I’m thrilled that there are some people I know and hold dear who are doing what I do — documenting the jazz scene with video cameras and a respect for the music and musicians. I may leave someone out, but first among them, Laura Wyman of Wyman Video and Eric Devine of CineDevine, and my esteemed California role model, Rae Ann Hopkins Berry.
To this list I now add the brilliant string bassist and very effective videographer Matt Weiner. I’d heard and admired his playing on Jacob Zimmerman’s MORE OF THAT and I got to see him on video in a January 2019 performance here. He may be mildly shocked by being the center of attention, but once you see the evidence you will understand why he deserves the bright lights and bouquets.
Going back a bit, I don’t recall seeing this announcement for a trio performance at Seattle’s Kenyon Hall:
My ignorance was all to the good, because I would have whined and sulked, “I can’t be there to hear or video this music. How can they do this to me?” But Matt rescued me — and now you — from such dolorous utterances by not only recording nine selections by this wondrous trio but sending them to me, and thus to us.
Hence, delights. If you don’t know the Masters here, Skjelbred and Zimmerman, you have fallen behind on your blog-homework and will be sent to blog-detention. Matt is a noble member of this trio. The videos below should unfold as a set of glories: lyrical, tender, hot, wise, and heartfelt. A rare and lasting gift.
Blessings on these three fellows. And gratitude.
May your happiness increase!