Friday, April 30, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Luke Winslow-King and The Loose Marbles
Midnight, Friday April 23rd, 2010
Tickets $15, Available At The Door
Hailing from Cadilac Michigan, Luke Winslow-King is a singer, songsmith, and composer inspired by New Orleans jazz, rock, ragtime, impressionism, delta and country blues, poetry, folk, and classical music.
Beginning his studies at Interlochen Arts Academy, King studied music theory and composition at the University of New Orleans where he was awarded an ambassador scholarship to study Czech classical music at St. Charles University in Prague.
Back on the streets of the Crescent City he learned gospel and jazz standards accompanying John Boutte, picked up bottleneck guitar from blues maestro Roberto Luti, and memorized an entire repertoire of traditional jazz tunes playing with The Loose Marbles Jazz Band and the legendary Lisa Driscoll. In New York City, King studies composition privately and recorded with Grammy nominated avant-garde composer "Blue" Gene Tyranny, attended Jack Hardy's legendary songwriter's circle, performed in John Sinclair's Blues Scholars, and studied poetry with his writing partner Ji Un Choi who holds degrees in poetry from the University of Virginia and New York University.
King and fellow Earthwork Music founders Seth Bernard and Daniel Kahn Presented 'From California to the New York Island' the songs and stories of Woody Guthrie by taking it artistically and literally around the country in the fall of '03. Since then, King has recorded and collaborated on various albums for Earthwork Music and Tapes Records.
King has composed original theatre scores for productions of Henry James's "Turn of the Screw" in New Orleans with Cartoon network artist, filmmaker, and composer Cosmo Segurson, as well as a production of Georg Buchner's "Wozzeck" in Central Park, NYC. He has written original film scores for a feature-length script, "The Shotgun Waltz" and short films, "Pigeon" and "Wanted in Rome," which he also co-stars in as an actor.
To date, Luke Winslow-King is living in New Orleans. He has recorded two full length albums and is beginning work on his third.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
from The New Yorker
The Loose Marbles is a sort of Amalgamated Jazz Corporation that creates subsidiaries around the city, to maximize tips and minimize boredom. The fifteen musicians play clarinet, trumpet, banjo, washboard, accordion, trombone, guitars, sousaphone, standup bass, and guitars, but you’re likely to see only seven or eight performers at any given gig. And since you rarely see the same configuration of instruments twice in a row, you rarely hear the same kind of jazz. If Patrick McPeck is there with the accordion, you’ll hear the Marbles’ repertoire of spooky, minor-keyed, Gypsy-influenced songs. If Alynda Segarra is there, with her banjo or washboard, and Jason Jurzek is on string bass instead of tuba, they’ll be playing songs that sound as if they were first performed in a hobo jungle during the Hoover Administration. In Washington Square, in New York, they split into two groups, one anchored by the tuba and the other anchored by the bass, and they play on opposite sides of the park. Halfway through the day, they’ll mix up the configurations to give both the musicians and the crowd a change of pace. At the end of the day, they pool all the tips and divide them equally...
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Depending on your preference, New Orleans can be laid back or rough and tumble. I’ve experienced both ends of the spectrum on my brief sojourn in the Crescent City. Most of yesterday was spent tracking down recommendations from friends that have previously navigated the Magazine Street and the Garden district, providing ample distraction from the seemingly never ending alcohol free-flowing party the city offers in the tourist areas. I had another distraction that no amount of Cafe Du Monde Beignets could relieve. I had a ticket to see Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy and the Cairo Gang at the New Orleans landmark Preservation Hall...
Monday, April 5, 2010
by Nate Dow
for the Boston Herald
There’s more than an all-star cast of singers fronting the legendary New Orleans band here, among them Dr. John, Tom Waits, Steve Earle, Brandi Carlisle, Merle Haggard, Angelique Kidjo and Pete Seeger. Bandleader Ben Jaffe, the son of the Preservation Hall founders, even resurrected New Orleans’ most famous son, Louis Armstrong, culling his voice from a 1960s recording of “Rockin’ Chair” for this remarkable CD, which benefits the Hall and its outreach program. Recording the artists with the band in its historic home in the French Quarter, each of the 19 songs (or 26 if you spend a few more bucks for a deluxe version) has a classic New Orleans tone even though the singers come from an array of genres. You’d never guess, for instance, that bluegrass king Del McCoury would sound so natural covering a Preservation Hall classic such as “After You’ve Gone.”
Preservation Hall Jazz Band:
Chiseling the Blues
by Mark Silver
for NPR Music
In the bitter old blues song "Some Cold Rainy Day," the dumpee declares to the dumper: You will come back someday — when it's cold and rainy and you're old and sick and your stomach "hangs like an empty sack." Bertha "Chippie" Hill made the tune a hit in the 1920s, but now it's been reinvented as a 2010 stunner by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, with vocals by folk-rock singer Cory Chisel.
Chisel's rendition is featured on a new recording with a very long name that explains its purpose, Preservation: An Album to Benefit Preservation Hall and the Preservation Hall Music Outreach Program. Many singers, young and old, perform with the famed New Orleans musicians. It's a gimmick, but the gimmick works.
The instrumentation here is traditional New Orleans jazz, cooked to perfection. In "Some Cold Rainy Day," a bluesy piano creates a gripping slow-drag framework. A tambourine rustles like a vengeful rattlesnake while a deep-throated tuba toots the pain of a busted heart. Now and then, a muted trumpet playfully improvises, as if it were the mocking voice of that runaway lover: "Betcha miss me!"
Set against this classic Crescent City accompaniment, Chisel's sweet, beat-up voice sounds achingly contemporary and more soulful than ever. Living up to his last name, he etches a portrait of a man who's fed up with the woman who walked out on him — while still holding out hope that she'll come crawling back someday.
Friday, April 2, 2010
Please join Tom Sancton and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band on Monday, April 19 at 8:00pm at Tulane's Dixon Hall for a unique, multi-media performance featuring live readings by Sancton, historic video and photography and live musical interludes. The event is FREE and open to the public!