Mark your calendars everyone, I’ll be playing Sept 26 & 27 at my favourite Vancouver jazz club The Cellar. This time however, there will be no songs in odd time signatures, no overly complicated arrangements, no 5-page long piano charts or notated bass lines riddled with 16th notes, and (probably) no nostalgic tales about life in modern day Shanghai, … in other words, we won’t be playing my music.
Instead, it’s time for a look back in history, to pay tribute to some of the early masters of jazz clarinet such as Sidney Bechet, Jimmie Noone, Johnny Dodds, Barney Bigard and others who laid the foundation of jazz clarinet in the 1920s and ’30s.
“Why play 1930’s music in 2008?” you ask?
For starters, this music is just fun to play and for a jazz clarinetist, nothing gives you license to wail away like the ’20s & ’30s do. Besides that, I think it’s important to focus on the foundations of this art form from time to time, doing so reminds me of the simple things that make the music feel good and adds richness to my own writing and playing.
Anyways, what I’m getting at is, it’ll be a fun couple of nights with a great band of Vancouver mainstays (Chris Davis (trumpet), Rod Murray (trombone), Sharon Minemoto (piano), Adam Thomas (bass), and Joe Poole (drums)) so come down and join us for music, food and drink at the Cellar!
Also, for those who’d like to hear some of the original recordings, I’ll be playing/introducing them on 102.7fm radio, Sept. 22 from 11am-noon as a guest on Cory Weeds’ radio show “Chasin’ the Train”
*Shows at the Cellar start at 8:30 & 10:15 on both nights (Sept 26-27), click here for the club’s website/calendar.