2018 … so long. 2019 … hello. Favorite quotes … Jazz is great, jazz is good. Music and people make the world go ’round. If you have to ask what jazz is, you’ll never know. Is music good for your health? Is music food for the soul? Jazz is a conversation, a give and take. Boxing is like jazz. The better it is, the less people appreciate it. Jazz is not dead, it just smells funny. The spirit of jazz is the spirit of openness. Jazz is rhythm and meaning. Jazz can be a blank canvas full of possibilities. A jazz musician is a juggler who uses harmonies instead of oranges. Jazz is a beautiful woman whose older brother is a policeman. Jazz is something you have to feel, something you have to live. Jazz is the sound of surprise. Jazz stands for freedom. Jazz music doesn’t have an expiration date. Jazz is one of the best things that you can find in life, it can always be your friend. Without jazz, life would be a mistake. Happy New Year!!!! Peace
The Guffman Trio was playing around town and the regional area quite often.
We were even threatening to record a long awaited CD … I did say threatening. My wife, and one of my favorite all time musicians, Cynthia, found a very cool version of the Lambert, Hendricks and Ross tune Cloudburst, written by Jimmy Harris and Leroy Kirkland. I remember saying, “Who is this?” She replied, “Annie Sellick.” Wow!
We became fans! It became a much requested tune in our set list. We went to the JEN Conference later and got to hear Annie live! It was awesome…It was amazing!
After I got involved with Jazz Pensacola and was asked to be part of the planning of booking acts, Annie Sellick was first on my list. The Gulf Coast was lucky to have her at the festival a couple of years ago, now we are lucky to have her at our November Foo Foo Festival concert, 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12 at Phineas Phogg’s, Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St.
Not only are we lucky to have Annie, we also get Chris Walters on piano and their Big Time Band!!!! Chris also is the music director/pianist for JD Souther. He is also a member of Jeff Coffins Mu’tet. Chris is the real deal.
This is definitely a show that should not be missed.
Wake up Pensacola!!!! Jazz is in your house!!!!
“Give Peace A Chance”
GET YOUR TICKETS NOW! All tickets are $25. Cash, credit cards and checks are accepted. Purchase tickets at the door, at Schmidt’s Music, 105 N. Palafox St., or by calling Jazz Pensacola at (850) 433-8382.
The summer had an awesome lineup at the Jazz Gumbos.
Jazz at its best! We had good turnouts at the monthly Jazz Jams, too.
September we will have Daniel Rivera doing his best Jack Kerouac, as he reads “On The Road,” backed by The Dharma Beats: Cynthia Domulot on keys, Tom Latenser on bass and yours truly on drums.
The October Jazz Gumbo will feature the great Joe Occhipinti and his Big Band playing all of the big band classics, just like you want!
November … Foo Foo Festival! We will have our concert featuring world class vocalist Annie Sellick! Joining Annie will be New Orleans born pianist Chris Walters. This one you do not want to miss! World class!
May is considered the last month of spring, but folks, it’s hot out there! This month you can cool off at the May Jazz Gumbo.
The Music of Grant Green!
Clint Hall will be playing the music of Grant with an awesome band. Featuring Clint on guitar, the great Steve Gilmore on bass, Chris Gardner on keys and Charles Pagano on drums. Guaranteed to be an awesome show, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Monday, May 21, at Phineas Phogg’s, Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St.
May is also the birth month of many jazz greats.
Shirley Horn, James Newton
Richard “Groove” Holmes, Eddie Louis
John Lewis, Jymie Merritt
Ron Carter, Maynard Ferguson
David Friessen, Till Bronner
Arthur Blythe, Teresa Brewer
Michael Formanek, Vic Berton
Keith Jarrett, Red Nichols
Tania Marie, Dennis Chambers
Mel Lewis, Ahmed Abdullah
King Oliver, Carla Bley
Gerald Wiggins, Gary Peacock
Krause Doldinger, Marshall Royal
Gil Evans, Red Garland
Sidney Bechet, Jay Beckenstein
Joe Gordon, Jimmy O’Bryant
Woody Herman, Betty Carter, Billy Cobham
Jackie McKean, Dewey Redman
Big Joe Turner
Cecil McBee, Tom Scott, Sonny Fortune
Victor Lewis, Louis Smith
Fats Waller, Bill Holman
Archie Shepp, Charles Earland
Miles Davis, Lew Tabackin
Ramsey Lewis, Dee Dee Bridgewater
Sean Jones, Kenny Washington
Benny Goodman, Dave McKenna
Christian McBride, Red Holloway
Imagine an all-star band from the month of May!
I remember an older jazz musician friend of mine … great pianist named Nick Janus.
He would always have something cool to say about everything!!!
“First Of May, first of May … outside music starts today!”
Editor’s Note: Bob Dorough, the jazz musician who helped create the children’s educational program “Schoolhouse Rock” and was its primary composer and musical director, died April 23 at age 94.
Jazz month … we lose a great one.
Bob Dorough. I was very lucky to have played music with this great one.
I met Bob through my other great and no longer here friend, Eric Doney. I was playing the Cotafest with Eric up in the Delaware Gap in the late 90’s. It was and still is a great festival! I heard that voice. Memories of “Schoolhouse Rock” played in my head immediately! But there was so much more. The Eric Doney Trio … Eric, Will Lee and myself were playing at the Deerhead Inn and Bob sat in with Will and I. We played his version of Moon River, still my favorite version. He tore it up! My smile lasted for days!
A few years later, friend and great bassist Steve Gilmore asked me to play with Bob at the Gulf Coast Jazz Society Jazz Festival in Panama City. It was an awesome two days!
I was able to bring Bob to Florida a couple of times to play. A few years ago, when Picasso’s Jazz Club was up and running, Bob came down to play there as a VIP artist jazz series. I was able to bring him to the Montesorri School of Pensacola for a concert for the students. I remember seeing the parents bringing “Schoolhouse Rock” books, CDs and shirts to have Bob sign!
He loved it! In April of 2016, jazz month, Bob came to perform during a spring break concert at Rosemary Beach. It was a chilly night, small crowd, but huge Bob Dorough fans! I heard people saying, “I can’t believe he’s here!”
We did another concert the next night at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College. It was another great one.