Here’s the summer schedule: In June you can hear the duet every week at the Mainstreet Martini Bar in Brighton on Tuesdays and also at the Black Pearl downtown Ann Arbor on Sundays. Starting in July I’ll be playing solo at the Weathervane every Sunday. This is a great venue right on the water downtown Charlevoix. In September the original HiDef reunites for several gigs at the Quarter Bistro in Ann Arbor and also at the Mainstreet Martini Bar. Click on the CALENDAR link for updates and details. Hope to see you this summer!
We had a full house at our season finale last night. Thanks everyone who came out! And for anyone who has ever come out to Patrics to enjoy music, please go visit SWFL Choice Awards and vote for Patrics as Naples’ best family restaurant. Here’s Patric posing with his favorite Saturday guitarists. And a recording of Mason singing “Sunny”. Check out his famous voice-and-guitar solo near the end of the song!
Well, folks, the warm season is approaching, so it’s time to head north. But please c’mon down and join us at Patric’s this Saturday night for our season finale. Mason Lane and I will be running down our greatest hits, and then packing it in until fall. See ya soon!
We launched Tocando back around the beginning of the year,… and it’s been a blast! We’ve been performing about once a week — usually substituting in restaurants around Naples when a regular band needs a night off.
To learn more, check out the “Tocando” page, or look under “Calendar” to see where we’re performing next.
So, here’s the new performance schedule for this winter in Naples: Every Tuesday night I play solo guitar at the Naples Yacht Club and every Saturday night I perform with Mason Lane at Patric’s. Patric’s, which features “tapas and music”, has great food and it’s a very comfortable room for listening to music. And there are plenty of other gigs at various other restaurants around Naples this winter. See the “Calendar” tab for details. The photo below shows Mason and me hard at work at Patric’s:
Charlie Parker, who died in 1955 at the age of 35, is the last great musician to have made a major leap in the evolution of Western music theory (do, re, mi, fa, so….) with his use notes that don’t fit logically in a major scale (do, re, mi, fa, so…) He used diminished scales and the melodic minor scale a half step above the V chord, and then blurred everything together in blindingly fast bebop rhythms. Donna Lee
In my first recording of the new year, here’s my study of Charlie Parker’s “Donna Lee”. Even without an accompaniment, you can hear the implied chords. But if you slowed it down, you’d notice that an awful lot of notes don’t make sense at all to conventional chord theory.
Here’s a new arrangement of Let’s Fall in Love. You can’t go wrong learning songs from the Great American Songbook by studying Frank. That’s a tip I picked up from Naples’ trumpet master, Bob Zottola – “Study the singers and imitate the human voice with your instrument.” Let’s Fall in Love
Last Friday we saw a terrific Vienna Teng concert. She is one of Ann Arbor’s favorite songwriter/performers who has returned often since her debut at the Folk Festival at Hill Auditorium several years ago. And now she’s enrolled here in the Ross Business School (?!), my alma mater. The nearly sold-out Power Center concert the other day should help with tuition! Here are some photos from the concert by Ann Arbor’s fabled rock chronicler, Julian Konwinski.
Here’s a guitar arrangement of “Forget You” (or something like that) by Cee Lo Green which is arguably the biggest hit of the decade so far. Unless you’re over 30. Then you probably never heard of it. This was recorded ‘live’ as I laid down rhythm parts on my loop pedal and then played on top of that. Forget You
Here’s a new arrangement of the first song on Miles Davis’ album, “Kind of Blue”, the best-selling jazz record of all time. I’ve been studying this album carefully since I first started listening to it in my college dorm room. Miles’ playing on this recording is inspirational. He plays very few notes. This is the first time I’ve worked out Bill Evan’s fascinating piano intro. The head to the song, including the signature bass line and all of the horn parts, lays out very nicely on a guitar fretboard. I’m surprised more guitarists don’t play this song. So What
I won the opportunity to participate in the Petoskey olympic triathlon last weekend with my older daughter, Alison. I finished it,… thoroughly whupped! During the last six miles of running I heard voices singing strange new melodies in my hot, delirious head. Look for some new compositions coming your way soon!
Here’s a wonderful Chick Corea composition I recently arranged for guitar. I love the way the melody has so many different rhythms, yet the whole song flows together so naturally. Spain
We’re ending the spring season with a gig tonight at the Brighton Martini Bar and Thursday at The Quarter Bistro. Next week we’re heading up north for the summer where I will be performing solo guitar every Tuesday evening at the Weathervane. C’mon down! It’s a beautiful setting right on the water downtown Charlevoix, MI. (See the gig calendar for other performances here and there around the state this summer.)
The quartet played at the Tipping Point Theater last night. Here’s a live recording of Grazing in the Grass – a simple song always popular with our audience. First a hit in 1968 by South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela, the following summer it was also a hit for the vocal group, Friends of Distinction (“I can dig it, you can dig it, they can dig it,…”)Grazing in the Grass
Lefty guitars are really hard to find. I’ve been looking for one like this for years and finally found it on eBay. The seller was in Cleveland so Lee and I drove over and met him in the parking lot of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. And then did the tour. An inspiring day overall!
Julia just send me this link to a New York Times article about how music works. The author says, “what really communicates emotion may not be melody or rhythm, but moments when musicians make subtle changes to those musical patterns…” Contributors to the article include Paul Simon, Yo-Yo Ma, Bobby McFerrin, and Roseanne Cash in addition to a bunch of academics. Check it out!
Spring Performance Schedule OK, here’s something new and different… in May and June Howard White and I will be performing as a duo every Thursday night at the Quarter Bistro from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. The full HiDef quartet is breaking into some new territory: come and hear us at the Main Street Martini Bar in Brighton on Saturday May 21. For more details on these and other dates, please click on “What’s Up (gigs)”
Here’s my first post that’s non-musical. It’s about bicycling. I reset my odometer on January 1 and it just turned 1,000! Bicycling is how I take a break from practicing the guitar. Because you definitely can’t do both at the same time.
OK, so you might not consider it rock if it’s played at restaurant volume. But here are a couple new arrangements of Jimi Hendrix and Steely Dan songs recorded live for you from the Naples Yacht Club.
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