We’re looking forward to performing back at some of favorite venues this spring/summer season. We kick off the season back at Terry B’s, a wonderful restaurant in Dexter. Howard and I are there for several dates in May and June. Then we add our favorite drummer, George Eberhardt, for a couple of other gigs around town, including the Water Hill Music Festival. Later in May gigs begin in Charlevoix and Petoskey. We’re back at the Bridge Street Tap Room and also the new Lake Charlevoix Brewing Company. Please see the Calendar Page for details on all of these performances. `Hope you can join us!
Next month is the start of a new season of music in Naples. Aurora and I return to The Naples Yacht Club on Tuesdays and Wyndemere every Thursday night. Also look for us at Naples Flatbread on a few Sunday nights. We are performing with Joe Osment at the Naples Art Fair. Click here for details. Here is a recording of Aurora and me playing Dave Brubeck’s “It’s A Raggy Waltz”
We hope to see you at one of these gigs soon!
New photos from a recent gig at the local Mariott Resort. (Thanks, Mary!)
This is the coolest new establishment to come to Charlevoix in decades! Drinking Michigan beer, overlooking the harbor, listening to live music,… What’s better than that? My new collaboration with Tom Rasmussen, “The Algorhythms” (he’s an engineering nerd) performs there throughout the summer. Check here for our schedule.
Here’s a version of Samba de Orfeu performed (live!) by Aurora and me a couple days ago.
Samba de Orfeu
‘s not a fancy recording. We just run a line out from each of our amps into my little pocket recorder. So you don’t get to hear the crowd going wild. I’m in the left channel; Aurora’s right.
This fall Hooligans started featuring Jazz Wednesdays. Here’s a photo of Joe Aranda and me getting ready for a set. The amazing George Eberhardt is in the back putting his drum set together. The iPhone recording is our remake of the Impressions classic, It’s All Right.
It’s All Right
After one more gig at the Weathervane this summer, we’re headed back to Ann Arbor and looking forward to Jazz Guitar Fridays at Terry B’s. Alternating weeks with guitar virtuoso, Gary Allen, I will be performing duets with Howard White on September 13 and with Joe Aranda on September 27. Come on down!
Tocando launched another season last night at Naples Flatbread and Wine Bar. Come and join us when we return on Thursday nights in the new year. (For more Tocando dates in the new year, see the GIGS page.)
C’mon down! All of our friends who showed up reported that the food and the service were great.
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!
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.)
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)”
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.
Wind Cries Mary
Here are a few new songs recently added to my solo guitar repertoire and recorded live at my last gig. You probably won’t hear clapping and yelling because I connect my little pocket recorder directly to the guitar amplifier and don’t use a mic.
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
I Love You More Today Than Yesterday
Mad Men (TV theme) / How Insensitive
My Favorite Things
Louis Venne, a terrific local photographer, also showed up the same night and took this action shot. The background is probably blurry because I’m playing something really fast!
Here’s the hard workin’ HiDef band performing last night downtown Ann Arbor. Jim’s in the spotlight for another one of his blazing piano solos. The two guys on the left have been playing music together for more than 30 years!
Thanks to Julian Konwinski for these photos. Julian has been photographing the Ann Arbor live music scene for, well, for about as long as Howard and I have been playing together.
Nov 4 – CD release party at the Quarter Bistro
We’ll bring a carton full of our new CD, “Measure Twice, Bungalow Once”. You could take one home. (makes a good stocking stuffer?) Habitat for Humanity will be on hand to accept donations — all of the proceeds from CD sales are being donated to H4H.
Nov 18 – premiere performance at Keystone Underground
Dec 3 – third annual WEMU 5:01 party
After a summer off, we returned to kick off our FIFTH! season with a gig at the Quarter Bistro. Wow, it is so much fun to play music with these three talented musicians! And this time around we played a little more rock than usual. (We’re not always that quiet jazz combo. A while back my friend Larry Largin fixed me up with a Mesa Boogie amp.) We recorded a couple songs on my little pocket recorder. As you can hear, it was a lively crowd! We’ll be back to the QB for two more dates this fall. Put it on your calendar and don’t miss it!
Last night I joined the John E Lawrence Trio at Boneheads. This is the third time I’ve played at Boneheads. The audience is terrific and the owner, Jim LaChance, always makes you feel at home.
Smile – the first song of the evening, was probably the prettiest.
Here’s John E demonstrating his mastery of the guitar – first using it as a percussion instrument, and then messin’ with the dynamics – bringing the room down to a whisper, and then back up into a wild party.
The HiDef Quartet has locked down a new schedule for gigs in Ann Arbor this spring. We’re back with live music at our favorite restaurant, the Quarter Bistro, on the third Thursday of each month. We also have a performance at the Hands On Museum with our friends, the CBO’s. See the “What’s Up” page for more…