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Demo sketch of a new original latin jazz number of mine: “Sunny & 70s Somewhere”

Found a scrap of paper with the chords the other day, and rescued the half-remembered melody from the abyss of my iPhone voice memos. It’s yours truly playing all the parts: the dubbed guitars are “rhythm” guitar on my Eastman archtop as an electric (with the amp mic’d), and the solo is the same Eastman with the f-hole mic’d and the electric direct – gives it a nice acoustic sound, I thought. Dusted off the not-so-trusty old guitar synth, and after a few takes, got a glitch-free bass track. Will get a proper duo or small group recording soon – stay tuned…

What struck me as a rather melancholy arrangement (by Joe Pass) of “Sunny” – some beautiful voicings in here, creating lots of interesting nuances to exploit when interpreting this arrangement with a loose ballad feel. 4ths tuning.

“Blues” – a jazz guitar chord solo arranged by Joe Pass – trying to make look as easy as Joe does is no mean feat! (Perhaps made a bit more challenging given that I’m playing it in fourths tuning.) Whatever one’s tuning, this is a great piece that offers a lot of dynamic and rhythmic possibilities.

Justin Perdue QuartetFriday, Dec. 10, 7pm – 9 pm
Justin Perdue Quartet live at Ball & Chain Cafe

Briggs Carriage Bookstore,
16 Park Street, Brandon VT 05733

The Justin Perdue Quartet explores the interplay of guitarist Justin Perdue’s modal jazz flights with the post-bop virtuosity of pianist Andrew Moroz – all over the grooves of bassist Jeremy Harlos and drummer and hand percussionist Travis Shores’ intense, multi-layered African, Middle Eastern and jazz rhythms. This adventurous band of seasoned jazzmen delves into everything from Indian ragas to funky soul jazz as they push the envelope of improvisation with their unique repertoire of original compositions.

check out a recording of the quartet playing “Fauvismo”…
…or listen to more

more info:
Ball & Chain Cafe: 802 247.0050 (BriggsCarriage.com)

Mogani - jazz / latin / fusion sextetOctober 23, 7pm – 9 pm
Mogani live at Ball & Chain Cafe
Briggs Carriage Bookstore,
16 Park Street, Brandon VT 05733

Come check out Mogani, a Jazz | Latin | Fusion sextet playing a funky fusion of hot Latin numbers, cool jazz classics and originals. The group features a veritable who’s who of the area finest musicians: Cobey Gatos, keyboards; Glenn Goodwin, bass; Michael Morera, saxophones; Justin Perdue, guitar; Daniel Scharstein, drums; Carlos Velez, percussion.

more info:
Ball & Chain Cafe: 802 247.0050 (BriggsCarriage.com)

Mogani: MoganiMusic.com

Perdue, Shores & Harlos jazz trio at the Ball & ChainSept 24, 7pm – 9 pm
Perdue, Shores & Harlos live at Ball & Chain Cafe
Briggs Carriage Bookstore,
16 Park Street, Brandon VT 05733

Perdue, Shores & Harlos is reinventing the jazz guitar trio, fusing guitarist Justin Perdue’s Miles and Coltrane-esque modal jazz flights with drummer and hand percussionist Travis Shores’ intense, multi-layered African and Middle Eastern rhythms – all over the solid grooves of bassist Jeremy Harlos. This adventurous group of seasoned jazzmen delves into everything from Indian ragas to funky backbeats as it pushes the envelope o…f improvisation with their repertoire of original compositions…

more info:
Ball & Chain Cafe: 802 247.0050 (BriggsCarriage.com)

Mogani - jazz / latin / fusion sextet

In case you missed it, check out some pix from the gig.

August 14, 9pm-11pm
Mogani live at 51 Main at the Bridge
51 Main St., Middlebury, VT 05753

Come check out Mogani, a Jazz | Latin | Fusion sextet playing a funky fusion of hot Latin numbers, cool jazz classic and originals. The group features a veritable who’s who of the area finest musicians: Cobey Gatos, keyboards; Glenn Goodwin, bass; Michael Morera, saxophones; Justin Perdue, guitar; Daniel Scharstein, drums; Carlos Velez, percussion.

more info:
51 Main: (802) 388-8209 http://go51main.com/

Here’s some flip footage of us playing my original composition “Multi-Dimensional Array Blues” at Langdon St. Cafe in Montpelier, VT on 7/15/10.

This is a basic blues tune in Bb that’s been souped up a bit with the use of George Russell’s Lydian b7th scales, and various polyrhythms supplied by bassist Jeremy Harlos against drummer Travis Shores’ drumming.