Saturday, July 31, 2010
Here’s an interesting fact: the rock & roll, R&B, Motown, soul, funk and groove hits of the 1950’s, 1960’s, 1970’s were liberally peppered with the solo and improvisational work of jazz musicians.
That’s jazz flautist/saxaphonist Bud Shank, for instance (recording under a pseudonym) on the amazing 33-second flute solo on “California Dreamin’,” which was improvised in a studio in 1965. My dear friend Papa John Phillips and his producer, Lou Adler, often used jazz musicians as musical metaphors on their masterfully produced Mamas and the Papas’ albums.
Shank also performed the flute solo on the Association’s 1967 hit, “Windy,” and appeared on other popular tunes recorded by the likes Joni Mitchell and Boz Scaggs.
So do you want to hire a jazz band to play wedding music at your wedding? And dance music for your wedding reception?
Of course you do.
Admittedly, nobody should trust the music for one of the most important days/nights of their life to a bunch of young jazzers reading from “fake books.” Unfortunately, that’s a lot of what’s out there advertising itself to play the music for your once-in-a-lifetime wedding.
This is where experience counts…and seasonong.
Jazz gets a bum rap when people forget that it is much more… Read the full story »
Friday, July 9, 2010
Incorporating live music into the fabric of an event is a delicate and delicious task.
Live music is a beautiful thing. Because it isn’t “canned,” it can move from moment to moment to express joy, sorrow, romance, love, pathos and excitement. It’s about memories, old… Read the full story »