Mildred Bailey once sang, “If you miss me, you’ll be missing the Acme Fast Freight.” I don’t know enough about railroad / steam train mythology to even pretend to interpret the seriousness of that metaphor, but I do know this.
On Thursday, December 5, in Portland, Oregon, a remarkable small jazz happening is going to take place at Classic Pianos: a concert by the peerless singer Rebecca Kilgore, trombone / cornet master / arranger / composer / singer Dan Barrett, and pianist Paolo Alderighi.
This trio will be performing songs that will appear on their next CD. Classic Pianos (the space) is an intimate room and a good number of tickets have already been sold.
If this sounds to some like more JAZZ LIVES shameless sleeve-tugging, you can take it as such if you choose. But if three of the finest musicians now improvising were going to give a quiet concert . . . and you found out only when it was over, wouldn’t you be annoyed?
So I am trying to save you such irksome moments of kicking yourself (always a nasty business, whether you connect or not) and encourage you, if you live within reach of 3003 SE Milwaukie Ave, Portland, Oregon 97202, to join in on the pleasure. From what I have heard, this concert will sell out. The doors open at 7 PM; the concert begins at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $15 apiece (less than a CD) and can be purchased online here.
And here is the Facebook page for the event. And an Event it is. If I have to explain to JAZZ LIVES readers who Miss Kilgore, Mister Barrett, and Mister Alderighi are . . . some of you have not been taking proper notes!
This version of the Rebecca Kilgore Trio is making a rare Portland appearance, but any appearance by these three inventive musicians is a delight. Rebecca calls Portland home, but Paolo has traveled from Milan and Dan from southern California for this. (Me, I have traveled from New York by way of Novato and San Diego but I would not miss this concert.)
Paolo has performed all over the world and is admired by many jazz greats including Ken Peplowski and Bucky Pizzarelli. He is an astonishing musician, as I have written here. Dan Barrett has been amazing and reassuring us since the late Seventies — with Benny Goodman, Ruby Braff, Howard Alden, Scott Hamilton, Rosemary Clooney, Joe Bushkin, Buck Clayton and Bobby Short. Rebecca was a wellspring of sweet swinging melody when I first heard her at the end of the last century and she keeps getting finer. Usually she’s at Carnegie Hall or in Europe: this is a rare chance to catch this trio in a small quiet room, making small-group swing music come alive with love and wit.
For more information, contact Peggie Zackery at Classic Pianos:
Phone: (503) 546-5622 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
May your happiness increase!