Homecoming Jazz Concert

Saturday, January 2nd, the incessant snow is unrelenting and we’ve been forced to cancel tonight’s concert. The weather may have won this battle, but we’re still fighting the war. The sky may dump load after load of snow today, but it can’t do that all week… at least we’re hoping. So with the intention of being even more incessant than this darn snow, we’re rescheduling the concert for next Saturday evening, January 9th at 7pm.

So for those of you getting snowed in this Saturday, enjoy the ensuing winter wonderland and mark your calendars for next Saturday when the NH All-star Quintet will triumphantly take the stage at the Derry Opera House. It’s really something special to be playing with New Hampshire musicians for a New Hampshire audience. These are the people I grew up with, they know where I’m coming from. We share a common background in our geographic region that we can all relate to. My hope is for this mood to be reflected in the concert. We’re playing an original of mine I wrote while in Londonderry which is meant to capture the ancient melancholic atmosphere of the town’s pine forests.

Also on the program is an arrangement of the traditional melody “Londonerry Air”. This setting finds the piece in a loping 5/4 meter meant to give the listener a mental picture of the rolling apple orchards so characteristic of this once rural New England town. This song was a staple in Londonderry High School’s marching band repertoire for the many St. Patrick’s Day parades we marched down Fifth Avenue┬áin New York City. So in other words it has a certain nostalgia, memories of Spartan bus rides, hotel rooms in New Jersey, the perpetual defeat of the blue knight at Medieval Times; I hope some marching lancers read this so someone will know what I’m talking about. For those of you who are lost, I hope you can attend the concert so you might be able to hear in the music some of what I’m talking about.

So far the forecast for the 9th is sun, sun, and more sun! Have a great first week of 2010 and we’ll see you next Saturday!

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