The Summer of ’16: A Random Review


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

Readers, the sun’s still shining but the air has cooled. Summer, she is on her way out again. As per usual I try and think back to what I accomplished and it’s all just a blur of work, deadlines, patio drinking, sun hats, travel, and music. …I guess that’s a pretty good blur of things actually.

Anyways, if you were looking for a quick run down on Danderfer’s Summer 2016 (and I know you were!), then here we go:

Off the top of my head, July was a full month. My Hummingbird Brigade BIG Band performed in the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival, (see photo above), I played a number of events with my trio, wrapped up teaching at the VSO School for the season, and played clarinet & tenor sax in the musical Billy Elliot at the Stanley theatre.

August was another busy one. I lead a quintet at the Jazz & Oysters event in Ocean, Park WA which featured NYC piano heavyweight (now in Portland) George Colligan along with Mike Horsfall, Chris Higgins, and Christopher Brown. It was a fun day. Kind of intense too as I had to drive 7 hours to get there, sleep for 6 hours, get to the venue and talk through 90 minutes of music in 15 minutes, and then perform together for the first time. Even by jazz standards, that’s pretty quick to put a show together! Great to finally meet and play with some fine Portland cats. I look forward to playing with them all again sometime.

Had a couple of fun gigs with a Vancouver quartet made up of Brad Turner (piano), Andre Lachance and Joe Poole. Quartet is a format I’ve avoided for a while now mostly because there’s an uncomfortable amount of focus on the lone clarinetistme. In a quintet you have two people sharing the “front-line,” in my trio the pianist kind of takes the lion’s share of focus, but quartet? That puts clarinet front and center. Good to experience that again and I think I’ll do more of it this year.

What else… I taught at the Douglas College Summer Jazz Intensive! And intensive it was: 8:30am – 5pm for six days in a row, 2 combo rehearsals each day, master classes, and faculty performances every day, it was A LOT of jazz. In fact, I would have been sick of jazz after 6 days of that had it not been for such an inspired group of students and faculty.

Finally, I ended the season in class with a trip to the Okanagan where I was busy tasting many wines and generally enjoying some Summer heat… from within an air-conditioned house. Highlights included TH Wines, Okanagan Crush Pad, Dominion Cider, Liquidity and Blue Mountain.

And now, back at it! Teaching at the VSO School has resumed. Just finished the music for a biotech company commercial. About to start working on music for a short film by Ana├»sa Visser AND prepare some music for another film pitch of hers next week. Also, working on more music for my BIG band in preparation for a concert at Frankie’s December 5th.

OK. That’s all for now. If you have any suggestions for further SMNPs, feel free to reach me on twitter or facebook. Thanks for reading and have a great week! jd

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