Tuesday, January 1, 2013
The Buttonwood's January of Jazz
For old fogies, such as myself, it's a great place to hear live music. I have seen and heard numerous musicians from around the world playing (literally) in my living room. For several years after coming to Wesleyan, Professor Anthony Braxton would workshop material in the performance space. David Chevan and Warren Byrd utilized the space to kickstart the Afro-Semitic Experience and I've watched Noah Baerman grow as a performer and composer in that very room.
So, I am so pleased to see the schedule in January includes a goodly number of jazz concerts. This Saturday (January 5), tenor saxophonist Russ Nolan (pictured above) brings his Organ Trio to The Buttonwood for an 8 p.m. show. Nolan just issued his third CD as a leader, "Tell Me" (Rhinoceruss Music), and will be bringing 2 of the musicians on the disk with him, organist Art Hirahara and drummer Brian Fishler. Inspired by his great love of salsa dancing, the recording has several Latin-influenced tunes (including a splendid version of Stevie Wonder's "Creepin') but, in his liner notes, Nolan writes "..this is anything but a dance record." Yet, it is hard to keep one's feet from tapping on a majority of tracks. There are also intelligent arrangements of Lennon-McCartney's "Nowhere Man" and Michael Jackson's "Man in the Mirror" (composed by Siedah Garrett and Glen Ballard.) Nolan's warm tenor sound, his enjoyment for playing and the excellent rhythm section will warm those who come see the Trio play.
All told, should be another fine evening of exploratory music - the music starts at 8 p.m.
To find out more, go to www.dandechellis.com. To find out more about The Buttonwood Tree, its complete January schedule and beyond, go to www.buttonwood.org.