Daily Archives: November 2, 2012

ONWARDS IN SWING WITH THE SIDNEY BECHET SOCIETY (November 2012 – October 2013)

As of today, November 2, the first concert is on!

Monday, November 5 (7:15 PM): Jon-Erik Kellso’s “New Orleans Trumpet Greats,” featuring Evan Christopher, Matt Munisteri, Ehud Asherie, Pat O’Leary, Marion Felder.  Tickets $35, available by sending check to: Sidney Bechet Society, 20 Joy Drive, New Hyde Park, New York 11040 — or by phone from the Kaye Playhouse box office (212) 772-4448 / and in person.  The Kaye Playhouse is part of Hunter College and is at 68th Street between Park & Lexington, New York City.

In 2013, the concerts move back to Symphony Space, at Broadway at 95th Street.  The March 20, 2013 (Wednesday) concert will feature the Jim Cullum Jazz Band; the April 15 (Monday) concert will star the dazzling Catherine Russell; June 3 (Monday) reedman Dan Levinson takes the stage; September 9 (Monday) will be Ed Polcer’s night; October 7 will be a showcase for Evan Christopher.  (And I hear, very quietly, that some hot surprises are in store for the 2014 season.)  The SBS is offering a discount package — five shows for $125 if you get your check to 20 Joy Drive, New Hyde Park, New York 11041, by December 1.  After that the price goes back to $150.  Visit bechet  for details.

I hope to be at Kaye Playhouse on Monday night — if the Fates, British Airways, the Long Island Rail Road and the Long Island Power Authority allow . . . . join us if you can!  It might take our minds off destruction and wreckage for a few hours.

May your happiness increase. 

HOWARD ALDEN’S BRAZILIAN BEAUTIES, or CHORO GOES CHAUTAUQUA (Sept. 21, 2012)

My friend and student of Brazilian music Julio Schwarz Andrade says he approves of musicians “going out of their comfort zone,” as they do here.

But Julio and I agree that Howard Alden (tenor and seven-string guitars), Jon Burr (string bass), Pete Siers (drums), Duke Heitger (trumpet), and Dan Block (clarinet) create new comfort for themselves and us in their musical adventures.

Here are three stirring examples of musical wisdom, adaptability, and deep feeling.

The first is a trio performance of Jacob do Bandolim’s A GINGA DO MANE:

Duke Heitger brings Thirties Louis (and himself) to the Southern Hemisphere, sweetly, in DOCE DE COCO, (a love song, COCONUT SWEET) again by Jacob do Bandolim:

And Dan block rises to the challenge of sight-reading PAGAO (by Pixinguinha) nobly:

Music speaks heart-truths, no matter whether we can pronounce the titles of the songs or the composers.

May your happiness increase.