Monday, November 23, 2015

Nov. 22 Session Summary

Our pre-Thanksgiving session had a smaller turn out, but did not disappoint! The Basin Street Regular Jammers set the stage, led by our venerable Jazzmaster, Del Gomes. We introduced a new tune, Jeepers, Creepers. It went surprisingly well, even with me on vocals (lol). Sandy Smallwood represented on Blue Moon, Goody Goody (her signature tune), & Georgia (audio clip below). George Smith and Richelle Cross-Smith closed the last set w/ a stirring rendition of "Old Man River." We need more like this...onto the featured acts...

Ulysses Jasz Band from Santa Barbara showed us the style that makes them popular at The James Joyce. A very upbeat traditional jasz group, they played many popular favorites to the delight of our audience. Rhonda Cardinal provided a nice video on their story (see below link). And yes, we did have a participatory parasol parade! (even w/o Linda Shorb, who is on vacation). We can dance if we want to...surpassing the parasol parade critical mass. Thanks to all of our paraders...we needed every one you!

The Cool Notes from nearby Cuesta College really wowed the crowd, a surprisingly effective intermission band. Great energy, great music. They chose their set with us in mind. Personally, they made me proud of our mission in helping kids pursue jazz. They were stoked to get some of our spare music books. Local sensation Talia Ortega, their senior member at 21, said it best: "We love and live jazz, thank you so much for having us." Many of the regulars expressed bringing these kids back. :)

Below are some highlights from the show: (1) audio link to Georgia; (2) Ulysses Jasz story; (3) Cool Notes 3-minute video: Don't Get Around Much Anymore; & (4) random fotos & captions. Next show = 12/13. Mark ur calendars. Royal Garden Swing Orchestra & Pacific Swing! Bring ur dancing shoes...

Ullyses Jasz
Cool Notes
Random Fotos & Picture Captions:
Got my axe, got my jazz hat!
Ulysses in the house!
The line up...
Once again, we got first place in the Clam Festival Parade. Special parade kudos go out to The Creole Syncopators,  Hugh Robinson, Rhonda Cardinal, & your truly. I wanna be like Hugh when I grow up. God Bless.
 Next show. C u there.

Monday, November 9, 2015

November 22 Jazz Session

Basin Street Regulars Sunday Afternoon Session Presents Ulysses Jasz from Santa Barbara

November 22nd 1:00 pm to 4:30. Jam session starts at 11:00 am

ULYSSES JASZ is the Basin Street Regulars featured band on November 22, at the Pismo Vet’ Hall. Ulysses plays spirited New Orleans Jazz and pop songs from the 1920's and 1930's that are largely selected from the compositions of Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Jelly Roll Morton, Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin, Johnny Mercer, Kurt Weill, and Hoagy Carmichael. 

ULYSSES plays this material with an infectious rhythm and spirit, characteristic of the Golden Age Jazz.  Traditional Jazz lovers love this unique Santa Barbara band.

The band consists of seven instrumentalists, a vocalist, and their own sound-man. CURT SLETTEN plays lead cornet and reminds audiences of the big bands like those of Glenn Miller, and Harry James with whom he has played. LARRY JONES is well known in jazz circles as one of the best trombonists around. BOB EFFORD on clarinet and tenor saxophone plays his clarinet weaving in and out with incisive counterpoint harmonies. DEAN DODS is on string and tuba bass.  Swinging keyboardist JOHN LEONARD has carefully acquired early styles such as Harlem Stride, and a vast repertoire of ragtime and popular pieces.  HANNA, is their jazz vocalist.  She has developed her own dynamic style from Bourbon Street to Broadway with a fresh approach.

This month’s intermission band is the Cool Notes who started as part of the award-winning Cuesta Community College Combo Programlike many popular groups in the area. They are a very adaptive group of jazz musicians and with musical stylings ranging from Jazz to Blues. The Basin Street Regulars regularly supports groups like the Cool Notes, who all grew up in the area.
Cool Notes features Flutist/Vocalist Talia Phillips. Duncan Green plays Tenor Sax, Matthew J. Evans on Upright Bass/Vocals, Madison Scott on Keyboard/Vocals. The drummer, Tom Brown, was sponsored by the BSR at the 2015 Cuesta College Jazz workshop.
Check out the Cool Notes from 2-3 pm and discover a very sophisticated, toe-tapping, brand of jazz that will leave you wondering, "How old are these kids?"

Pismo Veterans' Memorial Building, 780 Bello St. Pismo Beach CA 93449.

$10 or $5 for members.
Sandy Smallwood 773-3750 

2015 Jubilee By The Sea - Audio/Video Playlist

Below is a YouTube (unlisted) playlist link to some tunes I recorded at the Sea Crest Banquet Room (Jubilee by the Sea Crest, lol). So this is the first place to hear these tunes. Email me w/ comments. Next time we will try to record better, but it still sounds surprisingly good. Enjoy!