REBECCA KILGORE, HER QUARTET, HER CELESTIAL SELVES

When I sat down to spread the good news, I was reminded of an unpublished e.e. cummings poem about the Rebecca Kilgore Quartet (known to those who know as the RK4):

the rk4

is back for more

don’t

blink

don’t

snore

get out

the door

Cummings was right.

The RK4 (the group formerly known, under an old regime, as B E D) is going to be playing for lucky motivated Californians in November 2012.  The group is our Becky (vocals, guitar); Dan Barrett (trombone, cornet, vocal, mischief); Eddie Erickson (guitar, vocal, banjo, more mischief); Joel Forbes (string bass, dark raptures).

They are one of those rare jazz groups that understands their audience: so they move from a heartbreaking ballad to vaudeville fun, from virtuosity to sweet swing.  The audiences don’t fidget; they’re busy being entranced and the evening rushes by.  The RK4 doesn’t get as many opportunities to appear together as they should — by rights, they should have their very own Sunday-evening television show, with guests — so this is not at all an ordinary occasion.  It’s rather like one of those celestial happenings . . . . if you miss the Perseid meteor shower, there won’t be one in three days.  So do go if you can!

Details:

Sunday, November 4, 2012:  The Norris Center for the Performing Arts, Palos Verdes, California: “Cabajazz” with the Rebecca Kilgore Quartet — Rebecca, Dan Barrett, Eddie Erickson, Joel Forbes.  The Center is located at 27525 Crossfield Drive, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274, and it appears that the RK4 will be doing two shows — an 11:30 AM one with brunch; a 5 PM one with “Supper”.  More information here.  Or call (310) 544-0403.

But wait!  There’s more!

Becky’s home town is Portland, Oregon, where she gigs regularly.  On Friday, October 19, it will be Western Swing Night at the Bijou Cafe, 132 SW 3rd Avenue in Portland (503.222.3187).  Becky will sing with James Mason, fiddle; Doc Stein, steel guitar and dobro, Pete Lampe, string bass.  “Dancers very welcome!”

On Saturday, October 20 (do you see a pattern here?  I hope I do.), Becky will be appearing from 8-11 PM at Ivories Jazz Lounge and Restaurant, 1435 NW Flanders (also Portland: 503,241,6514)  with the wonderful David Evans on reeds, Randy Porter, piano; Tom Wakeling, string bass.  And Becky will play her rhythm guitar on both gigs — a real asset.

But wait!  There’s more!

Perhaps there are some JAZZ LIVES readers who have only a dim notion of just how remarkable our Ms. Kilgore actually is.  I don’t know how this could happen, but I am assuming the possibility.  So just to really make sure that no one is in the dark, here is a performance by Becky, Dan Barrett, Rossano Sportiello, piano; Jon Burr, string bass; Ricky Malichi, drums, from the September 2012 Jazz at Chautauqua.  Appropriately for my vision of Rebecca Kilgore as a rare phenomenon, someone who is wholly herself — and we are glad — the song is I SAW STARS:

For more information, you can always catch Rebecca here or  here.  “Celestial” is putting it mildly.  Don’t blink, don’t snore . . .

May your happiness increase.

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3 responses to “REBECCA KILGORE, HER QUARTET, HER CELESTIAL SELVES

  1. Thank you for letting your readers know of my gigs — and even with an original poem! I’m honored! -Becky

  2. Thanks to cummings. I have access to his archives and it is the only copy of an otherwise unknown work.

  3. My heart is aching, I love this quartet so much– it is an amazing group of human being imbued with so much talent it barely fits on the stage. But, I wanted to say something about the NOrris Center– a very pretty, cozy palace that sponsors music of all sorts, the Jazz cabaret is a series of four appearances by the best of the best. Each group performs for two sets; a luncheon set and a dinner set. Food is plentiful and catered by local establishments in a buffet setting. Tables are dressed in white linen (sometimes colored linens) with floral centerpieces and cloth napkins… real silver tableware and china dishes all very cheerfully handled by volunteers and members of the Cabaret society. All very elegantly done- bar offerings are purchased with tickets sold as a separate purchase, attendees may bring their own for a small corkage fee. As beautifully elegant as the setting is, it is also warm and friendly. One can listen and or dance to favorite performers and still support the furtherance of the music and other worthwhile organizations.
    Martin Rosenzweig, the man behind the cabaret remains in tthe background, taking very little credit for the wonderful work he initiated and continues to support. If you are in Southern California, I urge you to check out this incredible venue and spend a glorious afternoon or evening in the company of great music, great food and you may make some new friends…I’d be there in a New York Minute if I could!

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