Thursday, December 15, 2011

Christmas Piano at the Museum for Lunch Today, Weekend Jazz at Piccolo and Fishizzle's

I know, I know. After months of drawing attention to lots of art music in and around Auburn-Opelika, I'm reduced to blogging only for my events and even that sporadically. The problem is that I decided to get more sleep. I'm clearer headed, and it's made me a better parent. Well, better parent may be a stretch. We'll see in a decade or so about that. I can say for certain that I yell less. The boys may be yelling more, though, and hitting. Maybe I should go back to getting less sleep.

But I'll steal a few minutes from the morning routine to mention some things coming up. At noon today (Thursday, Dec. 15), Mary Slaton will play solo piano at the museum for the final performance of the 2011 fall series. This is a lunch-music lite performance, as she'll be doing mostly Christmas music. I say lite, but she's one of those serious musicians who knows a few hundred songs and can fake it through a few hundred more. She'll be in the rotunda near the café. So come eat Ursula's delicious lunch fare and hear Mary play the museum's lovely 1972 Steinway baby grand donated by Thomas and Ruth Wright.

I am working on pulling together a schedule for spring. Stay tuned to the series's schedule page for updates, and email me at if you want me to send you email notifications about the series.

Huge thanks go out to Mr. and Mrs. Wick Watkins for sponsoring today's event as well as the December 1 performance by local pianist Nicole Agostino, which was great. We started soliciting sponsorships in the fall that increase the musicians' honorariums, allow for more promotion of the series, and let us bring in an occasional big name. I repeatedly hear our sponsors express gratification for being able to participate in this way.

In fact, you should consider sponsoring a performance or making a gift to support the series. Art music in general doesn't need you to do this. It will happen no matter what. It will come out from under rocks--somewhere. But by sponsoring it, you help to ensure that it will happen here. If we can support our local art musicians, they are less likely to go away. And if we support our local art musicians, others will come. This is a good thing. Contact Brett Evans, the museum's director of development, at for more.

In other news, Thursday night jazz at Piccolo is off for Christmas break. I'll let you know here or at least on Twitter (@luncharm) when I find out when the Jane Drake Trio will start back up.

This Friday (12/16) and Saturday (12/17), though, there will, in fact, be jazz at Piccolo, 8-11 both nights. Friday will be Atlanta saxophonist Kenyon Carter with Montgomery pianist Coleman Woodson, III, and John David on...I actually don't know. Coley plays a mean left-hand bass, so David may be a drummer.* I've said good things about Piccolo before. Saturday (12/17), I'll be playing there with local heavies Sidney Simmons on bass and Jonathan Lynn on piano.

Sidney will join me again on Sunday (12/18) with drummer Hunter Jackson at Fishizzle's Fish and Skrimps, 826 Opelika Rd. This is an open jazz jam from 7:30 to 10:30 PM. Come out and play, if you play, and definitely listen and eat. Fishizzle's is a new place with good food, a bar and pool tables and an owner, Louis Williams, who loves and supports jazz.

Ok, I need to get to the museum for Mary's thing. See you there!

*Yes. He's the best drummer Tim Chambliss knows according to Tim. That's saying a lot.