Saturday, March 1, 2014
Amanda Monaco's Ethical Music + Brian Charette's Earthy Sounds
For the Middletown gig (which commences at 7 p.m.), Ms. Monaco brings a Quintet that features Tammy Sheffer (vocals), Daphna Mor (recorder, ney flute, vocals), Sean Conly (acoustic bass) and Satoshi Takeishi (percussion), al of whom (save for Ms. Sheffer) appear on "The Pirkei Avot Project: Volume 1" that was released in 2011. "Volume II" is in the works and this concert will feature several new pieces. For more information about the show at Adath Israel, call 860-346-4709 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. To find out more about Amanda Monaco and her music, go to amandamonaco.com.
eads "I'll be doing a Clinic at UConn March 6 & 7, and I'll be playing Mar 8th at Shish Lounge in West Hartford 7-10pm, and Mar 9th is at the Hartford Rd. Cafe in Manchester Ct 7:30-10:30pm with Frank Varela. Frank and I used to play in a Band called Street Temperature that was popular in Htfd like 20yrs ago! Then I'm hosting the Jazz Night at Black Eyed Sally's (in Hartford) on Mar 10."
Charette, a native of Meriden, CT, (and graduate of Platt High School) who's been in New York City for 2 decades, has 2 new CDs out plus is featured on the brand new CD from saxophonist Mike DiRubbo. All are worth hearing (reviews are forthcoming) and each is as good as the other. One of them is his first release for Posi-Tone Records. Titled "Square One", Charette works with guitarist Yotam Silberstein and the always dynamic drummer Mark Ferber. When I spoke with him, Charette was highly complimentary of Posi-Tone label heads Mark Free and Nick O'Toole - he loves the sound of this music and I don't blame him. Recording engineer O'Toole has a great understanding of how to make the drums sound natural and also how to mix so that each instrument is heard at its optimum.
For more information about the Shish Lounge, go to shishlounge.com or call 860-986-7698. For more information about the Hartford Road Cafe, go to www.hartfordroadcafe.com or call 860-646-1044. For more information about the Jazz Night at Black Eyed Sally's, go to blackeyedsallys.com/music.cfm or call 860-278-RIBS (7427).
I'll be talking with both Amanda Monaco (11:30 a.m.) and Brian Charette (12noon) Sunday March 2 on WLIS-AM 1420 and WMRD-AM 1150 (online at www.wliswmrd.net.)