Hello friends. A New York night at a Buffalo price...
Tuesday, 2/7/2012 at the Iris Restaurant 7:30 - 10:30
Phil DiRe' & Buffalo Bop
Phil DiRe', tenor saxophone Bobby Militello, alto sax & flute Richie Marlo, trumpet & flugelhorn George Caldwell, piano Sabu Adeyola, bass your host, drum set
Photo by Mari McNeil
Buffalo Bop is back. We are honored again to feature Phil DiRe' and the ensemble only he could organize. And considering the world-class artistry on one bandstand, we are obliged to ask for a $5.00 cover, this week only. Ironically, several of our Savvy & Informed Regulars have been telling me for years to charge at the door. But I've resisted. The new management at the Iris has resisted. We want you to feel welcome, like you can stop in at your leisure, hear the music, see some friends, and not feel like somebody's got a hand in your pocket. But this is a six-piece band. And consider the pedigree: Phil DiRe' worked with Keely Smith & Sam Butera. Bobby with Brubeck, Maynard, & Bob Florence. George Caldwell was on both the Basie & Ellington bands. Sabu with Ahmad Jamal & Gary Burton. Yikes! And nobody's going home rich. We're just trying to pay these guys their due respect, which is why we're informing you-the-faithful. (We just didn't want you to feel ambushed when asked for a small contribution for the first time in thirteen years.)
We are grateful for and respectful of the support that Phil has received at all of his local appearances. And considering the standing-room-only crowds at every venue, we'd advise an early arrival. Doors open at 5:00, no reservations. Our tradition continues, now at the Iris Restaurant in the Maple-Ridge Plaza. We're at the intersection of Maple & Sweet Home Roads in Amherst. Good music, good food, good people, chilled spirits, and a great hang.
next Tuesday, 2/14/2012 at the Iris Restaurant 7:30 - 10:30
Randy Stirtzinger, vibraphone Warren Stirtzinger, guitar John Werick, bass your host, drum set
upcoming at the Iris Restaurant...
Tuesday, 2/21 Jay Bianchi & Mike Kaupa
Tuesday, 2/28 Vince Ercolomento
Tuesday, 3/6 Russ Carere
Tuesday, 3/13 Dave Schiavone
Tuesday, 4/10 Rick Strauss
Tuesday, 5/15 Bob Sneider
Tuesday, 6/19 Barbara Jean
Find your own voice...
The jazz musician's function is to feel. Unfortunately, Bird put notes into people's mouths. This vocabulary is accepted as jazz, and everyone does it. But jazz is improvising. It is the personal, emotional impact of a great improviser. It provides the listener with an experience he can have no other way. But, as today, when the vocabulary is the same, you have lost that experience. How intense can you be with someone else's words?
- Lennie Tristano, Downbeat - December 6, 1962