The White Brothers of Kitty Hawk

Orville and Wilbur Wright were brothers credited with the first successful airplane flight on the coast of North Carolina.  As a child I was always thrilled by flight – my two favorite parts of trips with my parents would be the takeoffs of commercial airliners to and from the destination.  Sadly that’s no longer the case for me on jet planes, but the sensations that I remember from takeoffs are still thrilling.  Luckily I do still experience them, and most typically through music. You’ve no doubt heard trumpeter Matt White – he’s featured prominently on Falling Up – but you likely haven’t had the pleasure of listening to his original material.  Just prior to moving to the coast of South Carolina to begin a trumpet …

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And off we go!

After a couple of rehearsals and warm up show at Sportman’s Grille this week, the quintet had its debut performance last night at the Nashville Jazz Workshop.  I came home with a huge smile on my face still shaking my head my head thinking about how great the band played.  Matt White, Bruce Dudley, Jonathan Wires, Josh Hunt and guest Jeff Coffin all blew me away tonight – they have made music out of my tunes and it really showed in the concert.  This morning we head to the studio to lay it down for the album, and I’m ecstatic! There’s still one more day to pledge and preorder a CD on kickstarter – if anyone needs convincing I’ve posted a track from the set …

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Download the Cobb’s Mob! Show of 8.30.09

Good times were had at Cafe CoCo this past Sunday night.  The band played well and had a ball, as did the audience.  If you didn’t make it out and would like to hear some of it, I’ve put most of the show up for a free download . The password is ‘coco’, but act fast as the mp3s will only be available for one week.  I’ve also posted a solo clip in the setlist below, as well as links to the fine players’ personal projects. Setlist: 1. Skeeter ‘Da – EC 2. Red Cross – Charlie Parker, arr by EC 3. A Love That Lasts – EC 4. Marie Antoinette – Wayne Shorter 5. Crescent City Ditty – EC 6. Autumn Leaves w/ Denis …

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Media From 3.29.09

Last Sunday was an exciting day for me as I got a chance to play with the Nashville Jazz Orchestra in the afternoon and lead Cobb’s Mob! at night.  NJO played an afternoon set at the Limelight, and I got a chance to wail on a Mike Crotty arrangement of Dolphin Dance and Christina Watson’s tune Free. I’ll be playing with the NJO two more times this month as well, on the 15th and the 23rd. At Cafe CoCo I debuted a couple new tunes and arrangements.  I’m not going to spoil those for you by posting them on here, but I have included some playing highlights below. Straight, No Chaser arranged by EC. Rhythm-a-ning by Thelonious Monk There should be another Cobb’s Mob! show …

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Live from Gallery One

Last week my good friend and colleague Sean Neukom presented a wonderful recital at Gallery One.  From top to bottom, the event was really terrific.  Gallery One is a beautiful room with fascinating works that made for a great setting.  The artist Lori-Gene, who sketched each of the three performed pieces, produced amazing results.   Sean not only played spectacularly, but also dissected and presented each of the pieces for the large audience beforehand.  Like living liner-notes, Sean’s presentations helped the large audience get a familiarity with the pieces they were about to hear.  Below I have posted Sean’s presentation on Trio For Oboe, Violin, and Cello by Alyssa Weinberg, as well as the subsequent performance.  I hope you enjoy! Sean’s Presentation Trio For Oboe, Violin, …

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Attention Whole Foods Customers

This past Saturday afternoon I had the pleasure of playing duets with guitarist Jonathan Epley in Nashville’s Green Hills Whole Foods Market.  Our music was broadcast through the aisles of the entire store, so we had some fun straddling jazz standards and Muzak.  Below is a short example (low fidelity) of how we hoped Antonio Carlos Jobim can make a person hungry for expensive granola, organic broccolini, and vegan sausage patties. Wave – evan

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Monk’s Music In Nashville

Last night I had the pleasure of playing in another ensemble at the Nashville Jazz Workshop.  The group was a septet dedicated to the music of Thelonious Sphere Monk.  We performed six of his tunes, including two which were previously unknown to me: Four In One and Little Rootie Tootie.  The septet featured some original arrangements and the alto saxophone playing of Denis Solee, as well as the bass playing of the Workshop’s co-owner Roger Spencer.  I’ve posted some personal playing highlights below, with yours truly on the tenor saxophone.  I hope that you enjoy listening. Epistrophy ‘Round Midnight Bright Mississippi – evan

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Audio Clips From Sunday Night

Fun times were had this past Sunday night at Café Coco.  I’ve posted a couple of clips from the Coltrane Tribute Ensemble below.  Please enjoy them and let me know what you think!   The Kyle Burnham Jazz Quintet Jason Dumars, soprano sax EC, tenor sax Matt Berry, guitar Todd Parks, bass Kyle Burnham, drums   Pursuance (head + tenor solo)    Impressions (tenor solo)      Resolution (head + tenor solo)    – evan

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Old Friends Coming To Nashville

One of my favorite aspects of being a musician is that the job has allowed me to travel around the country.  Experiencing the local customs of new places is exciting and often quite comical.  Besides trying local exotic foods (fried cheese curds dipped in blue cheese – thank you Green Bay) and learning about local stereotypes (ask a UPer what a ‘FIB’ is), I also met a lot of new people.  When Buddha’s Belly was traveling almost every weekend, we were very fortunate to make acquaintances with many music lovers as well as many other music makers.  While many people are quick to make friends over dark lighting and many beers, few of those encounters last beyond the sobering breakfast that follows.    That being …

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A Highlight Recording From Last Week

I thought you might enjoy hearing a recording from my gig at the Nashville Jazz Workshop last week.  The septet played the music of Thelonious Monk, and I got to share the lead honors with Denis Solee on Monk’s gorgeous ballad “Ruby My Dear.”  Denis and I split up the melody and solos, so he starts off the tune, and I take the tune from the bridge each time.    Ruby My Dear     Please let me know if you enjoy the recording.  If you do I’ll consider posting more recent recordings.   -evan

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