This past week (Jan. 7-10), I was able to attend the Jazz Education Network Conference in New Orleans! And what a conference!
From the moment you walk in, you are deciding what clinic or concert do I go to? Tom Latenser and I took the Northwest Florida State College Jazz Ensemble to this event. The jazz ensemble played there the last time it was in New Orleans. This time we went to watch.
Here is a list of players we checked out: Dave Stryker, The Brubeck Brothers, Tia Fuller, Sean Jones, Chucho Valdes, Ricky Sebastian, Howard Levy, Victor Wooten, Matt Wilson, Rosana Eckert, Bria Skonberg, Terrell Stafford, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Johnny Vidacovich, Rick Margitza, Tom “Bones” Malone, Dave Liebman, Adam Nussbaum and Gene Perla.
Exhausted yet? Try being there!
Also, we got to see past Pensacola JazzFest artists Mike Pellera and Bob Sheppard. On a very cool note, we got to hear the great Navy Commodores with Pensacola native Steve Williams playing his next-to-last performance before his retirement.
This is a conference not to be missed if you can ever get to one. You will remember it always!
I’m a jazz fan! I love jazz! It’s the best music in the world! I can be part of this! I am part of it!
However … I’m not going to come to this event … because …
That’s not jazz! That’s just loud noise! If I do come … I’m leaving after the giveaways!
Friends, we put the events on for you. The musicians put the programs together for you. Maybe you are not fans of all of the selections. Maybe you just don’t know. Look, I get it, it’s not what they play in town at the other weekly events. We are not trying to be the usual weekly event. We are a monthly experience, trying to give you a different perspective of what jazz is about. Try it with an open mind and ear … find the music in it. It’s there … really.
Pensacola is a happening jazz town … .we can be part of it … really.
Jazz Pensacola and the Foo Foo Festival! Whew! What a weekend!
Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 2 & 3, Jazz Pensacola sponsored the Jazz Stage with International Paper at the Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival. Holly Shelton with Bob Andrews and John Link….Nobius…..Isabelle Schrack Band….and Rhythm Express. What a great alternative! And a huge shout out to John Link for providing sound.
But, wait! Monday night! At Vinyl on Nov. 4, we held our Foo Foo Festival event featuring Big Bad VooDoo Daddy and opening act Village Brass. We had a great turnout! The bands were on fire! People could not stand still! Village Brass got it started, and then BBVD took it home!
Thanks to Foo Foo Festival! Thank you Alice Crann Good….Ali Hayes Egan….Dustin Bonifay…Paul Bruno…Carolyn Tokson…Dave Schmidt…John Eisinger…Tom Bell…and comrade John Link. It worked because of this team. I thank you!
Ever had a moment when everything you did was wrong? The feeling you had as a 10-year-old when getting the word you were not 100 percent in the school spelling bee…the first time you fell off the bike, post training wheels…the time you opened your lunchbox and realized you got your brother’s or sister’s awful food…the moment you realized the teachers just forgot (not intentionally) your ribbon of achievement.
They say that you can’t please everybody. Correct.
The same goes for jazz.
Dixieland is not everyone’s cup of tea. Smooth jazz is not for everyone..bebop…not for everyone…Latin jazz…not for everyone….fusion…forget that one. Fusion often causes the comment: ”That’s not our kind of music, too loud, you can’t dance to it!”
Truth is, music is music. I tell students to hear and find the music in every style. Imagine being a 10-year-old going to a buffet for the first time. You see all of this food. You taste it. Some stuff you like, love, adore…can’t get enough of it. Other stuff? Well, you tasted it, and in the future you skip over it. But at least you know what it tastes like.
Music can be like that. Just eat off of the menu. Save room for desert!
So friends, we hope you have enjoyed the smorgasbord of “jazz” that Jazz Pensacola has offered!
Try not to fight it. Sometimes, the fight just ain’t there.
Grumpy The definition of grumpy is irritable or grouchy. An explanation of grumpy is a person who is always complaining and unhappy.
Charles Mingus Nearly as well known as his ambitious music was Mingus’ often fearsome temperament, which earned him the nickname “The Angry Man of Jazz.” His refusal to compromise his musical integrity led to many onstage eruptions, exhortations to musicians, and dismissals. Although respected for his musical talents, Mingus was sometimes feared for his occasionally violent onstage temper, which was at times directed at members of his band and other times aimed at the audience. He was physically large, prone to obesity (especially in his later years), and was by all accounts often intimidating and frightening when expressing anger or displeasure. When confronted with a nightclub audience talking and clinking ice in their glasses while he performed, Mingus stopped his band and loudly chastised the audience, stating: “Isaac Stern doesn’t have to put up with this crap.” Mingus reportedly destroyed a $20,000 bass in response to audience heckling at the Five Spot in New York City.
Most of us can (I hope for the sake of jazz) can agree….Mingus was one of a kind. Musical genius…. he deserved the respect at a performance.
At that level. Wow!
Which brings to me this news.
Our Jazz Jams and Jazz Gumbos should be treated as jazz concert performances. It not only shows respect to the musicians you have come out to support, but to the organization that we are trying to grow. Is it a social event? Sure. But it is still a performance. Please show respect. At the venues we hold our events, please show respect. Our Jazz Jams are held at a venue that normally is closed on Mondays. They open so we can have a venue in which to present our Jazz Jams. Tipping is a cool thing. The servers are there for you. Treat them with respect. Treat them as you would want to be treated.
Jazz Concert Etiquette If you are considering attending a jazz concert, keep in mind these basic rules: Even though the concert takes place in a social setting – bars, clubs, etc. – make an effort and restrain yourself from talking during performances. Turn off your phone, or at least put it on vibrate.
Let us continue to keep making forward steps. We need it now more than before.
Please, Give Peace A Chance Still Your President Fred Domulot Taye Drums Dream Cymbals Silverfox Drumsticks AFM Local 389