It was nice enough for journalist Larry Blumenfeld to check out the newest Clarinet Road CD, but extremely flattering for him to take the time to write this piece for Jazziz Magazine.
It’s been several years since I did some shows with the Columbus Jazz Orchestra. I’m sure that although there will be some new faces, the band is still swinging hard. Drummer Jamison Ross and I will bring the spirit of New Orleans, but unlike their publicity, please, no Mardi Gras beads. Carnival Season doesn’t officially start until Jan 5.
Shows are Thursday, Oct. 20 @ 7:30
Friday & Saturday, Oct 21 & 22 @8pm
Sunday, Oct. 23 @3pm
More info at Columbus Jazz Arts Group’s website.
Wednesday, 2 Nov, 2016 (7:00pm)
Jazz Academy Listening Party: Before the Jazz Band Ball @ Jazz at Lincoln Center
Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Education Department and the Sidney Bechet Society have invited me and a quartet to present a free Listening Party on Wednesday, November 2 at 7 pm. Before the Jazz Band Ball will be a concert and discussion celebrating early New Orleans musicians who paved the way for the birth of “jazz” with their musical activities outside of the Crescent City. The event will combine listening examples with live performances. The stories of giants such as Jelly Roll Morton, Freddie Keppard, Sidney Bechet as well as less-sung heroes such as Alcide Nunez and Manuel Perez remind us that the musical revolution of “jazz” did not happen overnight with the 1917 recordings of the Original Dixieland Jazz Band
This event is an exciting part of Jazz at Lincoln’s Center’s free Listening Party series, which can be found online at http://academy.jazz.org/listening-parties/
Agnes Varis and Karl Leichtman Recording Studio on Tuesday, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Broadway at 60th St., New York, New York.
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“LICORICE STICK SUNDAYS” at SNUG HARBOR, NOLA
WHEN: Every Sunday in November and a Finale on December 4
WHAT: A compelling and diverse series of concerts celebrating the clarinet
WHERE: Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro, 626 Frenchmen Street, New Orleans
I am honored to have this opportunity to celebrate the clarinet for the whole month of November! This residency at the best music venue in New Orleans will feature A-Listers and special guests each Sunday for two shows, 8pm & 10pm.
Sunday, Nov. 6 “From Bechet to Batiste”
Guests Include: Gregory Agid & David Torkanowsky
Sunday, Nov. 13 “Beyond Spanish Tinge”
Guests Include: Ernesto Vega Perez, Joe Ashlar & Alexey Marti
Sunday, Nov. 20 “In the Tradition”
Guests Include: Tim Laughlin, Shannon Powell, Don Vappie & Aurora Nealand
Sunday, Nov. 27 “Clarinet Cornucopia”
Guests Include: The John Reeks Clarinet Trio
CLARINET ROAD FINALE, SUNDAY DECEMBER 4
Clarinet Road starts a month-long residency at the venerable Snug Harbor in New Orleans. The opener of my “Licorice Stick Sundays” series features Gregory Agid for a celebration of a century of New Orleans clarinet called “Bechet to Batiste.” David Torkanowsky, Jason Stewart and young lion Brian Richburg Jr. on drums are the engine driving this high-energy tribute to the Crescent City’s clarinet tradition.
It’s the usual drill at Snug: Two shows, 8pm & 10pm, reservations online here or by calling the club during business hours. (504) 949-0696
Clarinet Road continues the “Licorice Stick Sundays” series with a duel with Cuban virtuoso Ernesto Vega. I met Ernesto about five years ago in Europe when he was accompanying Yuri Buenaventura. We hit it off, but until now, politics have made our collaboration difficult. “Beyond the Spanish Tinge” will explore the Afro-Creole roots of New Orleans music. Contemporary renderings of Gottschalk, Leucona and Jelly Roll Morton are paired with rhythmically rich originals.
Two shows, 8pm & 10pm, with a special discount for the late show. Reservations online here or by calling the club during business hours. (504) 949-0696