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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

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

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.

 

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

You Must Believe In Spring

You Must Believe In Spring is a beautiful ballad with music by Michel Legrand lyrics by Marilyn and Alan Bergman.

The music is gorgeous and lush and the lyrics are poetry that will penetrate your heart.  Listen to Barbara Streisand’s wonderful recording below. FluteDaddy will play an arrangement of this tune in concert May 6.

Michel Legrand is a French musical composer, arranger, conductor, and jazz pianist. Legrand is a prolific composer, having written over 200 film and television scores, in addition to many memorable songs. He is best known for his often haunting, jazz-tinged film scores. (Wikipedia)

Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman, born November 10, 1929 are American lyricists and songwriters. The pair have been married since 1958 and have written the music and lyrics for numerous celebrated television shows, films, and stage musicals. The Bergmans have won three Academy Awards for Best Original Song and have been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.(Wikipedia)

What To Do?

Here’s a full-length sample of my new tune What To Do?

To create the sample I used digital instruments to play the score as a backing track and recorded myself playing along on flute. When we perform the song with the FluteDaddy quartet you will also hear additional improvised solos on piano and bass.

What To Do? is  is a happy, bouncy tune that will premiere at our LifeJazz concert May 6 and I’ll share the story of its origin at the concert, but there was an interesting effect of writing the song that I’ll share here.

I was looking for solutions to problems when I wrote this piece. When I completed it I was flooded with creativity, new solutions and renewed confidence. Over the years I have noticed this effect before, in me and in my clients. When we take up any creative activity we tap in to our deeper self and become more resourceful and resilient. The next time you a feel stuck, do something creative. Paint, dance, take photos or something else you love. It doesn’t matter how good you are at it or that you have not done it in a long time. Just engaging the activity will access more of your authentic self and will free some new energy. Try it. Need ideas? This article about drawing might help.

Come join us for The LifeJazz Show on May 6th for music and story that will please your ears and lift your spirits.

Tickets are here:

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.