Sometimes you don’t know how strong you are until you’re tested. Sunday was a test: we were up against the Packers for the 1st half of the jam and another jazz event for the 2nd half; our drummer didn’t show up; and the stage was a mess with the piano in the corner behind the drums.
We passed. John Lombardo joined us on drums within a moment’s notice (thanks, John!), we moved the piano, and we had a good turnout. Competing Packer games or other jazz events do not seem to affect our attendance and that was true again on Sunday. There were quite a few new faces including a large turnout from Middleton HS.
The Packers made sure they won’t be competing with us on Feb 1st, but it will still be Super Bowl Sunday. Who cares, right? We’ve had a great turnout every year during the Super Bowl and this year should be no different. As always we have a stellar band: Dave Cooper – trumpet, Doug Brown – guitar, Matt Rodgers – bass, and Keith Lienert – drums. The featured tune is Stolen Moments.
Michael’s last educational post was last week so for now I’ll add a few comments about Stolen Moments. The most important thing to be aware of is the form. There is a standard intro and ending that is always played, and most importantly, solos are not played over the form of the song, but over a standard minor blues form. What is a standard minor blues form? Take a look at Equinox, it’s a minor blues in the same key. That’s the progression to practice. Here’s the famous version from Oliver Nelson’s, Blues and the Abstract Truth.