Sunday, June 13, 2010

Danny Hull Newsletter: Musically This Week Vol XII, No 40

Hullo friends.  How's your rice crop coming along?  Mine is doing swimmingly, thank you.  Fear not.  The best summers on the planet take place right here in the Niagara Frontier.  The rain cleanses and restores.  And there are some worthy activities taking place both indoors and out this week.  To wit...

Tuesday, 6/15 at Bobby McGee's 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Dave Kayne, vibraphone     Tim Clarke, trumpet     Kenny Kuriscak, saxophone     Rick Strauss, guitar     Cameron Kayne, bass     your host, drum set

 This band scares me.  Or more accurately, it's the material that's scary.  Contrary to the usual modus operandi for a Tuesday night offering, we actually had a rehearsal!  And that social event was courtesy of this week's featured father and son team.  I was reminded at said rehearsal that when you're accustomed to challenging yourself, that which is frightening to mere mortals becomes simply routine to the prodigious practicer.   

Among the personal qualities that I have always admired about Dave Kayne is his work ethic - a work ethic that has filtered down to Cameron.  And Cameron, at 21, is an emerging bassist with a growing reputation.  He is already a known commodity to major artists in Toronto, New York and Europe.  In fact, we scheduled our hit for this Tuesday because Cam is leaving for a European tour next week.  So may we invite you to join us and challenge your own listening habits?  

Music from Dave Holland, Steps Ahead, Mike Stern, Donny McCaslin, John Patitucci, Don Grolnick, Nat Adderley, Pat Metheny and Dave Kayne himself - not your average collection of blues and standards...  Bobby McGee's in the Maple Ridge Plaza, Sweet Home & Maple Roads.  Tina, Jyl, steady Billy & quiet Mike - good music, good food, good people, chilled spirits, and still a great hang.

Friday, 6/18 at Wegman's Niagara Falls Blvd    6:00 - 8:00
Dave Scott Trio
Dave Scott, guitar     Buddy Fadale, bass     your correspondent, drum set
And speaking of musicians who continue to challenge themselves, Dave Scott is playing a return date at the Niagara Falls Blvd Wegman's this Friday.  Grab your $6.00 meal and your million dollar music fix.

Saturday, 6/19 at Templeton Terrace     6:00 - 10:00
Ben Baia & the Big City Horns
Ben Baia, vocals     Phil Sims, trombone & arrangements     Tim Clarke, trumpet     Kenny Kuriscak, saxophone     Michael T. Jones, keys     Jack Kulp, bass     yours truly, drum set
Templeton Terrace is the former Shanghai Red's.  But if you were there for Benny's debut with his Big City Horns two weeks ago, you already know that.  And you were also privy to the reception this band received from the dancing and listening audience.  Benny's another smart guy with a determined work ethic, and the Big City Horns is no thrown together thing. 

 Benny commissioned Phil Sims to write the charts with the idea of reprising the classic music of our youth:  Chicago, BS&T, Stevie Wonder, Al Green, the Temptations, Vehicle, Tower of Power.  And all on a waterfront patio with a spectacular view.

Tuesdays at Bobby McGee's     7:00 - 10:00

6/22 Matt Blanchard
6/29 Mike Kaupa
7/6 The Upstate Express
7/20 Chris Dempsey & Bruce Johnstone
8/3 Patty Flaherty & Craig Kastelnik

Fridays at Bobby McGee's 8:30 - 11:30
6/18 Swing & Blues Dance with the Patti Parks Band
6/25 Ernie Corallo & the Usual Suspects
7/23 The Donna Rose Singers
7/30 JJ Moscato & Blue Avenue

Saturdays at Bobby McGee's 8:00 - 11:00

6/19 Mary Stahl
6/26 Mary Stahl

In by inch, life is a cinch...
Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.

 - Vincent van Gogh


and Peace.

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