Monday, April 23, 2012

Danny Hull: Musically This Week Vol XIV, No 33

Hello friends.  How was your summer?  Guess we've got some left-over winter coming...  Just what you get for taking your snow tires off before May 1st...  But if you'd like to sit inside in warmth and comfort while mother nature takes one last whack at us for the season, I can make a recommendation as to where might be a good place...
Tuesday, 4/24/2012 at the Iris Restaurant     7:30 - 10:30
Clay Jenkins, trumpet     John Hasselback, trombone     Lisa Hasselback, piano     Jeff Campbell, bass     your host, drum set
What a tribute to John's and Lisa's musicianship...  By now, most of you know how I book this gig.  I simply invite a guest artist to both lead the band and choose the sidemen.  So who does Clay Jenkins call?  Clay, who is regularly found in the company of the best musicians on the planet (think Joe LaBarbera, Bob Sheppard, Bill Cunliffe, Alan Pasqua, Harold Danko, The Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Lyle Mays, Peter Erskine, Dr. John, Eric Reed, John LaBarbera, Pat LaBarbera, Billy Childs, Lennie Niehaus, Kurt Elling, Diana Krall...) invites John & Lisa Hasselback.  It's common knowledge that Clay is a sweetheart.  Everyone who has had the pleasure will tell you that he is one of the most sincere and humble musicians on the scene.  With his easy manner and obvious joy for playing, the bandstand becomes a place of affection, swing, and creative energy.  But nice guy or not, he won't call you if the music suffers.  John & Lisa are beloved in the jazz community, as much for who they are as for their world-class musicianship, qualities not lost on Clay Jenkins.  Please join us.  The Iris Restaurant, in the plaza at the intersection of Maple & Sweet Home Roads in Amherst.  Good music, good food, good people, chilled spirits, and a great hang.
next Tuesday, 5/1/2012 at the Iris Restaurant     7:30 - 10:30
Dr. Dick Judelsohn Memorial Jazz Tribute
Bruce Eaton, Master of Ceremonies
Featuring vocalists Laurie Bordonaro, Janice Mitchell & Colleen Williams     trombonist Phil Sims     pianists Jim Beishline, Ronnie Corsaro, Bobby Jones & Michael T. Jones     guitarists Warren Stirtzinger & Stu Weissman     bassists Buddy Fadale & Wayne Moose     drummers Pat Hulsman & your host
upcoming at the Iris Restaurant...
Tuesday, 5/8 Jeff Hackworth
Friday, 5/11 Bill Dobbins
Tuesday, 5/15 Bob Sneider
Tuesday, 5/22 Steve Davis
Tuesday, 5/29 John Whitney
Tuesday, 6/5 Fred Stone
Tuesday, 6/19 Barbara Jean
Tuesday, 7/3 Ron Corsaro & the Upstate Express
Tuesday, 7/24 Laurie Bordonaro
Tuesday, 7/31 Bill Todd
Tuesday, 8/7 Larry Covelli
Tuesday, 8/14 Don Menza
Tuesday, 8/21 Kenny Kuriscak & Tim Clarke

Saturday, 4/28 at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery Auditorium     8:00
Donald Harrison, alto saxophone     Detroit Brooks, guitar     Zaccai Curtis, piano     Max Moran, bass     Joe Dyson, drum set
In the words of Bruce Eaton himself, this is going to be a fantastic evening of New Orleans roots-based modern jazz.  Described as a musical category unto himself, alto saxophonist and “Big Easy” cultural warrior Donald Harrison is a proven master of many genres of American music: cutting-edge, modern New York jazz; driving and smooth “Nouveau Swing”; and straight-up New Orleans funky, second-line rhythms.  Since first appearing on the international jazz scene in the 1980s alongside Terence Blanchard in Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, Harrison has been heard with icons such as Miles Davis, Ron Carter, Dr. John, and Lena Horne.  He has also led his own influential groups which have served as incubators for artists like Christian McBride, Cyrus Chestnut, and Esperanza Spalding.

Aspects of Harrison’s life and music have been chronicled in David Simon’s groundbreaking HBO series Treme, with Harrison appearing as himself and serving as music consultant on the project.  As an evacuee and survivor of Hurricane Katrina, Harrison also appears in Spike Lee’s HBO special When the Levees Broke  A pre-concert film by Royce Osborn, All on a Mardi Gras Day, will begin at 7 pm.
This concert has been made possible, in part, through the generous support of The Weissman Family Foundation.  Tickets are $25 for Albright-Knox Art Gallery Members and $29 for non-members and can be purchased at the Gallery’s Admissions Desk or online at  The Gallery’s AK café will be open for dinner before the concert.  For reservations, please call 716.270.8223.

In music, and in life...
We shall not cease from exploration.
And the end of our exploring
Shall be to return to where we started
And know the place for the first time.
 - T.S. Eliot
and Friendships.

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