Monday, January 7, 2013

Danny Hull: Musically This Week Vol XV, No 16

Hello everyone.  Have you enjoyed your "newsletter holiday"?  Two whole weeks and no intrusions from your correspondent...  But all things must pass...

Tuesday, 1/8 at the Iris Restaurant     7:30 - 10:30
Barabara Jean, vocals
Barbara Jean, vocals     Michael T. Jones, piano     Warren Stirtzinger, guitar     Cameron Kayne, bass     your host, drum set

We begin our 2013 Tuesday-calendar with a singular musical artist, and an expanded back-up band.  Why does Barbara Jean deserve such praise?  Because she's the only regional vocalist that I know of who writes her own material:  melodies, harmony, and lyrics.  She has now recorded and released two CD's, most of the material being her own, and she has had one of her Christmas tunes heard on daytime television.  Really.  I’m not making this up.  Somehow (Barbara Jean is resourceful) she got her tune “At Christmastime” to an agent that shops music for various TV productions.  A deal was reached, and there in the background of a daytime TV drama was our Barbara Jean and a holiday tune of her own creation.  That probably makes her the second most famous person born of Jamestown, NY…  Her star is rising, what with her recordings as TV soundtracks and her appearances at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and the Lewiston Jazz Festival.  This week, she’s with us.  The weather looks forgiving, so if you’re among our listeners who loves vocals in the style of the Great American Songbook, and the hard swinging piano stylings of our own Michael T. Jones, please join us.  The Iris - in the plaza at the intersection of Maple & Sweet Home Roads in Amherst.  831-3271.  Good music, good food, good people, chilled spirits, and a great hang.

Wednesday, 1/9 at the Iris Restaurant     7:30 - 10:30
Buffalo Brass open rehearsal
We’re back in rehearsal mode, and the curious are invited.  No cover.  No waiting.

next Tuesday, 1/15 at the Iris Restaurant     7:30 - 10:30
George Kane, guitar     Tim Clarke, trumpet     Wayne Moose, bass

upcoming at the Iris Restaurant...
Tuesday, 2/5 3 Brothers & a Distant Cousin
Tuesday, 3/5 Dave Schiavone
Tuesday, 4/23 Western New York Jazz Orchestra
Tuesday, 5/15 Laurie Bordonaro


I could be the authority...
I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.  Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world...  You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're Doing Something.

So that's my wish for you, and all of us.  Make New Mistakes.  Make glorious, amazing mistakes.  Make mistakes nobody's ever made before.  Don't freeze, don't stop, don't worry that it isn't good enough, or it isn't perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.  Whatever it is you're scared of doing, do it.

Make your mistakes, next year and forever.
 - Neil Gaiman

and Friendships.

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