Ready For Chamber Jazz?

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

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

Mother's Day jazz Brunch

Mother’s Day Jazz Brunch

The Colorado Springs Philharmonic Guild says, “Don’t miss the most fabulous Mother’s Day Brunch in town!”

Avoid the crowds at the hotels, resorts and country clubs and plan to join your Philharmonic friends at our exclusive Mother’s Day event. Make your reservations early as this event does sell out. Enjoy a delicious buffet, the best view and ambiance in the region.

Enjoy live music by FluteDaddy  jazz trio playing the American songbook and mellow Brazilian jazz with some added classical selections.

Tickets and more at The Colorado Philharmonic Guild Website

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.

In The Culture Zone

Keith Simon and Joseph Liberti In The Culture Zone.

Jazz 93.5Keith Simon of KCME and 93.5 Jazz interviewed me for the Culture Zone program. I always enjoy visiting Keith and his Culture Zone interview provides some background and insights into The LifeJazz Show coming up next on May 6, 2018. The music audio for the interview is my new tune What To Do?Listen to the recorded Culture Zone interview below.

Branford Marsalis Lights Up The Ent Center

Branford Marsalis with his quartet lit up the ENT Center for the Arts last night with a brilliant performance to a sold out house.

Branford Marsalis QuartetLast night at The ENT center Branford Marsalis showed us why he is three-time Grammy Award® winner and has been cited as “arguably the most respected living U.S. jazz instrumentalist”. Each of the musicians showed their mastery in playing that was both technically  brilliant and creatively inspired. The  program included some challenging new avant-garde jazz that demonstrated how jazz is ever-changing, alive and exciting. Then with perfect timing the group included stellar performances of two familiar standards – Sunny Side Of The Street and St James Infirmary that brought the audience to its feet.

Going to a concert of this quality is beyond entertaining it is revitalizing. Engaging art is one of the ways that we renew ourselves, boost our creativity, and move ourselves to the “sunny side of the street.” Take the opportunity when you can.

The Ent Center For The Arts

The Ent Center for the Arts is a transformational performing and visual arts complex on the UCCS Campus. This 92,000 square-foot building features four performing arts venues and a visual arts gallery. We are so fortunate to have this outstanding facility in Colorado Springs. It is easily  accessible, has convenient free parking and most importantly is brining in world class talent. If you have not been there, do check it out! You can still get tickets for Catherine Russell for Thursday nite.

CATHERINE RUSSELLThursday 4-19.

Catherine Russell is that rarest of entities—a genuine jazz and blues singer—who can sing virtually anything. Her dusky, stalwart, and soulful voice radiates power as she launches fearlessly into each tune, getting inside the melody and capturing every emotion. With an off-the beaten-path song selection, sparkling acoustic swing, and a stunning vocal approach, Catherine Russell joins the ranks of the greatest interpreters and performers of American popular song.

ENT Center Tickets

Joseph Liberti

Downbeat May 6 – The Next New Sound 

Downbeat Joseph Liberti's musicThe downbeat for the next new sound of my music is May 6 at 2:30 PM.

That is the Sunday that the new FluteDaddy quartet will premiere my latest compositions at the venue at Library 21C 1175 Chapel Hills Dr. The music is unique and  engaging  and I am really excited to share the songs and the stories of their creation with you. Here’s why:

All of the pieces in the show on May 6 are inspired by nature, art and life and each has a wonderful story. Prarie Frost is a somewhat cinematic piece inspired by a hazy dawn rising over a prairie touched with a magical coating of frozen droplets. Spring Forward describes a tale of a courageous crocus and is presented in a polyrhythmic, latin theme.

And, I am especially excited to perform Wednesday Blue, a piece inspired by the art of the highly regarded artist Suz Stovall. I think the piece represents well the spontaneous and joyful visual feast of color that is her art. I will tell the unusual story of the music’s creation and Suz will be present to accept my dedication. There are more pieces and all as interesting.
Listen to sound samples here

The new instrumentation of FluteDaddy quartet features dynamic jazz and classical pianist Reggie Berg, a newcomer who has been impressing people around the Front Range with his playing lately. I have had the great pleasure of working with bassist Jason Crowe for years and he is not only one of the finest players but adds a genuine, warm presence.  Tyler Kennamer, our drummer, regularly performs with Jason and Reggie, really sets the groove, and all together the rhythm section really clicks.

 

Please, please come and join us for The LifeJazz Show on Sunday May 6 at 2:30 PM. It will be a memorable experience.

LifeJazzing

LifeJazzing – Creating New Enjoyment

LifeJazzing is being tuned in to life in a new way to accept miracles and opportunities and to respond to life creatively, improvising, playing from the heart and enjoying  life more.

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You have heard people say “let’s jazz it up”about many things including wardrobe, decor, publishing and more. They are talking about adding color, expression and zest. They are suggesting we be more creative, spontaneous or lively. LifeJazzing is my term for applying the metaphor of jazz to life. On the one had playing the right notes in the universal sonata and on the other improvising and creating.

This blog was formed by LifeJazzing after hackers destroyed my previous site and I chose to see this as an opportunity to share a joyfully optimistic  philosophy in a different way. This is the first post. In future posts i’ll publish bits of poetry, video, art and music along with stories of inspiring people. Please stay tuned for more.

Part of my “campaign” to inspire others is the new event The LifeJazz Show. Come join us for some entertainment and  inspiration.  I have been presenting themed concerts for years and for years before that got comfortable sharing stories with business audiences. This seems like the perfect next thing.

Bear with me as I slowly rebuild the website with new content. I will start sharing on this blog right away.  Your comments, contributions and suggestions are welcome at info@josephliberti.com

Joseph Liberti