by Mercy Moosemuzzle -
SGN A&E Writer
Reality joined Mercy for Pearl Django at Jazz Alley, May 29, because Cuteness was with Equality. Reality pointed out that the group's fan base was clearly there, and how good the service was. Mercy liked the evening of upbeat Gypsy jazz, celebrating Pearl Django's new CD, Eleven. She was also struck with the fact that the band members are such talented composers.
David Lange's accordion was phenomenal. Michael Gray's violin was fantastic. Troy Chapman's lead guitar was hot. Rick Leppanen's bass was funky.
They opened with 'Smile' by Charlie Chaplin, which happens to have been Michael Jackson's favorite song. It featured accordion, violin, and guitar. Reality whispered, 'The violin and accordion have clearly been playing together a long time, they play off each other so well. They have fun and make it fun for the rest of us.'
'Swing 48,' a Django Reinhardt tune, followed, with solos by Chapman, Gray, Lange, and Leppanen. 'Eleventh Hour' was written by Rick and featured him, David, and Michael. Reality said, 'Excellent.'
Chapman wrote 'Endless Fields of Green,' featuring guitar, violin, and accordion. Ryan Hoffman, who played rhythm guitar, wrote 'Prozac Waltz' with Lange. It had solos by Lange, Gray, and Chapman.
'Avalon' featured Troy, David, and Michael. Chapman wrote 'Bella Deluxe,' which had guitar, violin, and accordion solos. 'Django's Castle' featured Chapman, Gray, and Lange, and was a ballad and a change of pace. 'Jeanine' had solos by Michael and David.
Chapman wrote 'Sonara,' which featured guitar, violin, and accordion. 'System D Swing' was written by Leppanen and included solos by Chapman, Gray, and Lange. 'Under Paris Skies' featured violin and accordion.
Leppanen also wrote 'Rhumbatism' from the new CD. It, too, had solos by Chapman, Gray, and Lange. There were loud shouts of 'Encore.' The band responded with Cole Porter's 'Begin the Beguine,' featuring Troy, Michael, and David.
Storm vs. Shock
Mercy and Cuteness went to see the Seattle Storm play the Tulsa Shock at Key Arena, June 1. Going into the game, Seattle was 0-3 on the season while Tulsa was 0-4. The first quarter was close: Storm 17, Shock 14. At halftime, Seattle was ahead 36-35. In the third quarter, the Storm increased their lead to 57-46. They kept it in the fourth, winning the game 76-58. Mercy was happy we broke our losing streak and that the win made Brian Agler the winningest coach in WNBA history with 212 career victories.
Cuteness said, 'I thought Sue Bird was on fire. Tina Thompson was having foul problems. Ann Wauters was off. She only made 2 points. Last game, she made 17. She didn't get that much playing time. Tulsa was playing pretty rough. The Storm lost to the Shock in a pre-season game. The Storm did a better job of not having a lot of turnovers. Sue Bird, Katie Smith, Tanisha Wright, and Camille Little played a lot of the game. They are more used to playing together. Ann Wauters and Shekinna Stricklen traded off being the fifth player. There was a big difference in the results. Stricklen had 6 points. I liked how she played. She was aggressive - had some great defensive plays. Sue Bird was the MVP of the game, however, with 27 points.'
Karen Bryant, the Storm CEO, was inducted into the Snohomish County Sports Hall of Fame. The Shock coach, Gary Kloppenburg, is a former Storm assistant coach.
Mercy is looking forward to seeing Bill Frisell at Jazz Alley. Band members are Tony Scherr (bass), Greg Leisz (steel guitar) and Kenny Wollesen (drums). The band will be there June 14-17. They are touring in support of his new CD, All We Are Saying&, a collection of songs by John Lennon.
Frisell is a Bainbridge Island jazz guitarist, composer, and arranger, with an international reputation. He plays a variety of music including country, classical, and progressive folk.
You can get tickets at www.jazzalley.com.
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