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There are two sets - 8:30 and 10 p.m. (separate admission for both) - and you can find out more by going to firehouse12.com or calling 203-785-0468. To fond out more about Mr. Bynum and his projects, go to taylorhobynum.com.
Joining Chris and Daniel onstage will be Mike DiMicco (guitar) and Chuck Lamb (piano). The group's repertoire covers a wide swath of American music (no surprise considering its heritage) and will surprise and please with its variety. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the music starts an hour later. For tickets and more information, go to thesidedoorjazz.com.
Hendrix is a delightful player, swings with glee, and has a sweet tone (listen below). His regular touring group includes Brandon McCune (piano), Chris Berger (bass), and Chris Beck (drums). Music begins at 8:30 p.m. For more information, call 860-434-0886. To learn more about the drummer, his web address is www.freddiehendrix.com.
Click on the link to hear the title track of his debut album:
The album opens with the only non-original composition on the album, an orchestral reading of Jimmy Rowles' classic "The Peacocks." Ulery's classy arrangement features Brock playing the melody and the major solo. Ulery takes a short solo over the easy brush work of drummer Jon Deitmeyer (with the trombones adding a quiet chorus) before pianist Rob Clearfield steps out front for a moment before the Orchestra returns to the main melody. Large also appears on the following track, "Hubble", a wondrous journey through several changes in dynamics that also has intelligent use of the strings, reeds and brass, sending out melodic signals throughout the universe of the song. The forceful 4/4 rhythm, the quiet interludes, strong solos from Clearfield and Brock, and the excellent arrangements for the sections makes this such an impressive work.
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Matt Ulery has created his own sound, hearing a confluence of sounds and styles unlike any contemporary composer. It strikes this listener a decade and seven albums into his career that melody is his guiding principal and this his instruments are the people such as Jon Deitmeyer, Rob Clearfierld, Zach Brock, eighth blackbird, Marquis Hill (trumpet), Russ Johnson, and others who he interpret his wondrous messages. "festival" is a treat, three albums on one disc, 74+ minutes, and well worth your time and attention.
To find out more, go to mattulery.com.
Here's the Jimmy Rowles' masterwork:
Do just that - listen to "Live at The 4 Queens". Think of this polished musician, vocalist, and entertainer, a polished, professional, and talented person in the midst of what was known as "Sin City" at the time. Wherever she was, Shirley Horn was herself, no one else, and we are all the luckier for the time she was here, for the many albums she recorded and all those fine gigs in clubs, concert halls, and auditoriums.
For more information, go to www.resonancerecords.org/release.php?cat=HCD-2015. Here's a good overview of Ms. Horn's career - go to www.npr.org/programs/jazzprofiles/archive/horn_s.html.