|Salutations Solid Folks of Jazz!
The wild Cali winds of fire are blowing and for some reason the right sonic fit this morning is Blue Note Classic Hits. This is on Spotify and you dial it up and in comes a steady stream of some of the great moments of jazz. Spinning right now is Jimmy Smith with Stanley Turrentine playing “Back at the Chicken Shack”. This is totally x-rated non vegetarian fare served up in a 12 bar cycle. Tasty audio and it’s a good way to start the day, the day that finds us putting up with severe devil winds and hoping she doesn’t catch on fire.
For this week we’ve got two nights of jazz guitar heaven worked up. On Friday night it’ll be NYC guitarist Roni Ben-Hur and myself in search of truth on the six strings. It’s a Dizzy’s hit and if you haven’t heard of Roni before now might be a time to get aquatinted with one of the greats.
He grew up in Dimona, Israel. He is the youngest of seven children and one of two born after the family emigrated from Tunisia in 1955.
When he was eleven, he started playing guitar. He learned about jazz from a high school’s friend’s record collection. In Israel he performed in clubs and at weddings and bar mitzvahs until he had enough money to move to the U.S. He arrived in New York City in 1985, spending time at Barry Harris’s Jazz Cultural Theater. He took lessons from Harris, then became a member of his band.
We played a spirited house concert together last year and it was just too good to not bear a repeat performance. We both love jazz and samba and all of the points in between. The duet setting contains large amounts of potential magic and is ideal for exploring a whole palette of moods and color. I can’t wait!
Roni and I are playing at Dizzy’s on Friday night and then again on Sunday up at the Newport Coast. The details are below and we hope to see you there!
Last evening Tripp and Fred came over and the three of us worked out the kinks for our musical program slated for Saturday night. Our group is called Blurring the Edges and the goal is to include all of the different musical styles that catch our attention and blur the lines that divide them. Fred’s early roots are The Beatles and from there he got heavy into classical and flamenco. Tripp and I are rock heads from the early days and then morphed over to jazz and samba. Together we add all of these sonic ingredients into a magic box and then push the BLUR button for the full effect. Ta dah! Blendo at it’s best!
Look below for the details of our Blurring the Edges concert on Saturday and we hope to see you there.
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|Greetings Good People!
Just a quick one letting you know that this Saturday evening we’re playing a house concert in Vista. It’ll be Leonard and I and we did the same gig last year. The setting is fantastic, outdoors, over looking a canyon, good people, good listeners, good vibe. Look below for details and directions and hope to see you there!
that’s it, adios, Peter
At this moment Ralph Alessi is weaving some rad, gentle melodic lines with Ravi Coltrane on Ralph’s tune Oxide. Oh my, what a sound!
Both Ralph and Ravi were students of mine back in the ’90’s when I was teaching at Cal Arts. The label of “students” for them is really absurd in that even back then they were tearing it up. Ralph plays trumpet and at Cal Arts he was doing graduate work playing electric bass. Ravi is John Coltrane’s son and he took the possibly frightening path of playing tenor sax right behind his dad. He’s pulled it off brilliantly with great playing and a beautiful human spirit.
The music is from Ralph’s Imaginary Friends recording and Oxide is a magic trance dance through mysto frontiers. I dig it!
Last week we flew to Planet Cole Porter and had a great time weaving trad with mod. The band was loose and precise!
Up for this week, on midday Wednesday we’re playing a free concert at the Encinitas Library. It’ll be Beth Ross Buckley playing flute along with Gunnar on bass and me on guitar. Trio time with a few new tunes in the mix. Hope to see you there!
I’m lucky to get to hang out at the Torrey Pines park on Saturday afternoon and serenade the trees with some guitar music. What a spot! I used to live closer to the park and did long distant runs through it —zipping along the trails, up high looking down to the glimmering pacific. Last year I played an event at the hidden rangers house up there and they’ve asked me back. This year’s event is open to the public! Look below for the details and it’d be great to have you there.
All right, over ’n out, gotta run, best, Peter