What does it sound like and where can I find Chamber Jazz?
What Is Chamber Jazz?
Chamber 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:
Childs was playing professionally as a teenager, and he made his recording debut in 1977 with the J. J. Johnson QuintetHe 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.
Three years ago, my journal reminded me this morning, Icelebrated 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.
The 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 Forwarddescribes 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.