Monday, February 21, 2011

The Monday Late Afternoon/Early Evening Paradiddle

It's been a long couple of days of rehearsing with the Decidedly Jazz Danceworks dance company but still time for a brief post today (if not a little late!) Here's a few random things on my mind:

-I've been listening to a lot of Dave Holland's recent quintet, octet and big band music lately, and of course in addition to being a real lesson in composing and playing over odd meters, it's also always an opportunity to appreciate the fine playing of vibraphonist Steve Nelson. Here is a nice interview with Nelson from an article at

It's a great interview, but I had to chuckle when I read about his account of playing in George Shearing's band along with the Canadian Jazz musicians "Neil Swenson" and "Red Schwager" : )

Just a random thought...I'd love to hear Dave Holland record a trio date with Steve Nelson on vibes with Dafnis Prieto on drums.
An interesting combination to ponder!

-Speaking of Dave Holland, here's more inspiring footage of Al Foster with Joe Henderson's trio:

-Take the time to check out Billy Martin's masterclass/woodshed article in the latest issue of Downbeat magazine. He's a great musician but also very articulate as well and I find his overall philosophy and words of wisdom regarding music to be inspiring and motivating.

-And another interesting interview with Kendrick Scott thanks to the kind people over at Vater drumsticks:

-Check out this smoking footage of Eddie Palmieri via Conor Guilfoyle:

-I have an exciting weekend of gigs coming up with Vancouver saxophonist/pianist Ross Taggart:

JAZZ IS Society of Alberta Presents:

Ross Taggart - Vancouver Saxophonist & Pianist

Live @ The Beatniq Jazz & Social Club
811 - 1st SW Calgary, Alberta

Friday, February 25 - Saturday, February 26



Ross Taggart - Tenor Saxophone/Piano
Allistair Elliott - Trumpet
Keith Smith - Guitar
Rubim De Toledo - Bass
Jon McCaslin - Drums

See you there !

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