EXTRA, EXTRA! : HUMMINGBIRD BRIGADE to play Vancouver Jazz Fest, why I’m using a new instrumentation, my picks for Jazz Fest, and yes… I created SPORTS BAR JAZZ!

Hello, good morning, and welcome to the Saturday Morning News Post!

Readers, anyone who knows me knows that I likes the hype! That’s why I was so excited to read this Georgia Straight review declaring yours truly as the creator of “sports bar jazz.” Furthermore, author Alex Varty put the NHL on notice, saying “…another reason why if the powers that be at Hockey Night in Canada had any sense, they’d immediately commission Danderfer to pen a permanent replacement for Dolores Claman’s much-missed “The Hockey Theme”.

Thank you Alex, I couldn’t agree more. And who better to write the new theme song?! I LOVE hockey. I don’t really watch hockey per se, but I don’t need to; James Danderfer feels hockey, it’s in my bones. So NHL, if you’re reading (and I know you are), I eagerly await your phone call.

Back to the BRIGADE. We’re playing this year’s Vancouver Jazz Festival at my favourite club around, Cory Weeds’ Jazz Cellar, and this time around the band’s gonna be a bit different, we’re going from 11-pieces to 8-pieces. The reason for the change? I wanted to lighten up the instrumentation and streamline it a bit. Part of getting better at arranging music for large ensembles is being more efficient, ie not doubling too many parts, using instrument ranges more effectively to produce a bigger sound, and just general clarity of arrangement. Why use 11 musicians if you can get the same effect with eight? Also, it’s tough paying 8 or 9 guys a decent wage to play an 80 person-capacity jazz club, but it’s that much tougher to pay 11 or 12. Anyways, we’ll see how the new instrumentation works out. We played a fun show at New Westminster high school last month and so far, so good. I’ll try it out, and if it doesn’t work? I’ll change it again. Knowing myself, even if it does work, I’ll probably change it again!

The only hassle with a new instrumentation is that ALL the charts need to be re-arranged. A task which has been consuming me for the last couple of weeks.

So please, come down to the Cellar and hear mostly the same charts but with a new instrumentation, PLUS… a few new brass band covers and at least one new Danderfer original!

The details are:
THIS SUNDAY, JUNE 23rd, 8pm. $15 tix, @ THE CELLAR.
Click here for info on the club and to reserve seats!

Finally, allow me to suggest some shows at the upcoming festival…

First of all, go see all the free shows you can (complete listing on the website) because WHY NOT!? IT’S FREE! You’ll find many different types of “jazz” music, some you like, some you don’t. But in the process you’ll learn something, and again. It’s free.

Secondly, both The Cellar and Pat’s Pub have done a great job of booking cool shows so please go and support those venues.

For the evenings, here are few shows I want to see…

JUNE 21: LARRY GOLDINGS TRIO @ THE CELLAR
JUNE 22: LARRY GOLDINGS TRIO @ THE CELLAR or PUGS and CROWS at the electric owl.
JUNE 23: ME ME ME @ THE CELLAR
JUNE 24: AL MATHESON TRIO at Ousi Bistro
JUNE 25: THE NIGHT CRAWLERS or ALAN JONES CANADIAN ALL-STAR QUINTET
JUNE 26: KURT ROSENWINKEL or DR. JOHN or SEAN CRONIN’S ‘VERY GOOD’
JUNE 27: Just go out and explore!
JUNE 28: John Boutté with Steve Dawson
JUNE 29: Tony Foster Trio with guest Scott Hamilton & Harry Allen @ THE CELLAR
JUNE 30: Tim Berne’s Snakeoil
JULY 1: Just go out and see free shit everywhere!

Thanks for reading and see you Sunday!