Dec 4 2009

Peabody Latin Jazz Concert


Jazz pianist, Peabody instructor, and Host of the Morning Jazz Show on WYRE, Tim Murphy, led the Latin Jazz Ensemble tonight in the East Hall at the Peabody.  We were surprised by the large crowd of fans.  Although the concert was shorter than we would have liked (45 minutes), the selections and performances were outstanding.  Roger tells me all of the tunes were standards:  “Seven Steps to Heaven,” “Silver Serenade,” Seguito’s Rumba,” “Daahoud,” “Never Let Me Go,” and “Mas Que Nada.”  I enjoyed the two vocalists, Amanda Bloom and Integriti Reeves.  Reeves had a beautiful voice that could have been Billie Holliday if we had heard it over the radio.  Of course, I don’t have anything brilliant and technical to say about the music, except that each solo was very accomplished.  Roger now wants Conga drums for Christmas.  That ought to go well with a puppy.  Imagine the beautiful music they will make together.  Maybe I need a cowbell.   120409Murphy

Nov 15 2009

Jazzway 6004


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We’ve had another adventure!  For Roger’s birthday, we went to Jazzway 6004 to hear local saxophonist Tim Green and his Quartet.  The tickets were reasonable:  $30 for adults, $15 for students.  We talked to some students/musicians from Peabody.  We met another from Towson.  Roger won the door prize–a poster of Thelonius Monk.  The home, owned by jazz enthusiasts Marianne Matheny-Katz and her husband Howard, is an amazing space that seats about 60 people.  After the concert, we ate home-made desserts.  We plan to go again very soon.  Check out their website:  Meanwhile, we’ll keep you posted after we attend the Latin Jazz Concert at Peabody on December 4.