewiston Jazz Festival - 5:00
Saturday, 8/27 with Doug Stone at the Lewiston Jazz Festival - 7:15

The Primaries, and the march to November…
Half of the American people have never read a newspaper.  Half never voted for President.  One hopes it is the same half.
 - Gore Vidal


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Danny Hull Newsletter: Musically This Week, 5/12/2015

Hello friends.  How’s your dandelion crop?  Three gigs to invite you to this week…

Wednesday, 5/13 at Mezza 6:30
 - 9:30

Wayne Moose & Friends
Cindy Miller, vocals     Lisa Hasselback, piano     Wayne Moose, bass     your correspondent, drum set
Wayne’s gig’s got legs.  Great location, amazing food, a good vibe, and a rich talent pool of guest artists…  And this week, the hardest swinging, most diminutive singer on the scene…  In fact, Cindy’s heart, range, energy, and relentless sense of swing are all in direct opposition to her dress size.  Maybe that’s how it works.  Little girl - big talent…  And if you get there early enough, maybe you can grab one of those comfy chairs on either side of the band.  You’ll find parking on the street, in a small lot across the street, or in another lot just a door down.  Mezza is at 929 Elmwood, between Bidwell Parkway & West Delevan.

Friday, 5/15 at The Roycroft    
 7:30 - 10:30

Three Brothers & a Distant Cousin
Phil Sims - trombone & arrangements     Andy Weinzler, Russ D’Alba, Kelly Bucheger - tenor saxes     Michael T. Jones - piano     Paul Zapalowski - bass     DH - drum set
A bit of a departure for the Roycroft - no chamber group is this!  More hard swinging, take-no-prisoners solos, and tight ensemble playing from a thoroughly unique horn section.  Remember Van Miller?  “Fasten your seat belts!”

Saturday, 5/16 at Club 31

Wendell Rivera & the Latin Jazz Ensemble     10:00 - 1:00
Wendell Rivera, latin percussion     Calvin, trumpet     Randy Stirtzinger, piano     Mark Harris, bass     yours truly, drum set
And you may as well keep that seat belt fastened.  Once Wendell pours on the groove and the energy, no one sits still.

And upcoming for your correspondent…
Wednesday, 5/20 with Karrin Allyson & Houston Person at Williamsville East High School - 7:30
Friday, 5/22 with Dave Scott at Wegman’s Dick Rd - 6:00
Wednesday, 5/27 with Wayne Moose & Doug Stone at Mezza - 6:30
Friday, 5/29 with Ralph Fava at the Kenan Center for the 100 American Craftsmen - 6:00
Saturday, 5/30 with Dave Scott at Wegman’s Alberta Drive - 1:00
Thursday, 6/4 with Ron Corsaro at Pausa - 8:00
Friday, 6/5 with Dave Scott at Wegman’s West Seneca - 6:00
Saturday, 6/20 with Wendell Rivera at Club 31 - 10:00
Friday, 6/26 with George Kane & John Murphy at The Roycroft - 7:30
Sunday, 7/5 with Ron Corsaro & the Upstate Express at Artpark - 4:00
Sunday, 7/12 with Houston Person at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery - 2:00
Saturday, 7/18 with Wendell Rivera at Club 31 - 10:00
Sunday, 7/19 with Don Rice at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery - 2:00
Thursday, 7/23 with Barbara Jean at the Lakewood Beach Gazebo - 7:00
Friday, 7/24 with Dave Scott at Wegman’s Losson Rd - 6:00
Sunday, 7/26 with Mike Costley at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery - 2:00
Monday, 7/27 with the Western New York Jazz Orchestra at the Iris - 8:00
Thursday, 7/30 with the Dave Golando Big Band at Mayville Lakeside Park - 6:30
Sunday, 8/2 with Janice Mitchell at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery - 2:00
Sunday, 8/9 with Wendell Rivera at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery - 2:00
Wednesday, 8/12 with Barbara Jean at Celoron Park, Chautauqua Lake - 6:30
Thursday, 8/13 with Barbara Jean at Ellery Park, Jamestown - 6:30
Thursday, 8/20 with Barbara Jean at Mayville Lakeside Park - 6:30
Friday, 8/28 with Ron Corsaro & the Upstate Express at the Lewiston Jazz Festival Main Stage - 8:00
Saturday, 8/29 with the WNY Jazz Orchestra at the Lewiston Jazz Festival Main Stage - 12:00 noon
Saturday, 8/29 with Kenny’s Fault at the Lewiston Jazz Festival Frontier House - 4:00
Saturday, 8/29 with Janice Mitchell at the Lewiston Jazz Festival Frontier House - 6:00
Sunday, 8/30 with Barbara Jean at the Chautauqua Institution Amphitheater - 2:30
Friday, 9/4 with Barbara Jean at Warren Park, PA - 7:00
Thursday, 9/17 with The Buffalo Brass at the Iris - 8:00
Friday, 9/25 with Dave Scott at Wegman’s Losson Rd - 6:00
Saturday, 12/5 with The Buffalo Brass at the Iris - 8:00

The difference between hearing and listening…
Mindfulness really means paying attention on purpose.
 - Jeffrey Santee


Thursday, October 9, 2014

Daniel Hull Newsletter: Musically This Week October 8, 2014

Hello friends.  Full circle, but for one night only…

Sunday, 10/12 at Milkie’s Elmwood 6:00 - 9:00
Patty Flaherty, vocals

Patty Flaherty, vocals Craig Kastelnik, Hammond B-3 Chuck Buffamonte, guitar      yours truly, drum set
It is said that you can’t go home again.  But you do if you have a chance to accompany Patty Flaherty, Craig Kastelnik, & Chuck Buffamonte.  So Milkie’s it is, but for only this one special night.  Were you at the Art Gallery this summer for Patty & Craig?  Smokin’!  Craig is incredible - the equal of any B3 player breathing in and breathing out.  His command of both the instrument and everything musical is an artistic thing of beauty.  Any tune, any key, any tempo - comping harmony and kicking bass - groove, taste, chops - simply a world class musician and a world class person.  Patty?  Easily among the most gifted and soulful vocalists you will hear, and a musical product of our own Niagara Falls…  And my college buddy Chuck - ask him about his solo classical guitar performance at our student recital - one of my favored memories of those formative days.  Chuck plays like he was born with a guitar in his hands - feel, sound, facility, and innate musicality.  This is going to be a blast.  Celebrate a Bills home victory, share in a reunion of music and friends, and for many, sleep in on Monday morning!  Maybe we can go home again…

Saturday, 10/18 at Beechwood Continuing Care     6:00 - 9:00
Ron Corsaro, Piano

Ron Corsaro, piano     Wayne Moose, bass     your correspondent, drum set
This gig is really more about an amazing auction to benefit Beechwood Continuing Care than it is a performance, but Ronnie’s trio is among the features.  The food is a gastric delight, the bar well stocked, and the auction offerings may get you that vacation or coveted power tool.  More information at 810-7370

Thursday, 10/9 Carol McLaughlin’s Big Band at the Colored Musician’s Club 8:30 - 10:30
Monday, 10/27 WNY Jazz Orchestra open rehearsal at the Iris 7:45 - 9:30
Friday, 11/7 with Ron Corsaro at Christ United Methodist 7:00 - 9:00
Saturday, 11/29 with Wendell Rivera at Club 31    10:00 - 1:00
Friday, 12/5 with Dave Scott at Wegman's Dick Road 6:00 - 8:00
Friday, 12/12 with Dave Scott at Wegman's Transit - William near Losson 6:00 - 8:00

Make your mistakes, take your chances, look silly, but keep on going.  Don’t freeze up.
 - Thomas Wolfe from You Can’t Go Home Again

Thanks for reading.  Hope to see you...

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Danny Hull: Musically This Week January, 2014

Hello friends.  Mixed feelings...

I've been looking forward to sending you this invitation since getting the call a few weeks ago.  But my humble news pales significantly with what I learned only this past Friday.  Humanity has lost a unique and special soul...

If there was ever a living example of grace and strength in the face of the most formidable challenges, it was Diana Pittman.  Relentlessly cheerful, Diana was the singular generous spirit among her many friends and musical equals.  I was simply in awe of her.  To know what she went through since her diagnosis, now twenty years ago, and to be greeted with smiling eyes and a lilt in her voice?  How did she do that?  A lesser person would simply submit.  But not Diana.  She played and sang to the end, her last couple of gigs with an oxygen tank at her side!  My deepest condolences to her husband of 47 years, Frank Pittman - a living example of strength and humanity in his own right, to her lovely, spirited, and talented daughter Zoe, and to her son Bob.  The Buffalo music community has lost a quiet leader.  The planet has lost one of its better people.  Rest in Peace, Diana.  You are irreplaceable.

Thus the mixed feelings.  It seems a bit untoward to at first honor Diana's memory, and then invite you to co-celebrate this life.  But cliche or not, Diana would expect no less...

Wednesday, 1/22/2014 at Dick & Jenny's Bake & Brew     6:30 - 9:30
Joe Rozler, piano and vocals. 

Joe Rozler, piano & vocals     Buddy Fadale, bass     your host, drum set
The good news is that I've found a new home.  The bad news is that the proprietors don't know it yet.  And that, friends, is where you come in.  Basically, I spoke for you when I pitched this gig.  Long story short, Jenny mentioned to her manager that she'd like to book a band for a single Wednesday in January.  Opportunity seized, her manager said, "Get Dan Hull.  He's got a following".  True story.  Now I need that following - on what is forecast to be an eight degree winter day.  But here's more of the truth: I'm a big fan of Dick & Jenny's.  I'm there a lot.  The food is incredible, the ambiance unique and comfortable, the service friendly and welcoming, the prices reasonable, and the beers & spirits well beyond your standard fare.  If I can nail down this gig, I would finally have a full partner.  For the 15 years that I hosted the guest artist series, it was all on the musicians to generate an audience.  Nobody ever went to any of our former venues for a good meal and a choice glass of wine.  But at Dick & Jenny's, it's all under one roof.  I have no promises beyond this Wednesday, but Dick & Jenny's could be the answer to renewing the guest artist series.  The challenge is getting an audience to come out on a frigid weeknight.  If you're inclined to renew your formerTuesday night acquaintances, can you call for reservations?  Ask if I'm going to be there, and book a table for dinner?  You know Joe Rozler.  You know how entertaining he is.  After all these years I don't really have to sell you on the music.  That's why you're on this mailing list.  But the scene has suffered locally, and we need this music and each other.  The guest artist series was never about me.  It was always about the unique and sundry talent that we have at our disposal, whether it be a world-class musician who lives within driving distance, or a Buffalo expatriate home for a visit.  We've lost that since I left Milkie's last August.  Here's another chance, and if we want it, we need to support it.  Thanks for reading.  Hope to see you...

Sunday, 1/26/2014 at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery     3:00
Tim Berne & Snakeoil
Tim Berne, saxophone     Oscar Noriega, clarinet     Matt Mitchell, piano     Ches Smith, drum set & percussion
Tim Berne - Snakeoil

With an intrepid three-decade career that has firmly established him as one of the Top 10 Essential New York Jazz Icons (TimeOut New York), alto saxophonist and composer (and Syracuse, New York native) Tim Berne is “one of the most cogent, clear-eyed figures to come out of the American jazz vanguard” (The Buffalo News).  Berne has recently garnered universal acclaim with his new ensemble Snakeoil. Their eponymous first album for ECM Records, produced by the legendary Manfred Eicher, made numerous critics’ lists for the top 10 best releases of 2012. This fascinating contemporary chamber-like group highlights Berne’s highly original composing style to stunning effect—Snakeoil creates essential twenty-first century jazz that is “rich, absorbing, multi-hued, and continually surprising” (London Jazz News).  With more than four years together, Berne and his band of New York standouts upped the ante with their recent 2013 ECM release Shadow Man, a recording that “in trying to capture Snakeoil’s live performance in detail and dynamic, is not only successful, it reveals this band at a peak of instinctive, intuitive creativity and imagination” (Thom Jurek, All About Jazz). 

Now in its fifteenth season as the most successful music series of its kind in Western New York history, Art of Jazz has established the Albright-Knox Auditorium as one of the premier venues for live jazz in North America.  The 2013–2014 series will continue with Ambrose Akinmusire (March 23, 2014, 3 pm), and C├ęcile McLorin Salvant (April 26, 2014, 8 pm).

Individual concert tickets are $25 for Members and $29 for non-members. Season tickets, for all four concerts, are available at a discounted rate of $90 for Members. Tickets can be purchased at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery Admissions Desk or online at www.albrightknox.org/artofjazz.

The Hunt Real Estate Art of Jazz Series is supported, in part, by a generous grant from Hunt Real Estate. It is produced by Bruce Eaton and organized by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. The Tim Berne/Snakeoil concert has been made possible, in part, through the generous support of Christi and Bruce Reinoso.

Saturday, 2/1 with the Buffalo Brass at the Iris Restaurant Noon - 1:00
Saturday, 2/15 with Wendell Rivera at the Water Street Landing 7:30 - 11:00
Friday, 3/7  with Dave Scott at Wegman's Amherst Street 6:00 - 8:00
Thursday, 3/13     Grease at The Park School     5:30
Friday, 3/14     Grease at The Park School     7:30
Saturday, 3/15     Grease at The Park School     7:30
Sunday, 3/16     Grease at The Park School     2:30
Friday, 8/22 Dan Hull & Friends at the Lewiston Jazz Festival     8:30
Saturday, 8/23 with Barbara Jean at the Lewiston Jazz Festival     4:30
Saturday, 8/23 with Matt Richards at the Lewiston Jazz Festival     8:00


Diana Parrish Pittman  3/24/1944 - 12/16/2014
Courage is grace under pressure.
 - Ernest Hemingway

Hope to see you...