There’s a great piece written by educator, writer and Steam Donkeys leader Buck Quigley on the Sportsmen’s Americana Foundation web site, wherein Quigley recalls the time his former band, the legendary Jacklords, opened for Roy Orbison at Kleinhans Music Hall. I was profoundly touched by Quigley’s recollections of meeting one of his idols and one of 20th century American music’s true geniuses.
From Williamsville East to London
Williamsville East has one of the very best high school music programs in Western New York, and many of its graduates go on to bigger and better things. It's not surprising, then, that 2013 graduate and percussionist Joe Desotelle was awarded the opportunity to spend 10 intensive days in January studying and performing with the London Symphony Orchestra, beneath the baton of Sir Simon Rattle.
Desotelle, who earned his undergraduate degree from the prestigious Juilliard School of Music and is currently working toward his master's at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music, won the Keston/MAX London Symphony Fellowship while he was enrolled in the summer program at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, Calif. He chose the difficult Mahler's Second Symphony as his audition piece, and he deserves serious props for that alone.
Hayden Fogle heads west
Hayden Fogle won the 2018 Lee Ritenour "Six String Theory"' International Guitar Competition in the blues category, and traveled to Switzerland to meet and perform with the legendary jazz guitarist in July. Now, Fogle heads to California, where he'll take part in clinics with Ritenour as part of this year's Winter NAMM conference in Anaheim. Fogle and his fellow "Six String Theory" winners will perform a club gig and head to Hollywood for a recording session at the infamous Sunset Sound recording studio. Hats off, Hayden.
Band residencies on the upswing
I’ve long been an advocate for local band residencies here in town, and we’re starting to see more and more of them pop up at various venues. The idea is for a band or artist to build up a rapport with an audience in the same venue over time, to the point where you a symbiotic relationship between artist, audience and venue is created and nurtured. Check in on the Imagine Event Center’s (71 Military Road) Wednesday Night Jazz Series at 7 p.m. Jan. 30 with Star People (Bobby Militello, John Bacon, George Caldwell, Joe Goehle, Andy Weinzler, Tim Clarke). Rhubarb Wednesdays at 8 p.m. Jan. 30 at Lucky Day Whiskey Bar (320 Pearl St.) finds freak-funk trio Rhubarb getting good and weird. The final installment of Funktional Flow’s January Residency at Buffalo Iron Works (49 Illinois St.) is at 7 p.m. Jan. 30.
Wordism, the area’s only open mic for spoken word artists, is at 7 p.m. Jan. 25 at Pausa Art House (19 Wadsworth St.).. The ongoing hip-hop throw-down Buffalo Boiler Room Sessions features ETO, Keith Concept, and Chill Ali and Casablanca at 9 p.m. Jan. 25 at Milkies (522 Elmwood Ave.) …. If you want to dance, but don’t necessarily feel like chatting with your neighbor while you’re trying to get your groove on, the Silent Disco at New York Beer Project (6933 S. Transit Road, Lockport) starts at 9 p.m. Jan. 26 ... and Sabor Latino Latin Night at Expo Market (617 Main St.) will combine dance instruction and a live DJ starting at 10 p.m. Jan. 26.