Archive for July, 2010

Mood Indigo

Saturday, July 31st, 2010

Title: Mood Indigo
Location: Daily Review
Description: Joe Romano & Susan Elliott
Daily Review
3412 West Lamar Street
Houston, TX 77019-1999
(713) 520-9217
Start Time: 1700
Date: 2010-07-25
End Time: 2030

Mood Indigo

Saturday, July 31st, 2010

Title: Mood Indigo
Location: Daily Review
Description: Joe Romano & Susan Elliott
Daily Review
3412 West Lamar Street
Houston, TX 77019-1999
(713) 520-9217
Start Time: 1700
Date: 2010-07-18
End Time: 2030

Gene Amante Duo

Saturday, July 31st, 2010

Title: Gene Amante Duo
Location: Georgia\’s Farm to Market\”
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Description: Sunday with Gene Amante & Dave Barry. \”Georgia\’s Farm Market\” 12171 Katy Fwy
Houston, TX 77079
281-940-9990
() Sundays from 11:30am to 2:30pm.
Start Time: 1130
Date: 2010-07-25
End Time: 1430

Gene Amante Duo

Saturday, July 31st, 2010

Title: Gene Amante Duo
Location: Georgia\’s Farm to Market\”
Description: Sunday with Gene Amante & Dave Barry. \”Georgia\’s Farm Market\” 12171 Katy Fwy
Houston, TX 77079
281-940-9990
(http://www.georgiasmarket.com ) Sundays from 11:30am to 2:30pm.
Start Time: 1130
Date: 2010-07-18
End Time: 1430

Bob Henschen\’s First Call Trio

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Title: Bob Henschen\’s First Call Trio
Location: Eddie V\’s Prime Seafood
Description: Bob Henschens, First Call Trio with
David Craig, & Robert Ceballos.
12484 Queensbury Lane in CityCentre at Town and Country,
832-200-2380.

Start Time: 1900
Date: 2010-08-04
End Time: 2300

Mood Indigo

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Title: Mood Indigo
Location: Daily Review
Description:
Sundays 5 to 8:30PM
Daily Review
3412 West Lamar Street

Start Time: 1700
Date: 2010-08-01
End Time: 2030

Bob Henschen & Sharon Montgomery

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Title: Bob Henschen & Sharon Montgomery
Location: Bistro Calais
Description: Jazz vocalist Sharon Montgomery with Bob Henschen, 2814 Bammel Lane, 713-529-1314.
Start Time: 19:30
Date: 2010-08-11
End Time: 20:30

Bessie Smith (1895-1937)

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Bessie Smith was a rough, crude, violent woman. She was also the greatest of the classic Blues singers of the 1920s. Bessie started out as a street musician in Chattanooga. In 1912 Bessie joined a traveling show as a dancer and singer. The show featured Pa and Ma Rainey, and Smith developed a friendship with Ma. Ma Rainey was Bessie’s mentor and she stayed with her show until 1915. Bessie then joined the T.O.B.A. vaudeville circuit and gradually built up her own following in the south and along the eastern seaboard. By the early 1920s she was one of the most popular Blues singers in vaudeville. In 1923 she made her recording debut on Columbia, accompanied by pianist Clarence Williams. They recorded “Gulf Coast Blues” and “Down Hearted Blues.” The record sold more than 750,000 copies that same year, rivaling the success of Blues singer Mamie Smith (no relation).

Throughout the 1920s Smith recorded with many of the great Jazz musicians of that era, including Fletcher Henderson, James P. Johnson, Coleman Hawkins, Don Redman and Louis Armstrong. Her rendition of “St. Louis Blues” with Armstrong is considered by most critics to be one of finest recordings of the 1920s.

Bessie Smith was one of the biggest African-American stars of the 1920s and was popular with both Whites and African-Americans, but by 1931 the Classic Blues style of Bessie Smith was out of style and the Depression, radio, and sound movies had all damaged the record companies’ ability to sell records so Columbia dropped Smith from its roster. In 1933 she recorded for the last time under the direction of John Hammond for Okeh. The session was released under the name of Bessie Smith accompanied by Buck and his Band.

Despite having no record company Smith was still very popular in the South and continued to draw large crowds, although the money was not nearly as good as it had been in the 1920s. Bessie had started to style herself as a Swing musician and was on the verge of a comeback when her life was tragically cut short by an automobile accident in 1937. While driving with her lover Richard Morgan (Lionel Hampton’s uncle) in Mississippi their car rear-ended a slow moving truck and rolled over crushing Smith’s left arm and ribs. Smith bled to death by the time she reached the hospital. John Hammond caused quite a stir by writing an article in Downbeat magazine suggesting that Smith had bled to death because she had been taken to a White hospital and had been turned away. This proved not to be true, but the rumor persists to this day.

Courtesy of RedHotJazz.com

In the Pocket

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

Title: In the Pocket
Location: Napa Grill
Description: Carlos Puig, Ted Wenglinski,
Start Time: 1930
Date: 2010-08-06
End Time: 2230

Lex Valk Evening of Jazz & Blues

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

Title: Lex Valk Evening of Jazz & Blues
Location: Ovations Houston
Description: • Houston\’s jazz community is coming together on Sunday, August 8, in support of bassist Lex Valk, whose wife Mary is battling an insidious form of cancer. The treatment costs have proven staggering, which for a musician without insurance can create an insurmountable financial crisis. Fortunately, friends and colleagues from the music community have hatched a plan.

A nucleus of musicians will host an evening of jazz and blues with all proceeds going directly to the Valk family. A few of the world-class artists performing will be Category 5, Cody Moffett Jambalaya, Danielle Reich, Eddie Lewis Living Rhythm, Joe Locascio & Woody Witt, The Thomas Borling band, and Tianna Hall. There will also be an extended open-mic jam session. Of course, Lex will be an on-hand manning the bass whenever possible.

This will be an incredible musical experience for a wonderful cause. Join us for a $10 minimum donation that goes entirely to the Valk Family. There will also be a silent auction and CDs for sale!

Ovations Night Club is located at 2536 Times Boulevard in Rice Village (at the intersection of Times & Kirby). It is a beautiful venue with a full bar and free parking.

Start Time: 1700
Date: 2010-08-08
End Time: 2130