Monday, June 6, 2011

Danny Hull Newsletter: Musically This Week Vol XIII, No 38

Hullo everyone.  I think we're under new management.  The former cigar bar is now The Library.  It has been meticulously remodeled and offers 20 taps and 30 bottled beers for the discerning hops enthusiast.  The Forum, formerly the banquet room, has a huge stage with sound & lights, and will feature a variety of acts.  The middle room where we are is now getting some needed attention, as is the kitchen and everything that comes out of it on a plate.  The lovely Jyl-with-child is on her sabbatical, but Mike Milkie remains in an advisory position.  The myriad pressures of keeping a twenty-first century business afloat are finally behind him, and our debt of gratitude is considerable.  In September of 1998 he took a chance on an idea, putting his trust in a complete stranger.  Now almost 13 years later, our venue has become the voice of the music for the jazz listener and perpetrator.  Our mutual loyalties have been rewarded.  So as best we know, our jazz experiment continues.  For as long as we can continue to make sense (cents) from a business standpoint, we have a chance to survive.  Our goal has simply been to make a contribution and keep the music in the air.  With your continued support, we hope to survive the changes, and grow with them.

Tuesday, 6/7     7:00 - 10:00
Wendell Rivera's Latin Jazz Ensemble
Wendell Rivera, latin percussion     Nelson Rivera, tenor saxophone     Pat Georger, piano     John Curry, bass     your host, drum set
How it is that Buffalo becomes a destination for so many great musicians is still a mystery to me.  America is still the land of opportunity, but if you grew up on a tropical island, could you hang for a Buffalo winter?  Wendell did, and he now leads the most recognized latin jazz ensemble outside of New York City.  His self-titled 2005 recording features the world renowned John Patitucci on bass.  And this summer he is again a featured artist at the Buffalo News sponsored Jazz at the Albright Knox - which this summer will actually take place on Shakespeare Hill behind the Delaware Park Rose Garden.  So this week get your June Jazz Salsa Fix at your trusted Tuesday source, which by the way, we don't know the name of!  I took a glance the club while on the 290 last night, and the Bobby McGee's sign was either turned off or gone!  So whoever we are, come out, dig that infectious salsa rhythm, and maybe learn the name of our new direction!  Regardless, our mission remains the same - good music, good food, good people, chilled spirits, and a great hang.  Still in the Maple Ridge Plaza, Sweet Home & Maple Roads...
next Tuesday, 6/14     7:00 - 10:00
Andy Weinzler, tenor saxophone
Tuesday, 6/21 Dave Kayne Big Band
Tuesday, 6/28 Bill Todd
Tuesday, 7/5 Tony Scozzaro
Tuesday, 7/12 Ron Corsaro & the Upstate Express
Tuesday, 7/19 Michael Royal
Tuesday, 7/26 3 Brothers & a Distant Cousin
Tuesday, 8/2               Barbara Jean
Tuesday, 8/9 Don Menza
Tuesday, 8/16 Laurie Bordonaro
Tuesday, 8/23 Pete Malinverni & Jody Sandhaus
The feeling of polyrhythm submitted to the unity of tempo.
– Alejo Carpentier

and Peace.

"It bugs me when people try to analyze jazz as an intellectual theorem.  It's not.  It's feeling."
 - Bill Evans

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