Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Lots of Jazz at Auburn Hotel and Conference Center, Museum Percussion, Opera Simulcasts and More (retitled)

Some of Auburn's best jazzers will be performing this week, namely The Jane Drake Trio and the Tim Chambliss Jazz Trio. Jane is at Piccolo on Thursday night (4/21). She sings, and her regular sidemen are bassist Sidney Simmons and pianist Jonathan Lynn, both AU students. I'm pretty sure that's 8-11. They'll be there on Thursdays through May 5. Here's Jane's website where you can hear some of her stuff.

Drummer Tim Chambliss's group will be playing Sunday (4/24) at Ariccia's Easter Day Brunch, seatings at 10:30, 12:30 and 2:30. I'll update this with sidemen if I can find out. Details about these performances are harder to come by than you might think. I do know that the Easter Bunny will be making a special appearance, but I'm not sure whether he plays. Piccolo has a strict policy against people sitting in on the gigs, but I don't know if that carries over to the brunch at Ariccia. UPDATE (4/20/11) [Guitarist Patrick Bruce will be on the gig.]

On Wednesday (4/20), the AU Jazz Ensemble will do their final concert for the spring (AU event page). It's new director, Russell Haight, is a great saxophonist whom I really want to hear play more. He's part of the school's latest effort to rebuild the jazz program there.

UPDATE 4/20/11 [Jazz guitarist Patrick Bruce will perform during Aprilfest this Friday (4/11) (4/22) at the Auburn Hotel and Conference Center, 5:30 - 8:00 PM. It's a beer and appetizer thing with lots of breweries attending. The event's Facebook page has the most information it seems, but here's another page at craftbeer.com, and here's the Auburn-Opelika Tourism page about it.]

Video of La-Roy Bodiford playing with the Troy University jazz band. He will be in a trio at Piccolo Saturday night, April 22, from 8-11.
Also coming to Piccolo will be Atlanta-area saxophonist Akeem Marable on Friday night (4/22), 8-11, and Troy University's La'Roy Bodiford, sax, on Saturday (4/23), 8-11. You should see a video at right of Bodiford, and Marable has some sound clips on his website. Again, I'll update here if I can find out who's playing with these guys.

This Thursday (4/21), 12-1, is of course lunch music at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art. We'll have a troupe of AU percussion students doing a program of marimba music and also a multi-percussion piece that will include piano and flute. More about this performance on my lunch music schedule page. And here's the museum's site for more about their fine art exhibitions and the café's delicious menu.

Then at 5:00 PM at the very same museum, AU music faculty will provide music to accompany the Prints by Edvard Munch exhibit. I don't know the first thing about the program, but this could be the most interesting performance of the week. The Munch prints on display are powerful, horrible, sensual and weird. UPDATE 4/20/11 [Ok, I know more now. It's worth a separate post.]

Friday night in Columbus, Daniel Arocho and Brandyn Taylor, a couple of friends at CSU will be doing a dual saxophone recital. I know these guys from the Wildacres saxophone retreat, and they sound great. Here's the info from the Facebook event page: Daniel and Brandyn will be joined by pianists Yien Wang and Yoo-Jung Kim. The program features: Muczynski Sonata, Françaix Cinq Danses Exotiques, Jolivet Fantaisie-Impromptu, Hindemith Konzertstück, Benson Aeolian Song, and Milhaud Scaramouche. The performance starts at 7:00 PM Eastern time and will be in the cool Studio Theater at the River Center.

The Wynnsong-16 in Auburn is showing a series called "Opera Live in Cinema" that simulcasts live opera and ballet from legendary venues throughout the world. This is kind of a big deal and on a big screen, too. The next showing is Rossini's The Barber of Seville from the Teatro Regio di Parma. It's at 1:00 PM live next Tuesday (4/26), and there's an encore showing at 7:30 PM on May 4. There are other performances, and I'll post them once I have confirmation. There's not really a reliable calendar of these events online.

And go ahead and calendar it for May 2 when I'll be playing the jazz at Hamilton's on Magnolia with guitarist Elwood Madeo from Columbus. Gig is 6:30 - 9:00 PM. I also play with The Woodfield Trio on May 12 5 at the museum and very possibly on May 5 12 at least with recorder player Mary Olson, and probably others. We're working on the details.

There's more going on, I'm sure, and I missed some stuff last week. Keep an eye on the Columbus Jazz Society page, the AU music calendar and also Offbeat Auburn's calendar, which is really starting to keep track of a ton of music and other kinds of events. Let me know if you hear of anything awesome.

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