Saturday, April 14, 2012

Jazz Combos: Director's Notes
La Musique Diabolique: Dan Fair, Kris Lang, Steven Workman and Drew McGowan.

There are 4 bands playing for the Jazz Combos concert, which has been moved to The Depot in order to have a more relaxed, intimate, club-like atmosphere.

The four groups are:

La Musique Diabolique is a gypsy jazz (or jazz manouche) group, the style first popularized by the Roma guitarist Django Reinhardt in the Quintet of the Hot Club of France. For the concert, they will be playing a couple of traditional tunes, Django Reinhardt's "Tears" and "Si Tu Savais", a song popularized by Reinhardt, as well as two more contemporary tunes that they've adapted for their style, Chick Corea's "Spain" and, from the "Star Wars" soundtrack "Cantina Band" by John Williams.

The Flying Purple Potato Eaters plays post-bop with an emphasis on original compositions. Their program will include "The Heroic Adventures of Five Noble Musicians" by Mike Cimino, "Flumberty Floo" by Aber Miller and "Blues For You" by Ari Davie.

Rampangaea plays jazz with a strong dose of funk. Their set will include "Big Fish" by Jesca Hoop, "Jungle Strut" by Gene Ammons, Bobby Hebb's "Sunny" and "Chameleon" by Herbie Hancock.

The Heptet is the biggest and most eclectic group. Their set will include"Mutual Disagreement", an original by trumpeter Justin Bertolini and "Feeling Good", a show tune written by Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse and famously covered by Nina Simone.

Dan Aldag

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