From time to time we post music from Madison jazz musicians (just send in your mp3). Today we have a recording of “Mary’s Song” from a concert two days ago at Capitol Lakes. The musicians are Doug Brown on guitar and Bob Kerwin (me) on tenor saxophone.
Mary is my wife and I wrote this song for her for our wedding anniversary. Now she loves me even more! Is that even possible?
The recording was made with a Sony digital recorder set on a chair off to the side of Capitol Lake’s Grand Hall. Although the goal was self assessment, not a professional recording, we are pleased with the result. The acoustics were great and a warm, appreciative audience put us at ease. We like performing there.
We also enjoy our regular performances at Delaney’s Charcoal Steaks 6-9 pm twice a month on Fridays. This month we play Feb 7th and 21st. For future dates check the calendar on this site.
Madison Jazz Society (MJS) will hold a SUPER JAZZ BOOK & MORE SALE on Friday, February 1 (2:00-6:00 PM) and Saturday, February 2 (10:00 AM-2:00 PM) as a fundraiser for the Society’s School Grants Fund. The Fund annually awards grants to schools throughout the Greater Madison area and across Wisconsin to enhance their jazz education programs. Among the $9,000 in grants awarded this past November were ones to support last month’s Madison All-City High School Jazz Festival and next month’s Sun Prairie High School Jazz Festival. The Fund also supports things like purchase of jazz charts and instruments, clinician fees, artist-in-residence programs, and the like.
This sale will feature more than 500 jazz books that were recently donated to MJS, as well as a variety of CDs and records. The books are in pristine condition and MJS assures shoppers that they will find something good to add to your library.
The sale will be held at the Drums ‘N Moore store, 6033 Monona Drive, second floor, in Monona. Look for signs in front of the building that will direct you to the sale. The building is next to Studio Z hair design.
In previous years a third category was Jazz Performer of the Year. At least two categories is better than none.
Among the Instrumentalist nominees I also noticed jazz pianist Dave Stoler, and jazz (and other genres) guitarist Louka Patenaude. The final round of voting lasts until April 28th. To learn more about the voting process see this previous post.
You may have noticed that the weekly jazz hasn’t been very weekly lately. There’s a shortage of tunes being sent in for me to stream. If you’d like to have your music featured in this space check out the instructions here.
Dave Cooper’s music has already been featured on Madison Jazz but we seem to have made our way through the pack and are coming around again. Besides, all the music on his CD, “Petite Monde,” is very high quality. This is another original called Giuoco.
Musicians on the CD are:
David Cooper – trumpet
Woody Mankowski – sax
Vincent Fuh/Paul Hastil – piano
Jeff Eckels/ Tim Gilson – bass
Dane Richeson – drums
Several weeks ago in my review of El Clan Destino’s concert at Capitol Lakes, I mentioned that Nick had given me a copy of their 2004 release, “Ruckus.” I said it then and I’ll say it now, this is a great CD: a variety of interesting songs, superb musicianship, and terrific sound quality. This week Madison Jazz features El Ruckus from that CD.
El Ruckus was written by Frank Martinez, the group’s drummer, and presents the rawer, rhythmic side of El Clan Destino. It was difficult to choose just one song since each is good but presents a different side of the band. There also is From Within, a latin jazz tune by pianist, Michel Camilo; a fresh interpretation of Led Boots from the “Wired” CD by rock guitarist, Jeff Beck; and six originals by Vince Fuh. If you want to hear a sweeter, more melodic side of El Clan Destino check out Undine by Vince Fuh. This song plays in the background of their website and is their most popular song according to Nick.
The CD is available through CD Baby or at B-Side Records (on State Street) and Strictly Discs (on Monroe Street). The musicians as pictured from left to right above (with their old hair styles – Jamie is the latest to trim his locks much shorter):
Vincent Fuh – piano
Nick Moran – electric and string bass
Francisco Martinez – drums and percussion
Jamie Ryan – congas and percussion