As the UB Faculty Jazz Quartet endeavor to share the music, I hope you view this interview in the spirit of supporting jazz during and beyond this pandemic. I had a unique opportunity to share in a 60 -minute (edited to 12 min.) conversation with UB President Satish K. Tripathi discussing a bit about my past influences and some of the work the UB Faculty Jazz Quartet (Bobby Militello, sax/flute; George Caldwell, piano; Sabu Adeyola, bass; John Bacon, percussions) has brought to the community.
Thank you for listening, all you kindred spirits in music!
The fine folks at Burchfield Penney Arts Center asked me to submit a 15 minute bio/music video to their "Burchfield Connects" series featuring community artists.
The tune starts out with a pure blues. Take your time and enjoy the marvelous build!
Brad Leali, alto sax
Elliot Scozzaro, tenor sax
Kenny Kuriscak, baritone sax
Mark Filsinger, trumpet
Chris Mccall Hooton, trumpet
John Hasselback, trombone
Rick Fleming, trombone
George Caldwell, piano
Joseph Goehle, bass
John Bacon, drums
June 8, 2019 - June 30, 2019By Golden Globe winner Regina Taylor
Original Music by Obie Award winner Diedre L. Murray
Directed by Tony Award winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson
JOAN AND ROBERT RECHNITZ THEATER
Oo-Bla-Dee paints a shimmering portrait of an all-female band of African-American bebop musicians traveling the country following the end of World War II. A sweeping and ambitious play-with-music, Oo-Bla-Dee is created by Golden Globe-winning actor and playwright Regina Taylor (I’ll Fly Away, Crowns), Obie-winning jazz composer Diedre L. Murray (The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess) and Tony Award winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson (August Wilson’s Jitney at Two River and on Broadway).