August was a busy month of gigs… Walter White and Small Medium at Large with special guest Alexander Zonjic, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Flint Jazz Festival to name a few. I love the summer months!
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Prof. Jonathan Ovalle from the University of Michigan has put together a great concert for this Tuesday night. Hard hitting electric jazz for one set on the campus of UM featuring a great band of Detroit fusion players:
Jonathan Ovalle – Drums
Dale Grisa – keyoards/organ
Takashi Iio – bass
Kris Kurzawa – guitar
Bobby Streng – saxophones
September 3, 2013 – 8pm
UM School of Music
1100 Baits Dr.
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Foreign Corespondent – Yellowjackets
The Spin – Yellow Jackets
Jazz Crimes – Joshua Redman
Liquid Streets – Roy Hargrove
Chromazome – Mike Stern
Good Evening Mr. and Mrs. America – John Guerin
Access Denied – Dave Weckl
Just had the privilege of playing bari sax for two great Motown acts: Martha Reeves and the Vandellas AND the Four Tops. This outdoor concert was right across the Detroit River in Windsor – The Carousel of Nations Concert.
Both have a great book for bari that treat the horn the way it was intended: low, loud, and often! Martha Reeves had a five horn section. It was a blast sitting in with my friends from the Motor City Horns for this set. They’re amazing players. The Tops boasted a 10 piece horn section, five saxes and five brass. What a sound!
Here is a clip of the fantastic Aurea Silva Trio performing my piece “Break Down”
Click here for details of the House Big Band’s 2012 debut
Click here for details of the Bobby Streng Saxomble 2007 debut
Karen Newman’s Holiday tour kicks off this week.
1800 west maple rd
Birmingham, mi 48009
I am always amazed by the wealth of talent around the world. This was made clear again this past week as I traveled to San Luis Potosi, Mexico to play with their fine orchestra. I joined the Sax 4th Avenue Saxophone Quartet (headed up by my friend Shannon Ford) and guest conductor Lloyd Butler in a fabulous piece “New Moon” by Tonu Korvitz. Also featured on the work was a local mezzo-soprano Beatrice (last name???). She was fabulous! Great pitch, phrasing, and personality.
It was an American saxophone quartet joining a Mexican orchestra playing a piece by an Estonian composer using Celtic themes led by a British born conductor. A worldly event indeed!
Liquid Street returns to Ann Arbor on 11/2 for two sets at the Canterbury House.
8-11p, $5, all ages, doors at 7:30
This coming Monday 9/24 7p-11p, My Trio will be opening a new series at Wurst in Ypsilanti. (http://wurstbarypsi.com/). The chefs there have created a full nights menu based on our 1970′s jazz inspired set. This will be a great night of food and music. No cover, all ages, and their normal menu will also be available. Come check it out!
DINNER MUSIC MONDAY MENU
1970’s NYC & FUNK JAZZ
served with Ribolla Wine or (Saison)
Vichyssoise Vegetable Vichyssoise
Leek, Potato, Onion, Cream
Crispy Kale Waldorf Salad Crispy Kale Waldorf Salad
Kale, Apple, Celery, Cherry, Walnut, Cucumber, Palm Sugar, Lime, Miso
3rd course served with (kolsch)
Crab Knisch Vegetarian Knisch
Potato, Paprika, Chives, Creme Friache, Garlic
Manhattan Inspired Cherrystone Manhattan Chowder Style
Clam & Bacon Strozzapreti Pasta Primavera Sauce & Strozzapreti
Heirloom Tomato, Bay Leaf, Thyme, Oregano, Garlic, Carrot, Parsley, Tamarind
5th course served with (tripel)
Roasted Quail & Roasted Parmesan Polenta & Senate Bean Salad Senate Bean Salad
Michigan Navy Beans, Onion, Parsley
Fox’s U-Bet Chocolate Syrup, Seltzer, Milk