Monday, June 11, 2012

Danny Hull: Musically This Week Vol XIV, No 40

Hello friends.  Hope you see this in time to make your plans…

Tuesday, 6/12 at the Iris Restaurant     7:30 - 10:30
Three Brothers & a Distant Cousin
Phil Sims - trombone & arrangements     Andy Weinzler, Russ D'Alba & Kelly Bucheger - tenor saxophones     Michael T. Jones  - piano     Paul Zap - bass     your host, drum set
Some things can’t be changed.  A saxophone is a curved tube with lots of holes in it.  Press the keys that cover the holes, and you can play lots of notes in rapid succession.  A trombone is a tube too.  But to play rapid fire notes on a trombone, you have to quickly move an unwieldy hunk of metal to indeterminate positions, and hope for the best.  Trombone players are insanely jealous of saxophonists.  A trombonist will spend years desperately honing his chops in the hopes of someday playing as many notes as a snooty saxophonist.  But if you are a trombonist of the few and proud variety, one that can actually keep up with a reed biter, your solution is to write a bunch of arrangements that challenge both the dexterity and the reading ability of your secretly sworn enemies, and then prove your prowess.  To that end, Phil Sims lifted some wicked soli from Jay Jay Johnson & Hank Mobley, harmonized said soli for 3 tenors and trombone, and essentially challenged his woodwind counterparts to keep up with him.  Don’t you just love a good fight?  Join us ringside this Tuesday to see who is left standing after the punches are thrown.  As an added bonus, Vinnie Lesh is recruiting some immodestly dressed wait staff to stroll and display placards ornamented with metronome markings.  Should make for an interesting evening…  Only this week at the Iris Restaurant, in the plaza at the intersection of Maple & Sweet Home Roads in Amherst.  Good music, good food, good people, lots of notes, and a good hang.

Wednesday, 6/13 at the Iris Restaurant     7:30 - 9:30
Buffalo Brass open rehearsal
Phil again, this time rehearsing the Buffalo Brass in preparation for our featured performance at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery on July 22.  This is an open rehearsal, which means you are welcome to stop in and hear the workout.

Thursday, 6/14 at the Wilson Boat House     6:00 – 9:00
The Ralph Fava Trio
This is great news.  The Wilson Boat House will be featuring various jazz artists on Thursdays throughout the summer.  57 Harbor St in Wilson, NY  751-6060

Friday, 6/15 at the First Niagara Bank, Niagara Falls  365 Rainbow Blvd.
3:45 – 5:45     Ron Corsaro Trio
5:45 – 7:45     Laurie Bordonaro
This is going to be nuts.  Nik Wallenda walks the Falls, Ringo Starr is at the Casino on the Canadian side, and we’re scheduled to play on the patio at the newly minted First Niagara Bank.  I think Wallenda must have known of our schedule.  Why else would he schedule his walk for 9:00 p.m.?  He knew better than to compete with us.  But he was smart.  Those 120,000 listeners that we attract will stay to watch the high wire act.  Good business plan…
next Tuesday, 6/19 at the Iris Restaurant     7:30 - 10:30
CD Release Party for vocalist Barbara Jean featuring the Michael T. Jones Trio
upcoming at the Iris Restaurant...
Tuesday, 7/3 Ron Corsaro & the Upstate Express
Tuesday, 7/17 Laurie Bordonaro
Tuesday, 7/31 Bill Todd
Tuesday, 8/7 Larry Covelli
Tuesday, 8/14 Don Menza
Tuesday, 8/21 Kenny Kuriscak & Tim Clarke
Tuesday, 10/16 Miles & Wayne Tucker

So are the rapids...
The streets are rough.
 - Karl Wallenda

and Friendships.

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