Monday, November 26, 2012

Danny Hull: Musically This Week Vol XV, No 12

Hello friends.  This week...

Tuesday, 11/27 at the Iris Restaurant     7:30 - 10:30
Russ Carere, Jr - saxophone     Matt Michaud - guitar     Greg Piontek - bass     your host - drum set
From the beginning of this 14 year jazz experiment, Russ Carere has been on my first-call list.  Highly respected, a seasoned woodwind specialist (and guitarist!), and a veteran of the renown Amherst Saxophone Quartet, Russ is a link in a family tradition that extends from Buffalo to Atlanta.  But now when speaking of Russ, we are constrained to add an important qualification: that of “Sr”.  If traditions are to continue, youth must ascend.  To that end, we are proud to introduce Russ Carere, Jr to our Iris audience this week, and offer the Carere family tradition yet another voice.  By coincidence, Russ, Jr just concluded his own Tuesday jazz experiment, that being a six month run at another venue.  But now that he’s taken a teaching position he’s being a bit judicious about his weeknight playing schedule.  Advantage: Iris.  So join us?  Help us welcome Russ, Jr to our Iris family, and honor the Carere family tradition of inspired musical excellence.  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.

Wednesday, 11/28 at the Iris Restaurant 7:30 - 9:30
Buffalo Brass open rehearsal
You're invited.  A no-cover charge, up-close and personal perspective of the inner workings of a big band rehearsal...  We are not a "reading band".  You will not hear us play an arrangement, and then go on to the next one with no regard for balance, blend, attack, or dynamics.  Most of our charts were written by Phil Sims, and he's a fussy guy.  He likes to hear the music the way it was originally conceived, which is why this biweekly reunion is referred to as a "rehearsal".  That's what we do.  We rehearse.  We start.  We're cut-off.  We're corrected.  And we try it again.  And hopefully, upon repeated efforts, the result is musical.  You're invited to judge for yourself.

next Tuesday, 12/4 at the Iris Restaurant     7:30 - 10:30
Mike Kaupa, trumpet     Nick Weiser, piano     Wayne Moose, bass     your host, drum set  

upcoming at the Iris Restaurant...
Tuesday, 12/11 Dave Schiavone
Tuesday, 12/18 Sein Oh
Tuesday, 1/8/2013 Barbara Jean
Tuesday, 1/22/2013 Doug Stone


Perspective from the classroom...
When public schools are judged by how much art and music they have, by how many science experiments their students perform, by how much time they leave for recess and play...rather than how many tests they administer, then I will be confident that we are preparing our students for a future where they will be creative participants and makers of history.
 - Mark Naison, member New York State United Teachers

and Friendships.

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