Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Sundilla Acoustic Concert Series presents Darryl Purpose in Concert 5/2/2014 (Press Release)

I'm posting this straight from the performer's news release. Sundilla will have an earlier concert this Friday (3/28) by Gretchen Peters. I posted about it here. This series is one of our community's treasures. I think it's still largely unknown around here. Any ideas why?


"Darryl Purpose ends a seven year silence with a stunning ten-song comeback" -A.W., Maverick Magazine

Friday, May 2nd at 7:30pm / 450 Thatch Ave., Auburn, AL 36830 (Auburn Unitarian Universalist Fellowship)

Tickets $12. Limited number of $10 Advance tickets available at Spicer's Music and Mama Mocha's Coffee
Sundilla: 334-741-7169 / www.sundillamusic.com


Listen to Tracks from the new CD "Next Time Around" 

When Darryl Purpose was 16 years old, his mother put a book called Beat the Dealer in his Christmas stocking leading to a celebrated career as a professional card player.

After years of playing in casino’s across the country, Darryl switched gears, took time to walk across the country for peace and, in 1996, he began to tour nationally as a solo singer-songwriter. Eight years, six CD’s and a thousand-plus shows later, in 2005, he inexplicably set down his guitar, taking a much needed sabbatical in the rocky mountains.

Now, after years away from the music scene, Darryl Purpose is back! With a new energy and a new flair for connecting with audiences. In 2012, Darryl recorded his first CD of original material in 10 years - “Next Time Around”, produced by Billy Crockett for the Blue Rock Artists label. Called “a masterpiece” and “Purpose’s best effort yet” by Dj’s [sic].

Live performance is his strength as he connects his audience to his songs with a storyteller’s heart. And, oh, by the way, in 2009, Darryl was inducted into the Blackjack Hall of Fame, one of only 17 members.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Sax Quartets, Jazz at the Musuem (Expires 4/3/2014)

Below is from an e-mail update I sent out tonight. To get on my e-mail list and avoid missing an update in case I forget to post it here, click this link and fill out the form.

Saxophone Quartets Performing for Lunch Music 3/20

Thursday (3/20) three sax quartets from the AU sax studio will perform a free concert at noon for A Little Lunch Music. There's an interesting (*I* think) post about that on the museum's blog at this link: Auburn Students Bring Saxophone Quartet Music to A Little Lunch Music. For those interested in saxophones, ragtime, Gershwin, 20th-century music and a little percussion, you should come out. For others, consider that last sentence to be your "Abandon hope, all ye who enter here" sign. The café will be open from 11-2.

Next Thursday, 3/27, Duo Amico will perform. Read their impressive bios on the schedule page for A Little Lunch Music.

Fine Tuning Weekly Jazz at Museum

As I mentioned last week, the weekly jazz continues at the museum. This (3/20) being the third Thursday, jazz will be in the lobby from 6-7, with the Third Thursday Poetry Series (JCSM Welcomes Poetry Series) meeting from 7-8. And integrating new programming into an established system can cause some blips. One of which is that both jazz and café will be unavailable after hours on March 27 due to a long-standing private reservation of the space.

So the upcoming after-hours jazz at the museum is...
  • Dan Mackowski (guitar) and Sam Altonji (bass) on 3/20. Some press reports included me, but I have an conflicting gig that day.
  • Closed on 3/27
  • Dan, Jason DeBlanc (bass) and myself starting April 3, and that should be the personnel throughout April


 That's All I Have

There's more going on, but I can't get to it right now. My Event Sources page will help you find it.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Gretchen Peters Plays Sundilla Series 3/28/2014

"Hello Cruel World" by Gretchen Peters from recent CD release of same name. Video is from Gretchen Peters' YouTube channel. Click here for more about the CD on her website.
Below is a partial post by Bailey Jones who runs the Sundilla Acoustic Concert Series. Click the link at the bottom for the full article on Sundilla's website.


The insert-your-favorite-adjective-for-“GREAT” Gretchen Peters will make her Sundilla debut on Friday, March 28, in what is sure to be an evening of music that will never be forgotten. Showtime at the [Auburn Unitarian Universalist Fellowship] is 7:30; admission at the door will be $15, but a limited number of $12 advance tickets will be available at Spicer’s Music, Mama Mocha’s Coffee, and online at www.sundillamusic.com.
We’ll have free coffee, tea, water and food, though as always attendees are welcome to bring whatever food or beverage they prefer.

Gretchen Peters
The Associated Press says “This is not jukebox music – the stuff that exists to fill in the pauses in conversation. This IS the conversation.” Since arriving in Nashville in the late-80s, Gretchen Peters has become one of the most successful, and revered, songwriters in music...
[click here for full article]

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Classical Soprano, Guitar, Jazz and Blues in Coming Days (expires 3/13/2014)

Below is an update of an e-mail I sent out Monday. If you want to get those e-mails, you can sign up using the form at right or by clicking here.

AHS Grad, now Professional Soprano Kathleen Buccleugh Performs Thursday

Kathleen Farrar Bucccleugh
Not too long ago, Kathleen Buccleugh (ancient Scottish spelling of "Buckley") was a student at Auburn High. Thursday, the prodigal singer returns with a couple of music degrees and a lot of opera, recital, sacred, and new-music experience under her belt. AU piano faculty Laurelie Gheesling will join her for A Little Lunch Music at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, and AU student and special guest Hunter Hayes will share a Mozart piano sonata. Here's a post I did for the museum's blog: A Little Lunch Music: Can Journalism for Truckers Inform Opera Singing.

Classical Guitarist Francois Fowler Plays Goodwin

Classical guitarist and composer Francois Fowler will perform Thursday night (3/6) at 7:30 PM. His bio boasts performances throughout North America, national and international awards, and faculty credit at Youngstown State University in Ohio. Here's a link to my post with video of him playing one of his own compositions.

AU Spring Break Lunch Music Added - Marc Karam Returns 3/13

We will do a concert during AU's Spring Break for A Little Lunch Music, and the Museum Café will be open. Performing on that date (3/13) will be vocalist and pianist Marc Karam. The weather forced a change in his February concert from 2/13 to 2/14, and we heard about several who, having not heard of the date change, came to a closed museum! So we're bringing him back. Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art website is here.

Classical Guitar, Jazz, Blues in the Coming Days

Weekly jazz continues at the museum from 4:45 to 6:00 PM. I'll be there March 6 with guitarist Dan Mackowski and bassist Jason DeBlanc. Previous blog post about this new endeavor here. At 5:00, the film Aquí y Allá (Here and There) begins in the museum's auditorium, so you'll have to choose. See the trailer and read the synopsis at the museum's film page. I think the scheduling overlaps will improve as time goes on.

Atlanta blues singer Francine Reed will perform for the Columbus Jazz Society's quarterly concert on March 11 at 7:00 PM EST. A good way to get a taste of her amazing voice through the years is through YouTube search results. She toured with Lyle Lovett back in the day, and has a long list of great jazz artists she has performed with. The CJS website has all the info.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Guitarist, Composer Francois Fowler to Play Goodwin Hall Thursday, 3/6/14

Francois Fowler performing his composition, Meditiation. Video is from GuitarDana's YouTube channel.
Guitarist Francois Fowler is completing a short concert tour of colleges and universities in Alabama, Georgia, Ohio, and South Carolina. He will play Goodwin Hall (map) on Thursday, March 6, 2014, at 7:30 PM. The recital will feature bluegrass music, Spanish music, music by J.S. Bach, and three of Fowler’s own compositions including his latest, Wavelength Sonata. Click here for the event page with full program info.

From his bio...

Guitarist Francois Fowler has given recitals in the United States, Canada and Mexico...is the recipient of national and international prizes...A faculty member at the Dana School of Music (Youngstown State University, Ohio)...For more information please visit www.francoisfowler.com.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Museum Now Hosting Weekly Jazz Every Thursday Evening

Last year, the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art changed its hours to include being open late every Thursday night. It added Thursday-night programming like films and lectures and opened the café serving drinks and appetizers.

Starting last week, it started hosting jazz every Thursday for the after-hours patrons. The music starts at 4:45 and continues until the film or lecture for that night begins, usually 6:00. Charlotte Hendrix did a post about this on the museum's blog here: Bring your friends (and the weekend) a little closer

[UPDATE 3/12/2014: Start time for jazz is now 6:00. End time will usually be 8:00 except on the third Thursday when there's an open poetry group, the Third Thursday Poetry Series that meets in the café at 7:00.]

[UPDATE 3/20/2014: Unfortunately there will be no jazz or café after hours on March 27, 2014 due to a private event. This will not affect normal 10-5 museum operations and programs.]

Guitarist Dan Mackowski, bassist Jason DeBlanc and myself will be the regular trio for the event, though that will morph from time to time.

For instance this Thursday (2/27), I will be playing at the Saugahatchee Country Club with the Mary Slaton Trio for the Lee County Literacy Coalition's event (details at this Auburn-Opelika Tourism calendar page). But Dan and Jason will play duo jazz at the museum.

Dan plays jazz standards like no one else in town. He approaches them with a finger-picking style, using lots of open strings, creating an ambient sound that fills up the reverberant museum halls. It reminds me of the way Bill Frisell plays.

Above is embedded a track of Dan playing his original piece, "Before the Fall." It's more of an ambient improvisation, and not exactly the kind of thing he plays when he's doing jazz. But you'll get the idea of his style.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Gospel Jazz at the Museum Tomorrow (2/20), Langston Hughes Jazz-Poetry Event Tonight and Tomorrow (2/19-20)

The David Banks Gospel Jazz Ensemble returns to A Little Lunch Music tomorrow. There should soon be a post from me on the museum's blog with a little more info. If it doesn't turn up, the free concert will be noon to 1:00 PM in the auditorium at the Jule Collins Museum of Fine Art.

There's some video of David's group in a previous post of mine, where I talked about his weekly Jazz-Up Weekend e-mail list that you should subscribe to.

I just returned from rehearsing with them in Columbus. Aside from the easy-going jazz-Gospel arrangements and a David Banks original, come enjoy the violin solos of Janie Weise and the versatility of trumpeter Michael Johnson. Johnson also plays a mean keytar solo, and will trade scat lines with vocalist Rusty Taylor! David's wife Barbara Banks will also be in the group sharing lead vocals with Rusty. It will be fun.

Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Ron McCurdy in Auburn for Black History Month

Tonight I will actually be going to something as an audience member, which is very rare for me. It's strange that it's rare, especially as much as I seem to profess arts advocacy, but there it is. I'll be at the Foy Union Auditorium to hear actor Malcolm-Jamal Warner read the poetry of Langston Hughes for Hughes's Ask Your Mama: Twelve Moods for Jazz. It will feature the Ron McCurdy Quartet.

I would have worked harder to publicize this earlier if when I called the other day, they hadn't told me there were only four tickets left out of 400ish. More about what you'll be missing on McCurdy's website FBS MAL and at this Wire Eagle news story:

Malcolm-Jamal Warner and Ron McCurdy Quartet to perform Langston Hughes’ ‘Ask Your Mama: Twelve Moods for Jazz’ at Auburn University

Maybe I'll review it.

[UPDATE (2/19/2014): I should have publicized this better, as there were hundreds of seats available at the performance. Next time, I won't trust that everyone will claim their reserved tickets to a free show. The good news is that from the stage, Dr. McCurdy announced that the group will repeat the performance in Tuskegee tomorrow night, 2/20. I am looking for details, but can't find them.]