Drum Roll, Please: I get it, do you?

Jazz Pensacola President Fred Domulot

I get it …

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.

I get it … do you?

Fred Domulot
AFM 389
“Give Peace A Chance”

CD Review: ‘Tenormore,’ Scott Robinson

SCOTT ROBINSON; TENORMORE
Arbors Records

Some reviews almost write themselves; this is a prime example. Scott Robinson has produced a CD about his longtime love affair with his 1924 Conn tenor saxophone. Excellent liner notes by longtime jazz author and critic, Doug Ramsey, also make this CD special for me.

Robinson assembled an excellent small group which included Helen Sung on piano and Hammond B3; Dennis Mackrel on drums; and Martin Wind on string bass. Scott’s wife, Sharon, appears as special guest for one number on flute. About half the numbers are originals by Robinson with a lovely original, Rainy River, by bassist Martin Wind.

Sanford Josephson, in his excellent book about Gerry Mulligan, tells the story about Mulligan’s papers and his baritone saxophone being deposited posthumously at the Library of Congress. Robinson was selected to play one number on Mulligan’s baritone saxophone at that ceremony. Scott brought his own mouthpiece and reed to use when he played Mulligan’s horn. In the transfer from rehearsal space to stage, an L of C assistant helped to transport the horn and set up on stage. Much to Scott’s anxiety and disappointment, Mulligan’s mouthpiece and 25-year-old cracked reed was on the horn; and, there was no time for Scott to rescue his own mouthpiece set-up. But, trooper that he is, Scott got through the piece satisfactorily!

Tunes that most readers will recognize are Lennon and McCartney’s And I Love Her; The Good Life; and Hoagy Carmichael’s The Nearness of You. Bassist Martin Wind’s Rainy River has a lovely melody and the tenor sax and Wind’s bass blend marvelously. Scott’s original The Weaver is an excellent showpiece for a duet with wife Sharon’s flute.

This CD should be especially appealing to reed players but also to the casual fan who likes good music.

Thanks to all who helped make this CD possible, including Rachel Domber of Arbors Records. Scott gives special acknowledgment in the liner notes about her encouragement of the project.

This CD will be available for check-out by patrons in the Jazz Room of West Florida Public Library, downtown Pensacola.

Note: The hat worn by Robinson on the cover of “Tenormore” was created by him from some of the many reeds with which he’s performed over the years.

Drum Roll, Please: Hello, 2019

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

Jazz Pensacola president Fred Domulot

Drum Roll, Please: November Foo Foo show not to be missed

Annie Sellick and Chris Walters

It was a few years back …

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!!!!

Peace

Fred Domulot
“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.

CD Review: ‘Standard Deviations 1 & 2,’ Tobin Mueller

Standard Deviations, Volumes 1 and 2
By Tobin Mueller
Album available CD Baby, Amazon, iTunes

Interestingly, I had reviewed a previous two-CD set, “Afterwords,” exactly one year previously. On receiving this one, my expectations were pleasantly fulfilled. But, first some words about this unusual multi-talented man. In addition to being a pianist/composer/vocalist, he’s a playwright and sometime actor.

The current two-CD set features Tobin on piano, keyboard or organ. Some of the selections have an added instrumentalist such as saxophonist or guitarist. Then Mueller might add vibraphone, drums and/or bass. All selections on this album will be familiar to most jazz listeners. To name a few: God Bless the Child, St. Louis Blues, Take the “A” Train; Autumn Leaves, Stardust, My Funny Valentine and Georgia On My Mind.

All are performed tastefully and in Mueller’s unique style. Hence, his appropriate title of “Standard Deviations.”

So, this is a recommended album for those willing to listen to standard jazz tunes presented in a tasteful yet different style.

See www.tobinmueller.com to get more details on this album and other interesting projects of Mr. Mueller. One can purchase from the usual mail order sources as well as directly from this website.

Jazz is alive, bigger and better than ever, in Pensacola

Jazz Pensacola president Fred Domulot

After a summer break, we are back in full swing!

Jazz is alive!

Jazz Pensacola is up and running strong!

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!

Jazz is still alive in Pensacola!

Peace.