Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Today we saw the Buzz Jones band. Mr. Jones is the leader and a music teacher at Gettysburg College. This band consists of people he has played with for many years, plus current student musicians. They were a joy to see as they ran through a varied set which consisted of Now's The Time, St. Louis Blues, St. James Infirmary, When It's Sleepy Time Down South, among others. The price was right at no charge. I encourage everyone to seek out venues like this. There are many great musicians out there, possibly near you. Across the street from the theatre, there was a record store where I found some great lps. Brand X, a jazz fusion band with Phil Collins on drums, The World Saxophone Quartet lp Dances and Ballads, a Mississippi John Hurt compilation lp, and an L.T.D. lp with Jeffrey Osborne. This was a fine day of music filled with little surprises.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Monday, March 25, 2013
I can't think of a better day to debut this blog than celebrating the 84th birthday of Cecil Taylor. www.wkcr.org is doing a birthday broadcast as we speak. Cecil Taylor was born on March 25, 1929 in New York City. Classically trained, he is one of the pioneers of free jazz. He has a percussive approach to the piano, producing extremely improvised music, frequently involving tone clusters and polyrhythms. Taylor has had a long and varied career as a solo performer and leader of many aggregations. I would suggest visiting youtube for a sample of his performances and search the web for tour dates.