Wednesday, February 10, 2016

"The Lonesome Road" live @ BLU Jazz +

My solo from a favorite spiritual, "The Lonesome Road" at last night's Mardi Gras bash.

"Four" at BLU Jazz +

A nice fan caught my solo from Miles's "Four" last night at BLU Jazz + and sent it to me:

Mardi Gras Photos from BLU Jazz +

A big easy THANK YOU to all the great folks who came out in lake effect snow to make BLU the hottest spot north of New Orleans on Mardi Gras! What an audience...dancing tangos to Sidney Bechet's 'Petite Fleur', roaring for two new songs I wrote for the occasion ("BLU Mardi Gras" and "East Market Street Parade"); they even got a second line going through the club at one point! All in all a special night for this club's first Mardi Gras bash!

Eric Seddon at BLU Jazz + (Mardi Gras 2016)

George Foley (piano), Eric Seddon (clarinet), Bill Fuller (drums) at BLU Jazz +, Mardi Gras 2016

Eric Seddon, Bill Fuller (drums), Gene Epstein (bass), Bob McGuire (guitar) at BLU Jazz +, Mardi Gras 2016

Saturday, February 6, 2016

New Tunes for Mardi Gras

Readers of The Jazz Clarinet will already know that my Hot Club is playing the first Mardi Gras bash at DownBeat listed nightclub BLU Jazz + in Akron this Tuesday at 8pm. Our mission as a band has been to deliver top level performances of New Orleans style jazz, encompassing the entire history of the genre, from the earliest spirituals and songs through the various popular revivals, right up to the present day. I'm fortunate to have several songwriters in the band, and we'll be bringing you some of the best new material out there in our upcoming gigs, beginning this Tuesday, when we'll debut two new numbers: "BLU Mardi Gras (Blue Mardis Gras)" and "East Market Street Parade."

Get your beads ready, folks--hope to see you there!

Benny Goodman's Vandoren

A few weeks back, I posted a picture of what was almost certainly the reed used for Artie Shaw's famous 'Stardust' solo, while commenting how rare it is for reeds to survive long after they are used.

Well, yesterday evening I had another rare opportunity to see, of all things, one of Benny Goodman's reeds: one which is part of Cleveland clarinetist, saxophonist, and jazz historian John Richmond's private collection. The reed in question was part of a commemorative booklet put together for friends of Goodman after his death--the reed, attached to a gold string, serving as a type of bookmark.

The tip is quite damaged, but the Vandoren print on the back is as clear as ever. Many thanks to John Richmond for permission to publish pictures of this rarity.

Benny Goodman's Vandoren (John Richmond Collection)

Benny Goodman's Vandoren (John Richmond Collection)


Monday, February 1, 2016

Eric Seddon's Hot Club * Mardi Gras 2016 * BLU Jazz +

Eric Seddon * clarinet
Jim Davis * cornet
George Foley * piano
Bob 'Mad Dog' McGuire * banjo + guitar
Gene Epstein * upright bass
Bill Fuller * drums