Pianist Henry Butler will be our guest for a unique solo piano show for our next Jazz Live San Diego, Tuesday, April 12, 2011.
Henry's Bio on his website.: An eight-time W.C. Handy “Best Blues Instrumentalist - Piano” award nominee, Henry Butler knows no limitations. Although blinded by glaucoma since birth, Butler is also a world class photographer with his work displayed at exhibitions throughout the United States. Playing piano since the age of six, Butler is a master of musical diversity. Combining the percussive jazz piano playing of McCoy Tyner and the New Orleans style playing of Professor Longhair through his classically trained wizardry, Butler continues to craft a sound uniquely his own. A rich amalgam of jazz, Caribbean, classical, pop, blues and R&B influences, his music is as excitingly eclectic as that of his New Orleans birthplace.
Preview Tune: Orleans Inspiration from Orleans Inspiration (1990)
Mastering baritone horn, valve trombone and drums, in addition to the piano, at the Louisiana State School for the Blind in Baton Rouge, as a youngster, Butler began formal vocal training in the eleventh grade. He went on to sing German lieder, French and Italian art songs and operatic arias at Southern and Michigan State Universities, earning a Masters degree in vocal music. He has taught music workshops throughout the country and initiated a number of different educational projects, including a residential jazz camp at Missouri State School for the Blind and a program for blind and visually impaired students at the University of New Orleans.
Mentored by influential jazz clarinetist and Michigan State University teacher Alvin Batiste, Butler was encouraged to explore Brazilian, Afro-Cuban and other Caribbean music. With Batiste’s help, he successfully applied for National Endowment for the Arts grants to study with keyboard players George Duke, then with Cannonball Adderley’s Quintet, and the late Sir Roland Hanna. He studied with Harold Mabern, pianist for the late Lee Morgan, for a summer and spent a long afternoon studying with Professor Longhair.
Preview Tune: Goin' Down Slow from Orleans Inspiration (1990)
Going to be live blogging the event below, so watch out!
And now the interview plays and I'm off to get set for a Henry Butler preview...
9:30 And the crowd goes wild...while the band takes a bow out front! What a fantastic show!
9:24 Tune 13 "Down Home Feelin": She needs a break, but is gutting it out! Heading down to close it out!
I will be heading down soon to say good night to our studio audience and getting things ready for a Henry Butler preview of our April 12, 2011 Jazz Live San Diego! But I think they will be doing one more tune after this, so I'll hang tight!
9:17 Tune 12 "Exposure". Another from Check The Box, which tonight's pianist Luis Perdomo plays on. She's really working the set list tonight!
9:11 Tune 11 "Five More Days". Mid-tempo tune, starting out with Rebecca doing another vocal.
She talks a bit about being a West Coast girl that went to NY, but loving San Diego and playing Frisbee at the beach today.
9:04 Back in the perch, after the station ID and a chat about trying out new stuff in front of an audience and the change it might undergo.
Tune 10 "Regrets": Another new tune. She explained is as very improvisational, like a improve painting. With a little structure that she has built for it. Feels like she is trying out a different kind of composition. And this is just a trio, Perdomo piano, Camacho bass, Franks trumpet.
Tune 9 "Mass" (before the break): Another tune from 2009's Check The Box. Boy it sure swang hard!
8:52 Time for me to go down and figure out what I'm going to ask her in about 8 minutes....ah...
Here's a slide show of the pictures from tonight's show and before hand...
8:47 Explains some of the dead air as she is changing up the set list as she goes. Next up a reggae tune... Tune 8 "<a reggae tune>": Another vocal by Rebecca...she really loves to sing!
Here's a shot from up in the perch above the Seville Theatre
8:42 Tune 7 "3/4": She said she didn't know what time it was and someone from the crowd yelled "8:42". She said "Time flies when you are having fun!". I hope she has enough tunes to get the full 90 minutes in...I'm sure she does!!
8:35 Tune 6 Hugs From Heaven. A tune written for her father who passed away about a year ago. Rebecca sings for the first time tonight. Before the tune, as there was a little dead air for you at home on the radio, she came back and explained: "A little out of order...which isn't too strange for me" (a little paraphrase, but you get the very humble idea!).
8:29 Tune 5 Genetic Makeup. Another tune written in the last couple of months. Never recorded. Probably played live very few times....nice! Swinging tune, with Luis Perdomo taking a really nice turn on piano! Also, Rene Camacho did it up..and the crowd loved it!
We are soooo lucky to be hearing lots of previously unheard, new music from Rebecca...she is hoping to record this in June 2011.
8:22: Rebecca introduces the band. Just met Andy a couple gigs ago. Luis Perdomo, piano, played on her "Check The Box" disc from 2009. Tune 4: "Open Heart". Ballad.
8:16 Tune 3 - Movin' On. To commemorate quitting her college teaching gig and deciding to play full time! Great choice! Nice solo by drummer Andy Sanesi!!
She back announced the first tunes... Tune 0 (before the on air): Thursday. Tune 1: LuLu Tune 2: Someday. The first tune she wrote at age 20!
The shot I took, with the program, from backstage, while the band played their first tune:
8:08 Back in the perch after opening the show, the first tune was a nice shuffle with RCF really blowing it away! She must have been a little inspired by the Kermit Ruffins that Barry Farrar played right before he tossed it to us in the theatre. Tune 2 is a sweet bossa-ish swinger.
7:47 In the perch, but heading backstage to get the band and then out front to introduce them and get the show started! Break a leg!!
RALPH BOWEN – “POWER PLAY” (Straight-ahead saxophone quartet, doing all but one original, on the edgy side). AllAboutJazz (Bruce Lindsey): Power Play
is an apposite title: for saxophonist Ralph Bowen is certainly one of
the most powerful players in contemporary jazz. But power alone is
seldom, if ever, enough, and Bowen combines power with exceptional
control, feeling and tone. The rest of the quartet shares Bowen's
characteristics, ensuring that this collection of tunes is constantly
ROYCE CAMPBELL – “MAKE ME RAINBOWS” (Guitar/organ trio, doing mostly standards, recorded in 1995, but newly released). JazzLoft: This is the same rhythm section featured on the classic Wes Montgomery
recording "Boss Guitar." This CD contains three originals by Campbell
along with such standards as "Ruby," "You Go To My Head," "If I Should
Lose You," "Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise," and a seldom recorded Cole
Porter tune called "Could It Be You."
FRANCIS COLETTE/JONAS TAUBER – “PORT SAID STREET” (Guitar/cello, doing interesting arrangements on originals and standards).
LUIS CONTE – “EN CASA DE LUIS” (Percussionist, leading a hard-core latin session. Lots of vocal tracks, mostly originals).Amazon: En Casa de Luis is the 7th release for Multi-Grammy Winner Luis Conte,
an acknowledged master of percussion. His celebrated career includes
touring and or recording work with some of the greatest names in
contemporary music including Madonna, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins,
Santana, Jackson Browne, Celine Dion, Barbara Streisand, Ray Charles,
Tony Bennett, Pat Metheny, James Taylor, Shakira. Ozzy Osborne and Cuban
legends Arturo Sandoval and Cachao.
JERY COSTANZO – “DESTINATION MOON” (Male vocalist backed by a big band, doing all standards. More of a lounge vibe, but great arrangements).
BENOIT DELBECQ TRIO – “THE SIXTH JUMP” (Progressive piano trio, doing all originals).
MONIKA HERZIG – “COME WITH ME” (Pianist, leading a variety of band configurations, with originals, standards and new standards).
RICK HOLLAND-EVAN DOBBINS LITTLE BIG BAND – “TRILBY” (A swingin’ collection of jazz standards and originals). Lazaro Vega, Radio Host, Blue Lake Public Radio :Rick Holland’s flugelhorn improvisations flow with a seasoned musician’s
imagination and a hard working trumpeter’s ability to play whatever
comes to mind. His piquant touches to the top of the staff (or above)
from wherever he happens to be in the improvised melodic line are a
great example of where daily practice can take you.
VIJAY IYER WITH PRASANNA/NITIN MITTA – “TIRTHA” (Pianist acknowledging his Indian roots, with tabla and sitar, doing all originals). CMJ (Brianne Galli): Composed by Iyer and Prasanna, Tirtha communicates a spiritual
journey free of labels. The music does not submit to any one type of
music that each of its members creates, and does not fit neatly into
just one genre. For the group, the collaboration celebrates India’s
freedom by representing a more global sound as a result of independence.
ANDREI KONDAKOV – “BLUES FOR 4” (Russian pianist, backed by a great band, doing all originals, straight-ahead).
BRIAN LYNCH – “UNSUNG HEROES” (Trumpeter paying tribute to under appreciated fellow trumpet players, straight-ahead groove). Elements of Jazz (Atane Ofiaja): Lynch says, "Unsung Heroes pays tribute to and features the
compositions of jazz trumpet giants such as Joe Gordon, Tommy
Turrentine, Idrees Sulieman, and other greats who have flown under the
radar of popular acclaim despite their artistry and influence on players
such as myself."
RENEE MANNING – “ALL GROWN UP” (Female vocalist doing a mix of standards and new standards, with a couple of originals).CDUniverse: Renee Manning's life has been quite a musical odyssey. Transitioning
from a classical soprano to a soul/funk stylist (with a range comparable
to Minnie Ripperton) and finally into a Jazz and Blues Contralto, her
vocal journey has been phenomenal. The truth is, anything with a touch
of the blues (or that depth of feeling), is well within her domain of
expression. Couple Manning's musical style with that of her becoming an
incredible vocal coach and educator along the way, and you have an
inspirational force to be reckoned with.
DADO MORONI – “LIVE IN BEVERLY HILLS” (Piano trio, doing a straight-ahead mix of standards and originals).
EDDIE MENDENHALL – “COSINE MEETS TANGENT” (Piano/vibes quartet, doing all but one original, straight ahead).
THE NIGHTCRAWLERS – “DOWN IN THE BOTTOM” (Mix of straight-ahead and big band tracks, with organ, guitar and drums providing hard driving rhythm). Vancouver Sun - The Nightcrawlers Top Up Their Bottom: We did some concerts in the summer [of 2010] where we had an organist
from Montreal visiting and she brought all these big band charts with
her because there are all these great Jimmy Smith records on Verve from
the ’60s with great arrangements,” Cahill says. “We played a whole bunch
of that and Cory [Weeds] said, ‘Why don’t we do the next record half
with a big band and half as a quintet?’ And I was like, ‘How the heck
are we gonna do that?’ ”
ARTURO O’FARRILL & THE AFRO LATIN JAZZ ORCHESTRA – “40 ACRES AND A BURRO” (Great big band latin grooves, can also be aired in straight-ahead segments). AllAboutJazz (Dan Bilawsky): Throughout
the program, the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra demonstrates a signature
flair for all things spicy, and Arturo O'Farrill continues to define the
sound of his own creation, which can simply be called all-inclusive
ONE FOR ALL – “INVADES VANCOUVER” (Live recording of this all-star ensemble, doing mostly their originals).
JANE STUART – “DON’T LOOK BACK” (Female vocalist, doing the Great American Songbook and new standards).
HRISTO VITCHEV QUINTET – “THE PERPERIKON SUITE” (Guitar/vibe quintet, doing all straight-ahead originals).
YELLOWJACKETS – “TIMELINE” (Mostly straight-ahead outing, with some contemporary tracks).
ZZYMZZY QUARTET – “ZZWING!” (More gypsy jazz from local musicians).
The New Jazz Thing is LIVE 6-8 PM PT Monday, February 28, 2011 on Jazz 88.3 FM KSDS San Diego Webcast http://Jazz88.org!
Tonight on the show:
Rachel Z and Omar Hakim of Trio of OZ (check out some music clips there)! They will both be joining us via teleconference line to chat about their new release.
Noah Preminger has a new release "Before The Rain" out and we'll be chatting with him about it.
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ERNEST STUART – “SOLITARY WALKER” (Very edgy trombonist, with a mix of originals and standards).
Reviews and Quotes:
Ernest Stuart - Album Preview: Solitary Walker is the product of my
attempt to create music that is a true reflection of myself and my
musical experiences which ranges from gigs with The Roots to The Village
Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. I also wanted to present a jazz album that is
steeped in the tradition of Philadelphia soul. During it’s production, I
set out to capture an honesty that I feel most over-produced jazz
albums now lack. I believe the over-use of technology to erase
“mistakes” can leave an album without character. The album boasts a
slight rawness from the use of acoustic instruments and as few
microphones as possible (the horns share one microphone as well). In
keeping with my vision of honesty, the listener is drawn into the
album’s sound and sophistication unpretentiously.
AllAboutJazz: "The CD title Solitary Walker comes from the book Reveries of the Solitary Walker
written by French philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Stuart discovered
the book during a somewhat tumultuous time while living in New York
City. The book's theme resonated deeply with him, though his “exile" was
totally self imposed. He learned a lot about himself during this
relatively short period, but also about the nature of ordinary people,
music and musicians."
Anthony Smith Bio: "...also the Common Ground Theatre’s world premiere of “Jazz Queens Cast Blue
Shadows,” for which Anthony wrote the original score to accompany the
standards of Billie Holiday and Dinah Washington. The music from “Jazz
Queens” was then recorded in the studio by Anthony and his four-piece
band, for a forthcoming Bluport Records release (early 2011)."
PIKET – “SIDES, COLORS” (Mostly progressive outing, with a variety of
band configurations, doing mostly originals, with a couple of
Reviews and Quotes:
AllAboutJazz.com (Wilbert Sostre): "she demonstrates her different musical sides and colors. Piket shows her classical, lyrical side on "Billy's Ballad" and Bill Evans "Laurie," while the classical feel is accentuated by the addition of clarinet, flute and strings—a concept similar to Esperanza Spalding's Chamber Music Society (Heads Up, 2010)."
AllAboutJazz.com (Dan McClenaghan): "Side, Colors
features a mix of styles, but is sequenced perfectly. "Side A" is
mostly with strings; "Side B," a freer, mostly piano trio affair. Piket
takes some chances here, and it pays off nicely."