Hello friends. This week...
Clay Jenkins - trumpet John Hasselback, Jr - trombone Lisa Hasselback - piano Jeff Campbell - bass your host, drum set
I wish I could remember his exact words. I was in the audience for Joe La Barbera at the Rochester Jazz Festival this summer. After killing it on his first tune he stepped to the microphone to introduce the band. When he got to his trumpet player, he presented Clay Jenkins as his favorite jazz musician in the world. And remember, Joe La Barbera was the reigning drummer in the last Bill Evans Trio. Joe knows musicianship. So Clay works and records regularly with Joe La Barbera. And tomorrow night, he is coming to the Iris to play with, well, me. If I were smart I’d be scared. But this is not the first time I’ve had the pleasure. I’ve gotten to know Clay a little bit over the years. And like his friend Joe La Barbera, Clay's humanity looms as large as his artistry. I wonder if there’s a connection – a huge heart and world-class musicianship. And consider who Clay has invited to join us. He’s bringing his Eastman colleague Jeff Campbell with him, and his first choices to round out the band were John and Lisa Hasselback. Both John and Lisa are as humble as they are musically accomplished. But consider the compliment. The pianist on the Joe La Barbera Quintet is Bill Cunliffe! And Clay is on the Eastman faculty with Bill Dobbins and Harold Danko. But he loves to come to the Iris to play music with John and Lisa. Another embarrassment of riches… The weather is still beautiful and the nights remain young. Can you join us? When you’re in the audience you are not only treated to creative music from count-off to cut-off, you are literally helping us keep the music in the air, here in our little corner of the scene. For that, we thank you. The Iris Restaurant - in the plaza at the intersection of Maple & Sweet Home Roads in Amherst. 831-3271. Good music, good food, good people, chilled spirits, legendary musicians, and a great hang.
next Tuesday, 9/18 at the Iris Restaurant 7:30 - 10:30
Colin Gordon, alto saxophone Matt Michaud, guitar Jeff Campbell, bass your host, drum set
upcoming at the Iris Restaurant...
Tuesday, 9/25 Paul Tynan
Tuesday, 10/2 Darcy Hepner
Tuesday, 10/9 Patty Flaherty & Craig Kastelnik
Tuesday, 10/16 Miles & Wayne Tucker
Tuesday, 10/23 Nelson M. Starr
Tuesday. 10/30 Bruce Johnstone with Sax & Violins
Tuesday, 11/6 It's Kenny's Fault
Tuesday, 11/13 Tom Bronzetti CD Release
Tuesday, 12/18 Sein Oh
Year 15 begins this Tuesday...
The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.