Hello friends. This week...
Monday, 11/19 at the Iris Restaurant 7:30 - 10:30
Western New York Jazz Orchestra open rehearsal
Many of you will remember the June 2011 incarnation of this band in performance at the Iris. You haven't forgotten if you were there - you couldn't move in the place. Having already been familiar with Dave Kayne’s small group writing, I expected his charts to be good. But when I listened to a recording of some of his arrangements prior to our only rehearsal I wasn’t surprised, I was stunned. As we do with the biweekly rehearsals of the Buffalo Brass, we extend an invitation to the musically curious to come out and hang while the Western New York Jazz Orchestra tests its skills against Dave’s writing.
Tuesday, 11/20 at the Iris Restaurant 7:30 - 10:30
Mary Stahl, vocals James Vincent Calabrese, piano Greg Piontek, bass your host, drum set
The modern jazz vocabulary that grew out of the swing and improvisatory genius of Charlie Parker was steeped in the Great American Songbook. Parker and his contemporaries used the 32 bar tunes written by Cole Porter and the like as a vehicle to express their rhythmic sophistication and what they were hearing both harmonically and melodically. But what history sometimes fails to acknowledge is that those tunes had lyrics. They were written for singers. They were composed to tell a story musically, and to reflect the sensibilities of the times. This week at the Iris we invite you to hear how beautifully those lyrics and emotions can be expressed. Mary is singularly unique in that her only musical ambition is to sing the song, which to my way of thinking is what individual expression is all about. She makes no attempts at imitation. You won't hear her channeling her influences. She won't draw attention from the lyric by way of some untoward vocal histrionics. She'll sing the song, in tune, with phrasing unhurried, and an infectious feel. Throw in the unabashed James Vincent Calabrese at the piano, and a good time is guaranteed. Please join us. The Iris Restaurant - in the plaza at the intersection of Maple & Sweet Home Roads in Amherst. 831-3271. Good music, good food, good people, world-class artists, chilled spirits, and a great hang.
next Tuesday, 11/27 at the Iris Restaurant 7:30 - 10:30
George Kane, guitar Tim Clarke, trumpet, piano Wayne Moose, bass your host, drum set
upcoming at the Iris Restaurant...
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What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal.
- Albert Pine