Sunday, March 17, 2013

Danny Hull: Musically This Week Vol XV, No 26

Hello everyone.  This week...

Monday, 3/18 at the Iris Restaurant 7:30 - 9:00
Western New York Jazz Orchestra open rehearsal
Big band rehearsal, everyone's welcome...

Tuesday, 3/19 at Milkie's on Elmwood 6:30 - 9:30
Randy Stirtzinger, vibraphone     Warren Stirtzinger, guitar     John Werick, bass     your host, drum set
Milkie's on Elmwood is the perfect venue for a vibraphonist.  The acoustics are surprisingly good, and because you're up-close-and-personal to the bandstand, the visual aspect completes the performance.  You really get to see what you're hearing.  Two Tuesdays ago we were packed.  Last week - not so good, and Cindy Miller was ridiculous!  How so much swing and commitment can come out of that diminutive frame is startling.  One of the traits I see consistently with the mature jazz artist, no matter the venue nor the size of the audience, is that the seasoned musician comes to play.  No dialing it in, no auto-pilot...  We had a predictable drop-off last week from an audience standpoint, but Cindy sang every note like it were her last.  Amazing.  This week we present the Brothers Stirtzinger - no strangers to a Buffalo audience.  The vibraphone is a sensual instrument, and in an intimate setting, every musical nuance is revealed.  Can you join us?  The truth is we're still feeling this out.  If we can draw, we'll have a home.  But remember, business is business.  Nobody wants to see our concept come to an untimely conclusion, but jazz is not on the pop culture radar anymore.  If we're to stay relevant and leave the next generation of improvisors a legacy to continue on their own, we need places to play.  Help me spread the word?  And maybe consider a meal and a beverage some Tuesday?  Mike has an agreement with the bank across the street from the club, so parking isn't an issue.  Food for thought...  Milkie's on Elmwood is at the intersection of West Utica & Elmwood Avenue.  882-5881

Friday, 3/22 at Wegman's Niagara Falls Blvd     5:00 - 7:00
Dave Scott, guitar
Dave Scott Trio
Dave Scott, guitar     Buddy Fadale, bass     your correspondent, drum set
Thanks to Dave Scott for the trio gig this week.  The Niagara Falls Blvd store (near E. Robinson) has an earlier start time.

next Tuesday, 3/26 at Milkie's Elmwood 6:30 - 9:30
Joe Rozler - piano, guitar & vocals     Bruce Johnstone - baritone saxophone     Wayne Moose, bass     your host, drum set

Upcoming at Milkie's Elmwood...
Tuesday, 4/2 Rick Strauss
Tuesday, 4/23 trioPAYAZZO Ainse que Deux
Tuesday, 4/30 Clay Jenkins
Tuesday, 5/14 Laurie Bordonaro
Tuesday, 6/18 Western New York Jazz Orchestra
Tuesday, 10/15 Patty Flaherty & Craig Kastelnik


An Irish Blessing...
Cheer up, the worst is yet to come!

And may the road rise up to meet you.

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