Hello everyone. B3 Heaven at the Iris for the next two Tuesdays...
Tuesday, 10/2 at the Iris Restaurant 7:30 - 10:30
Darcy Hepner, tenor saxophone Bobby Jones, Hammond B3 your host, drum set
Wednesday, 10/3 at the Iris Restaurant 7:30 - 9:30
Buffalo Brass open rehearsal
Phil is preparing the band for a hit this Saturday, music mostly of the straight ahead and swinging variety. You're invited to watch and listen as Phil tunes us up. Pretty interesting from an observer's standpoint...
Saturday, 10/6 at the Iris Restaurant 8:00 - 11:00 $7.00 at the door
Phil DiRe Buffalo Bop
Phil Di Re, tenor saxophone Bobby Militello, alto sax & flute Richie Merlo, trumpet & flugelhorn John Hasselback, trombone Matt Michaud, guitar Wayne Moose, bass Lisa Hasselback, piano Louie Marino, drum set
I'll meet you there? My gig with the Buffalo Brass this Saturday goes till 8:00. Tear down, load up, and head straight to the Iris for Phil DiRe's latest concept, "The Power of Eight". I can't wait to hear Louie Marino hold this band together and navigate it through the myriad of textures, solos, rhythms, meters, and concepts. Louie is the patriarch of drummers in Buffalo. No drummer brings more experience, more swing, or more creative soloing to the music. Sticks, brushes, mallets, any meter, any tempo, any bag... And when you hear Louie solo, you hear music - not a bunch of drums regaled by blunt force. You hear music. In the hands of a master like Louie, the melody and the form are all there for the ear, rendered by the primal instrument of the human spirit. The rest of the band isn't bad either - not a bad idea by Phil to invite a beloved and rather well known alto player to round out the sax section. And to complete the horn section Phil has recruited John Hasselback, who himself is not only seasoned soloist, but a walking jazz encyclopedia, and Richie Merlo, whose round sound blends ideally with John's. "The Power of Eight" adds two chord contributors whose harmonic concepts provide a lush foundation for each soloist's improvisational adventure. Matt Michaud's musicality has caught the attention of both Phil and Bobby Militello. And Lisa? Lisa just hears it all. She is simply the kind of pianist that can be called upon for any musical responsibility. She'll massage a singer through any standard, in any key. She'll read, she'll solo, and she'll swing. And who did Phil trust to anchor this band, with its rather intimidating roster of musical heavyweights? Wayne Moose is a guy who not only lays it down, but is a bassist with a rare gift: Wayne's solos are at once rhythmically inventive and melodic - not an easy endeavor on an unwieldy instrument that is bigger than most defensive linemen. Thus "The Power of Eight". At eight. This Saturday at the Iris.
next Tuesday, 10/9 at the Iris Restaurant 7:30 - 10:30
Craig Kastelnik, Hammond B3 Patty Flaherty, vocals Chuck Buffamonte, guitar your host, drum set
upcoming at the Iris Restaurant...
Tuesday, 10/16 Miles & Wayne Tucker
Tuesday, 10/23 Nelson M. Starr
Tuesday. 10/30 Bruce Johnstone with Sax & Violins
Tuesday, 11/13 Tom Bronzetti CD Release
Tuesday, 12/18 Sein Oh
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