|Greetings Friends, last night I took in an inspired concert in La Jolla sponsored by the Athenaeum Jazz folks featuring the SF Jazz Collective. What an incredible band of gifted players and composers! Their angle was original tunes and arrangements along with new versions of classic Joe Henderson music. That experience then led to…first thing this morning, me digging up one of my favorite Joe Henderson albums called Power to the People. Gorgeous tunes and a killer band featuring Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter and Jack DeJohnette. Today ended up being a marathon ‘Joe Henderson on the iTune loop day’ leading up to right now as they’re playing “Afro-Centric.” It’s sounding good just as it did many years back when I was listening to this music on scratchy vinyl. Check out the SF Jazz version of this tune. It too is pure magic!We had a great L.A. hit at the Blue Whale with Geoffrey Keezer and vocalist Gillian Margot. The music spun properly and even though the drive up and back was a mini headache, the music all but made up for it. The writer for Jazz Weekly was in the house and he dug the music and ended up writing a positive blip for it here. I know most of you missed it but the good news is we’re stirring up a similar vibe this week at Dizzy’s. Look below.
For this week we’re stoked to be celebrating the music of Stevie Wonder. Can you believe how many great songs he’s written? And his singing, heavens it’s funky and soulful! He’s one of my favorites and I’ve gathered a bunch of other jazz musos who think the same thing. The songs —”Sir Duke”, “Creepin’”, “Do I Do”, “That Girl”, “Living For the City”, “As”, the list of radiant sonic perfection goes on. We’ve got a set of Stevie tunes that I’ve put my jazz spin on and with yesterdays rehearsal in our back pocket, there’s a good chance that Dizzy’s could levitate off the foundation on Thursday night. The band is Geoffrey Keezer on piano (and Fender Rhodes), Gillian Margot and Leonard Patton on vocals, Justin Grinnell on bass, Duncan Moore on drums and me on guitar. Look below for the details and we hope to see you there!
On Friday night vocalist Leonard Patton and I are playing a sunset hit at Ki’s Restaurant in Cardiff. Killer view, the music will be sweet, and the food, delightful! Good combo and see you as the sun dips into the ocean.
I first met NYC vocalist Nhojj when he sat in with us at a concert in Fallbrook a few months back. He sounded beautiful and has a super mellow vibe as if he lived in, well, Cali maybe. Great combo of East Coast meets West Coast and we’re thrilled he’s back in town for a show this Sunday afternoon. We’re playing at Qualcomm’s Q Auditorium in San Diego, which I’m told is a beautiful sounding hall. The event is called Jazz Against Malaria 2015 and proceeds raised at the event will fund research for tropical diseases. The band is Nnojj on guitar and vocals, Mack Leighton on bass, N. Scott Robinson on percussion, and me on guitar. Look below for the details and it’d be great to have you in the loop.
That’s this weeks news and great to have you along.
all best, Peter