Hello friends. Merry Christmas. It is indeed Christmas morning, and I have some quiet time before celebrating this day's meaning and intentions with those I am blessed to love and cherish. So while wishing that the age old intent of the season resonates with you and the people you love, allow me to extend an invitation to our annual holiday gathering...
Rick Strauss, guitar Chris Ziemba, piano Danny Ziemann, bass your host, drum set
Rick Strauss is not only a musician of individual taste and talent, he's a dedicated teacher - so much so that I've been unable to persuade him to do our gig on a school night. Thus this week's special event. And among Rick's many musical gifts is his creative streak. He loves to be challenged. Set up a groove, or play a chord or two, and Rick takes the journey. Play something, let's see where it goes... This is how art is created, and we have three very special artists on the stand this week. Bowing to his musical curiosity, Rick wondered who was out there that he's never made music with. Maybe a pianist to work off of... And this is a situation I seldom find myself in. My modus operandi is to invite the person I'd like to feature, and surround said artist with musicians of his or her choosing. I'm a sideman on my own gig. But this time... What pianist would I recommend that would inspire Rick's innate musicality and invention? Who hasn't he worked with that he should know about? Were only all such problems so easily solved... In fact, this couldn't have worked out better. It's Christmas. Chris Ziemba should be home. So after 13 years of steady Tuesdays, we again offer another amalgam of musical talent heretofore unexplored. And you are invited to hear in present time the musical art that results. Please join us. Still the Iris Restaurant, in the Maple-Ridge Plaza. Maple & Sweet Home Roads. Good music, good food, good people, chilled spirits, and a great hang.
upcoming at the Iris Restaurant...
Tuesday, 1/17 Miles & Wayne Tucker
Tuesday, 2/7 Phil DiRe
Let the feeling linger, and may it stay with you...
One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas Day. Don't clean it up too quickly.
- Andy Rooney
and Peace on Earth.