Monday, April 26, 2010

Danny Hull's Newsletter: Musically This Week Vol XII, No 33

Hullo friends.  This week...

Tuesday, 4/27 at Bobby McGee's 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Andy Weinzler, saxophone     Michael T. Jones, piano     Paul Zap, bass     your host, drum set
Mr. Intensity.  That would be Andy.  And that's the beautiful thing about music performance.  Persona.  I've often felt that the "express yourself" philosophy regarding jazz was a bit trite - you do have to be accomplished after all.  But you can't deny the truth.  When one plays an instrument that you have to breathe though to execute, emotion becomes the musical statement.  The notes are the vehicle.  Which takes us back to Andy - intense, passionate and fierce.  

He's neither Chu Nero nor Menza, but if you were to bottle both of those guys, would Andy emerge?  All of that emotion however would be a distraction, were it not for a sound, a conception, a command of harmony and the instrument, and an improvisatory language that each listener is free to interpret individually.  All Andy.  

So join us please, and witness Andy not as a sideman with Wendell or Phil or any of the myriad gigs he's called for, but as the singular voice he's known to be in a town renown for saxophonists.  Our mission continues only with your support...  Bobby McGee's in the Maple Ridge Plaza, Sweet Home & Maple Roads.  Tina, Jyl, Magan, steady Billy & quiet Mike - good music, good food, good people, chilled spirits, and always a great hang.

Friday, 4/30 at Slee Hall 7:30 p.m
Sunday, 5/2 at Slee Hall 5:00 p.m.
The Buffalo Choral Arts Society
Marcia Giambrone is the conductorial force behind the Buffalo Choral Arts Society, now concluding its 44th season.  I'm only privy to one rehearsal per concert season, but she amazes me in how she is able to coax nuance, articulation, dynamics and phrasing from a vocal ensemble so large and disparate.  Maybe that's why she's been both conductor and music director of the BCAS for 23 years!  And that ugly guy with the big smile is rather important to the proceedings as well.  John Mitton is a genius.  He seemingly can read and interpret any piece of music placed before his skilled and practiced piano hands.  This year's concert is billed as "The Sound of Spring" featuring both solo and choral adaptations of Broadway tunes, spirituals and American classics.  Surf to their site (below) to reserve your tickets.

Saturday, 5/1 at Bobby McGee's     8:00 - 11:00
Joe Rozler - piano, guitar & vocals     Wayne Moose, bass     yours truly, drum set
And here's another tribute to the rich musical legacy of our home town.  What is it about a blue collar city that produces such prodigious musical talent?  The amazing and eclectic Joe Rozler will serenade the diners and dancers at Bobby McGee's this Saturday.  Join us for a Manhattan night at a Buffalo price...

Tuesdays at Bobby McGee's     7:00 - 10:00

5/4 Russ D'Alba
5/11 Mark Wolfram
5/18 Bruce Johnstone
6/1 Miles Tucker
6/15 Dave & Cameron Kayne
6/22 Matt Blanchard
7/13 Don Menza
7/20 Chris Dempsey

Fridays at Bobby McGee's 8:00 - 11:00
4/30 Jazz Haircut
5/7 Joe Mahfoud
5/14 JJ Moscato & Blue Avenue
5/21 Soul Invaders (9:00 - midnight)
5/28 Gretchen Schulz & Doug Morgano
6/4 Intuition

Saturdays at Bobby McGee's 8:00 - 11:00
5/22 Barbara Jean
5/29 Ben Baia, Jr


Today matters...
It is only the farmer who faithfully plants seeds in the Spring, who reaps a harvest in the Autumn.
 -  B. C. Forbes


and Peace.

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