Monday, June 13, 2011

Danny Hull Newsletter: Musically This Week Vol XIII, No 39

Hullo friends.  Change: slow, deliberate, obvious, and so far, effective.  The former Bobby McGee’s is now The Maple Entertainment Complex.  Our club features three inter-related concepts and a consistent theme.  The old Dakota Grill Cigar Bar is now The Library, featuring a 50” flat screen for sporting events, 20 taps of an international variety, and 30 bottled beers for the discerning beer snob.  The banquet room is now The Forum, with a massive stage flying sound & lights, with the intent to feature national acts of various genres.  Our twelve year jazz experiment continues in the Iris Restaurant.  The stage is still in its ill-conceived location, but the sight lines are improved now that the glass & knee-wall barriers are removed.  The restaurant wine list is expanded, and the kitchen is now under the direction of a bona fide chef.  Mike Milkie has earned his rest.

After 50 years in the restaurant business, Mike can finally enjoy the fruits of his labors.  To him, the jazz community owes a debt.  He trusted a stranger with an idea, he weathered the slow nights, he hung with the continuing learning curve, and he loved the good people we were able to attract.  Uncommonly, Mike Milkie is that rare businessman who is not afraid to reveal his heart.  To this day, he remains a gentle, genuine soul.  We offer our heartfelt thanks, we wish him health, and we extend a life-long invitation to join us in his leisure and hear the music he helped bring to our community.

Tuesday, 6/14 at the Iris Restaurant in The Maple Entertainment Complex     7:00 - 10:00
Andy Weinzler, tenor saxophone     Bobby Jones, piano     Jim Colemon, bass     your host, drum set
After 12 years of nurturing our jazz commitment, we now enter week two under new management.  So flow the currents in the river of life.  And though it’s too soon to celebrate our success story, we have for the moment survived.  The summer is booked, and this week we feature one of the leading tenor voices of a renowned Buffalo saxophone lineage.  Andy Weinzler is without peer when it comes to playing with passion.  His commitment to sound and musical invention are legendary among jazz cognoscenti.  Throw in rhythm a section of Bobby Jones and Jim Colemon, and you’ve got a Village Vanguard experience without the Manhattan cover charge.  Please stop by and take in the changes of the both the musical and experiential variety.  Our mission remains the same.  Good music, good food, good people, chilled spirits, and a great hang.
next Tuesday, 6/21 at the Iris Restaurant     7:00 - 10:00
The WNY Project Big Band
upcoming at the Iris Restaurant...
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

He who rejects change is the architect of decay. 
 - Harold Wilson

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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