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What is Chamber Jazz?

What does it sound like and where can I find Chamber Jazz?

What Is Chamber Jazz?

FluteDaddy and The Chamber Jazz CollectiveChamber music is written for, and performed by, small classical or jazz ensembles. and typically features improvised solos. Many of these groups play a style that is a fusion of both jazz and classical elements. Some groups include string instruments.

What does Chamber Jazz Sound Like? (Music video below)

In my experience the sound of chamber jazz is sometimes classical sometimes jazzy and sometimes a fusion go both styles. The music varies greatly from album to album as different composers and musicians express their creativity. The sounds are sometimes familiar and sometimes avant gardé and experimental.

The music program that we will perform at Jazz In The Chamber, includes a number of original tunes with a familiar jazz feel and some that are cinematic and expressive. 

Is Chamber Jazz Is Hard To Find?

A bit of searching and listening is required to find some chamber jazz. Much of the new jazz music being written and recorded sounds like chamber jazz but is not necessarily called that on the album. I’ll share some of my music discoveries with you in this and coming newsletters. 

Here’s some interesting chamber jazz found on You Tube:

Jazz In Moving Pictures Vol. 2. Billy Childs Ensemble

Childs was playing professionally as a teenager, and he made his recording debut in 1977 with the J. J. Johnson Quintet  He gained significant attention during 1978–84) playing with trumpeter Freddie Hubbard’s group. While influenced early on in his playing by Herbie Hancock, Keith Emerson, and Chick Corea and in his composing by Paul Hindemith, Maurice Ravel, and Igor Stravinsky, Childs nevertheless had an original conception of his own from near the start, developing his own voice as both a pianist and a composer in jazz and classical music genres. Read more at Wikipedia.

Be well and happy

Joseph

Samba Of The Trees – A Bossa Nova Turned Anthem

Samba Of The Trees, a composition inspired by trees was chosen by North End Woodlands.

 The North End Woodlands project, formed in November 2016, has created a collaborative plan to reforest the avenues of the North End of Colorado Springs and will use Samba of The Trees as a website anthem. Tree planting is beginning and you may donate all or part of a tree through their website.
About Samba Of The Trees: A stand of cottonwood trees in Garden of the Gods park has been a refuge for me. I lay against mighty trunks, watch the golden light shimmer through the beautiful leaves and feel the peace and grace of ancient wisdom. One morning the melody and rhythm of Samba of The Trees came to me and I wrote the piece in its entirety when I got back to my studio.  The following is a score recording of the piece. While the digitally sampled audio is pretty realistic but live performance with improvised solos is quite lovely.

FluteDaddy Jazz At Motif

FluteDaddy Jazz At Motif – August 3, 2018

FluteDaddy is honored to take the stage at Motif Jazz Cafe, Colorado Springs #1 Jazz Club 8 PM Friday 8/31. FluteDaddy quartet will be premiering five of Joseph’s new compositions and playing some fresh takes on jazz standards and Brazilian jazz tunes. Joseph Liberti flutes, Adam Ohlson keys, Marc Neihof bass and Tyler Kennamer drums. Join us for for some”FluteDaddy jazz – original, beautiful and hip.”

FluteDaddy at Motif Jazz Cafe

Ladder To The Moon Revisited

Revisiting Ladder To the Moon

Ladder To The Moon

A story of the narrated 2015 concert

Three years ago, my journal reminded me this morning, I  celebrated a wonderful musical success. Ladder To The Moon, a narrated concert of music inspired by the life and art of Georgia OKeeffe, created by me, was performed at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. A group of amazing musicians and I played my compositions and arrangements, to a sold out room for a standing ovation. 

I overcame many challenges to accomplish this including my ignorance, inexperience and fear,  and a nearly disabling letter from a hater. Days before the concert I received a letter from a local jazz musician who, after reading the ads for the event, wrote to tell me:  you are not any good, you will never be any good, you are making the good musicians in town look bad, and you should just quit. 

I will never forget this event and will always be grateful to Alan Joseph, Marc Neihof, Dave Hanson and Stefan Flores who performed brilliantly both individually and collectively. This was an audacious undertaking for me and I am grateful I escaped with my life. 

Today my music is so much more advanced and I am delighted to say I will be performing my new compositions with other orchestras this year. And, I am so ready to tackle another project like Ladder To The Moon. Ok Universe, send it my way. Thank you mom and dad for teaching me to never give up. 

Joseph

Choros And Jazz Masters

Choros And Jazz Masters

This jazz master practiced using choros?

My journal just popped up a reminder that four years ago today I played a great gig with Marc Neihof, Alan Joseph, Dave Hanson and Stefan Flores at the Pueblo Zoo. How fortunate I have been to play with such master musicians. I remember Marc had been playing a lot of choros in his personal practice. When he played a stunning solo on this zoo gig, Alan and I looked at each other with wide eyes and Alan said “It must be the choros.”

I’ll be fortunate to be playing with Marc and Trip Zeigler at The Pikes Peak Art & Music Festival in America The Beautiful Park Sunday July 1 at Noon. Say hi if you are there.

Vince Mendoza, Composer
Vince Mendoza

Choro (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈʃoɾu], “cry” or “lament”), also popularly called chorinho (“little cry” or “little lament”), is an instrumental Brazilian popular music genre which originated in 19th century Rio de Janeiro. Despite its name, the music often has a fast and happy rhythm. Source: Wikipedia

Recently I listened to a modern choro composition by one of my new heroes, composer Vince Mendoza with the WDR big band on the album Homecoming. I did find a Vince Mendoza with the Metropole Orchestra video on youtube for you. Here it is:

You Must Believe In Spring – Live

You Must Believe In Spring Live at 21C by FluteDaddy Quartet.

You Must Believe In Spring is a beautiful ballad composed by Michel Legrand. In May 2018 FluteDaddy Quartet featuring Joseph Liberti on alto flute, Reggie berg piano, Jason Crowe bass and Tyler Kennamer drums performed a special arrangement of You Must Believe In Spring for an audience at 21C and it was recorded live.

The arrangement begins with a piano solo introduction by Reggie followed by a piano/flute duet played rubato style and then an out-chorus improvised solo on alto flute by Joseph as the full quartet plays. If you like beautiful music you will enjoy this.

 

FluteDaddy Music

FluteDaddy Music

FluteDaddy at 21 C featured Reggie Berg on piano and Joseph Liberti on flute.s
Reggie Berg and Joseph Liberti

A link to FluteDaddy Music has been added to the menu. FluteDaddy provides beautiful hip music for special events and was founded by me in 2009.

New FluteDaddy music samples have recently been added:

The new music samples are of Joseph Liberti with the FluteDaddy quartet and recorded in a live LifeJazz performance at 21C:
1. A cool jazz rendition of Dave Brubeck’s In Your Own Sweet Way.
2. A medium uptempo samba of Antonio Carlos Jobim’s Chega De Saudade.
3. A special ballad version of Michel Legrand’s You Must Believe In Spring.
You Must Believe In Spring features a gorgeous 2 minute piano solo intro followed by a piano and alto flute duet and then a final improv out chorus with the whole band. It is a little long but beautiful and the audience loved it. Here it is:

A Satisfying Show!

The LifeJazz event at 21C on Sunday May 6 was a satisfying show thanks to a wonderful audience and great support from fans old and new!

Joseph Liberti flutist and composer
Joseph Liberti

We began the show with several jazz standards beginning with a fast samba version of  Jobim’s Chega De Saudade,now called “No More Blues:after americanized jazz lyrics were written by jazz singer and famous scat man Jon Hendricks. The FluteDaddy  group lightly swung Dave Brubeck’s In Your Own Sweet Way and the audience really dug Jason Crowes’ bass solo.  After I read aloud the wonderful lyrics from Marilyn and Alan Bergman, Reggie Berg played a captivating two minute preface to Michel Legrand’s ballad You Must Believe In Spring and I followed with an alto flute solo. Folks loved it.

Jason Crow bassist
Jason Crowe

Thanks again to for the warm reception for my new compositions inspired by nature, art and life. You said you especially enjoyed the jazz waltz Isn’t This The Day and the hard swinging close of Gotta Go Go Go. It was also my great pleasure to premiere Wednesday Blue, the piece inspired by the art of  Suz Stovall who shed some beautiful tears and rewarded me with a wonderful hug.

Reggie Berg and Joseph Liberti at the LifeJazz Show
Reggie Berg and Joseph Liberti

Thanks again for being a wonderful audience!! Music has opened to me as never before and as I compose my new music I look forward and can say enthusiastically that my next concert, and the ones after that will each be the best of my life.

I have included some photos of the band provided by photographer and friend John Harder.  With a little luck I will be able to share some of the recordings with you too. If you missed this concert, please stayed tuned for the announcement of our Fall show, planned for September.

 

Be well and happy,

Joseph Liberti

Live Recording The LifeJazz Show

We will be doing a live recording of The the LifeJazz Show during our Program May 6.

Live Recording The LifeJazz ShowLive recording is always tricky but we are going to go for it during our LifeJazz Show on Sunday May 6. We have some great new tunes, some great players including the exciting Reggie Berg on piano, and some great sound engineers, so with a little luck we will get some recordings to share. All we need is you, the live audience to make it really special. Come join us, enjoy some engaging music and story and boost your spirits.

Sunday May 6, 2:30 PM
The Venue at Library 21C
1175 Chapel Hills Dr

Advance $11, Door $15.

LifeJazz Is sponsored by The Art of Jazz, a non-profit arts advocacy.

Coltrane, Brubeck, Legrand and Who?

“Coltrane, Brubeck, Legrand and who else’s songs did you say you will be performing Sunday?,” was the question.

I happened to meet a woman in a doctor’s office who had attended our February LifeJazz Show. “We are coming to your next show and bringing some friends,” she said, “will you be playing the same music?” “No, I replied,” we have a new music.” I was thrilled she was returning and we talked about the program.

Dave Brubeck on Wikipedia
Dave Brubeck

We will be playing pieces by Dave Brubeck, John Coltrane, Michel Legrand and a bunch of new pieces by me, Joseph Liberti.

I feel a little crazy when I think about adding my name to that list of composers. I would never pretend to own their competence. But, I am very grateful and very willing to share the music that is in my soul through my newest compositions.

The FluteDaddy Quartet with Reggie Berg piano, Jason Crowe Bass, Tyler Kennamer drums and yours truly playing flutes will premiere some new pieces inspired by art, nature and life. There’s an interesting variety of swing, jazz waltz, swing-hop, bossa nova and even a latin piece in 5/4  with a tip of the hat to Dave Brubeck. One piece will be dedicated to the artist whose work inspired it and she will be present.

Please do join us for The LifeJazz Show, an entertaining and inspiring Sunday afternoon concert on May 6 at 2:30 PM.

Joseph Liberti