Friday, Sep 20, 2019
 
search SGN
SERVING SEATTLE AND THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST FOR 37 YEARS!

click to visit advertiser's website


Javascript DHTML Drop Down Menu Powered by dhtml-menu-builder.com

Last Weeks Edition
   
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
 

 

 
 
click to go to advertisers website
 
Mercy enjoys Pearl Django at Jazz Alley
Arts & Entertainment
ALL STORIES
  next story
Mercy enjoys Pearl Django at Jazz Alley

by Mercy Moosemuzzle - SGN Contributing Writer

Pearl Django
Mercy and Cuteness ate up Pearl Django's performance at Jazz Alley last week. As Cuteness said, it is music that just makes her happy.

The band members - Michael Gray on violin, Neil Andersson and Ryan Hoffman on guitar, Rick Leppanen on bass, and David Lange on accordion - shone with their love for their music. Guest guitarist Larry Coryell, with his thick white hair, was also excellent. It was an evening of one musician after another setting the bar higher for quick exchanges of solo improvisation. At one point, David Lange just laughed because he knew he was beaten - but only for a moment.

Michael Gary's violin work was elegant. Larry Coryell's fingers on his guitar looked sure and strong. David Lange's accordion sang. Rick Leppanen's bass rocked. Neil Andersson's guitar was hot. Ryan Hoffman's guitar had luscious moments. The whole band was delightfully in synch, reflecting their 15 years playing together. Coryell joked that the reason the band is so good is because they live in Seattle, where it rains so much that there isn't much to do besides practice.

The band opened with a version of "Avalon" so upbeat Michael Gray joked afterward, "And now we are going to play something really fast." Mercy liked Coryell dedicating "Our Love is Here to Stay" to his wife, Tracy. The guitarist knocked the audience out with his "derangement" of Ravel's "Bolero" with a raga feeling, recognizing the Indian influences on the gypsy music of Django Rheinhart and Stephan Grapelli.

Other high points were "Besame Mucho," "Lady Be Good," "Minor Swing," and "Tune for Stephen and Django."

Jessica Williams
Mercy and her friend Assonance were thrilled by Jessica Williams' performance at the Triple Door last week. The concert was being recorded for a new album, so it included a lot of fresh material. There were points were the musician forgot a tune and acknowledged that the only solution was to start again. Assonance thought the fact that she was recording made Williams nervous, but that she forgot that at some points, and became more at ease.

The pianist started the evening saying, "I never know where it is going to go, so, blast off." Mercy loved where they ended up. The pianist's confident fingers took the audience through "I Love You Porgy" and "Dear John," which Williams dedicated to John Coltrane.

She introduced "Gail's Song" by saying it was a new song she just can't stop playing. Mercy could see why, with its soothing opening and exquisite increases of intensity before falling back to almost silence. She continued with the aptly titled "Enchanted Mood."

Mingus' "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat: Theme for Lester Young" was incredible. The tune Williams wrote for Dexter Gordon taking off on his "Foolish Things," called "Simple Things," was delightfully funky. She followed with another luscious original, "Mi Solamente."

"The Mingus Among Us" was a nice song by Williams dedicated to Mingus. Her "Tune for Rosa Parks" was fine and contemplative. "Wise One" took us on a journey. She closed her set with "I Cover the Waterfront," which she said was older than all the people in the room. Williams closed with something that old to balance off all the very new material.

The service, by the way, was flawless. As Assonance said, "Just the right amount of attention." The Triple Door seems to have overcome its difficulties in that area.

HD Met Broadcast of
Der Rosenkavalier

Mercy and the gang had fun working over the broadcast of Der Rosenkavalier. Loyalty pointed out that Susan Graham was too old to be the 16-year-old servant boyfriend, especially since she and Renée Fleming acknowledged in the onstage interview that they'd been singing together for 20 years. Cuteness thought Graham had rings under her eyes, but they all agreed the comfort the two women had together in bed was pleasing to watch. Cuteness pondered whether Strauss' attraction to cross-dressing women may have come from him being one of the girls himself. At the very least, Strauss clearly loved female voices.

The singing was magnificent. Christine Schäfer and Kristinn Sigmundsson completed the cast with big satisfying voices.

Camille Bloom
Mercy just heard that Camille Bloom's song "This World" has been chosen to be licensed to eight different shows on MTV, Oxygen Network, and E! Television. Bloom is one of the singers Mercy and Cuteness enjoyed a lot at the Laughing Ladies Café Women's Music Festival. Camille acknowledges that she doesn't even have a TV. This is a great opportunity for exposure.

Tower of Power
Mercy is very excited that Tower of Power is coming to Jazz Alley on January 28-31.

The show celebrates the release, after 40 years together, of a new album, The Great American Soulbook, which shows the band "Bump City-izing" many of their favorite soul songs, originally recorded by James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell. Melding jazz, funk, rock and soul in a way no group ever has, the 10-piece outfit is, according to the Hollywood Reporter, "tighter than a clenched fist."

The California Music Association gave Tower of Power a Lifetime Achievement Award and cited their 2003 Sony Legacy anthology Havin' Fun as soul/R&B album of the year.

You can get tickets at www.jazzalley.com.

Coming Up
The HD broadcast of Simon Boccanegra is coming up on February 6. It features Placido Domingo in the title role. You can get tickets at www.metopera.org/HDlive.

You can listen to local singers audition for the Met at Meany Hall, Sunday, February 7, at 2 p.m. You can get tickets at Ticketmaster, but Mercy guarantees you will be able to buy tickets at the door as long as you arrive by 1 p.m.

Tell a friend:

Share on Facebook  Share on Facebook

Post to MySpace!Share on MySpace!

    Share on Delicious

Share on StumbleUpon!

Elizabeth Stanley, Xanadu's muse, speaks with the SGN
------------------------------
Lily Armani gets unTucked at Neighbours
------------------------------
HOT TUESDAY NIGHTS:
Go-go and drag contests heat up the fun at R-Place

------------------------------
Sixth Bowiemas celebration a glam rock triumph
------------------------------
Dynamic Electra at Seattle Shakespeare
------------------------------
14/48 the riskiest theater in town
------------------------------
Mercy enjoys Pearl Django at Jazz Alley
------------------------------
Byzantine Christmas music haunting and austere
------------------------------

------------------------------
VIDEO MSNBC's Rachel Maddow - guests David Boies and Ted Olson as plaintiff's attorneys in Prop 8 trial
------------------------------
Five-star tours fuel anticipation in 2010
------------------------------
Preachy Book of Eli a disappointment
------------------------------
Cera channels Belmondo in Youth in Revolt
------------------------------
Talking with A Single Man's Nicholas Hoult
------------------------------
Native Hawaiian artists, Phoenix and Kathy Griffin kick off 2010
------------------------------
Q-Scopes by Jack Fertig
------------------------------

------------------------------
Phoenix, Ke$ha, Spoon, and Matthew Morrison
------------------------------
Northwest News
------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------
Deep Inside Hollywood - Romeo San Vicente
------------------------------

------------------------------
Book Marks
------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------
Bruckner performance shook the gates of Heaven
------------------------------
Outrageous and dark Hunter Gatherers
------------------------------
Tom Ford: A Single Man's other man
------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

click to visit advertiser's website

click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
Seattle Gay Blog post your own information on
the Seattle Gay Blog
 

 

gay news feeds gay news readers gay rss gay
http://sgn.org/rss.xml | what is RSS? | Add to Google use Google to set up your RSS feed
SGN Calendar For Mobile Phones http://sgn.org/rssCalendarMobile.xml
SGN Calendar http://sgn.org/rssCalendar.xml
copyright Seattle Gay News - DigitalTeamWorks 2009

USA Gay News American News American Gay News USA American Gay News United States American Lesbian News USA American Lesbian News United States USA News
Pacific Northwest News in Seattle News in Washington State News