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Stormy, rainy weather and Jazz this week

May 10, 2015

By Kathy Edwards McFarland

Breaking News: You’ve enjoyed her trio at Sweetwater Grill & Tavern here in Denton, a time or two, so you might not mind May15CarolynPosterthe drive into Dallas, Friday, May 15, to hear Western Swing chanteuse Carolyn Martin, husband and bassist Dave Martin and the multi-instrumentalist wonder Rory Hoffman at Poor David’s Pub, 1313 N. Lamar, 8 p.m. Tickets:

About Rory Hoffman

Rory Hoffman can only be described as a force of nature on anything he decides to pick up. This includes accordion, tenor sax and clarinet but of particular note is his has-to-be-seen “to-be-believed in-his-lap and upside down guitar style, evoking Django Reinhardt and Charlie Christian with a little Bucky Pizzarelli mixed in. – Excerpt from Now Playing Nashville

Jazz Favorite Returns: 5/19/15 – Award-winning Jazz bassist Eddie Gomez returns to Dan’s Silverleaf, 103 Industrial, with his regular bandmates – Steffan Karlsson on keys and Ed Soph playing drums. – 8pm. Tickets: $12. FMI, visit – (Dan’s

Jazz Bassist Eddie Gomez

Jazz Bassist Eddie Gomez

recently remodeled, now boasting more space and updated restrooms. Much more comfortable!)

The 7th Annual Dylanfest –
May 24 and 25, 2015

Dylanfest 2015, a fundraiser to benefit Instruments of Change, will present two great concerts featuring Bob Dylan‘s music. Sunday, May 24: will feature the Gospel Music of Bob Dylan and take place at First Presbyterian Church of Denton (University and Hinkle), beginning at 7pm. Monday May 25: (Memorial Day) the performance at Dan’s Silverleaf (103 Industrial in Denton) will feature music from Bob Dylan’s entire recording career. Music begins at 5pm and concludes at 8pm.

Instruments of Change, a 501(c)3 Public Charity Mission –

“To profoundly impact the lives of disadvantaged children through the gifts of musical instrument donation, instruction and performance.”

We accomplish this mission by seeking out new and gently used musical instruments that are not being played and place them with children whose parents do not have the means to purchase an instrument of their own.

Latest Discovery: Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox, a blend of Vintage, Jazz, Pop – mainly today’s Pop taken back in time. See the gang live at South Side Music Hall in Dallas, May 31. For tickets, visit:

Maristella Feustle on the early days of UNT Jazz program

Music librarian and guitarist Maristella Feustle, who earned a master’s in Jazz Studies at UNT, is writing a series of blog posts on the history of the jazz program as part of the celebration of the 125th anniversary of the founding of the university.

Upcoming Live Jazz

Monday, May 11: What? It’s The Fackson Jive playing late night Jazz at The Greenhouse Restaurant, 600 N. Locust. Playing a varied set of Jeff Beck, Steely Dan, Woody Shaw, etc… are Pete Weise – guitar; Colin Campbell – keys; Mike Luzecky – bass; and Andrew Scott – drums.

Tuesday, May 12: The Sweetwater Jazz Quartet returns to its regular night (second Tuesday) at Sweetwater Grill &

Neil Slater, keys and Jim Riggs at Sweetwater Grill & Tavern, ca. 2011.

Neil Slater, keys and Jim Riggs at Sweetwater Grill & Tavern, ca. 2011.

Tavern, 115 S. Elm St. Saxophonist Jim Riggs, keyboardist Neil Slater, bassist Lou Carfa and drummer Ron Fink take the patio stage from 7 to 9 pm, playing wonderful Jazz standards as only they can.

Wednesday, May 13: Jeffry Eckels presents “Jazz at The Whitehouse (on the corner of Scripture and Bryan in Denton, Texas), A Vocal Showcase,” from 8-10:30 pm. Tonight featured Jazz vocalist is Gwynne Montgomery Johnson. Visit her site at for her interesting biography and to enjoy a listening preview.
Rounding out the combo will be yours truly, Jeffry Eckels, on bass and other members of the combo TBA.

The Whitehouse just started a special discount on wine for Jazz Night only! It’s $3 per glass or $10 per bottle.

Thursday, May 14:

Get your doctor recommended dose of hot, dirty, get-down southern soul from Hale Baskin and The Southpaw

Hale Baskin

Hale Baskin

Preachers, tonight, 8-11 pm at Harvest House, 331 E. Hickory.
Last month the cops working the square came out; not to break up the party, but to find out who was making that awesome music spilling onto the streets.”
The Southpaw Preachers are Mike Luzecky – bass; Horace Bray – guitar; Lupe Barrera – drums; Colin Campbell – keys; and Hale Baskin – trouble maker on the mic.

Will be posting more later. Tornado Sunday afternoon missed the Northwest part of Denton.

Have a good one, all.

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