Monday, April 24, 2006

Dick Wilson's Jazzbones performed at Kerrytown Concert House Sunday night and as usual it was a very good time, with a large, appreciative crowd and a nice relaxed vibe. Thanks so much to everybody who came.

Too bad we didn't get through either of the Bach fugues all together, but that's how it goes sometimes. Here is Fugue VII from the Well-Tempered Clavichord Book II, in a MIDI file and a PDF, page 1 and page 2. I was supposed to make up a bass line, leaving the actually low voice to the bass bone. We did crank through a lot of Thelonious Monk, Tadd Dameron, and other boppers, with the requisite Kai and JJ arrangements.

Upcoming performances:

  • Saturday April 29, 10pm - Dean Solden Trio with Surry Scheerer @ Goodnite Gracie's
  • Sunday April 30, 6:30-9pm - II-V-I Orchestra @ Creekside
  • Saturday May 20, 10pm - Dean Solden Trio with Surry Scheerer @ Goodnite Gracie's
  • Sunday May 28, 6:30-9pm - II-V-I Orchestra @ Creekside
  • Sunday June 4, noon-5 - II-V-I Orchestra @ Taste of Ann Arbor

Finally, a reward for anybody who read the rest of this - 80s Neo-Surf band the Raybeats, in their second LP (never released on CD), "It's Only a Movie". This is a really good instrumental album and you should check it out. If you play it for your hip friends a certain percentage will fall over and go Omigod I don't believe you have that album.

Friday, April 21, 2006

When I was in high school at Interlochen I had an LP of the Vaughan Williams Tuba Concerto and Pastoral Symphony that my girlfriend brought me from far off Ann Arbor when she was down there performing with the orchesta. The symphony became a favorite of mine because I've always been into melodic, melancholy sounding stuff. Recently I found a better LP, Sir Adrian Boult with the New Philharmonia Orchestra, recorded in 1968, doing the Pastoral Symphony and "In the Fen Country", which is very much the same kind of thing. Here is my MP3 rip of the LP in an RAR file on Rapidshare. There is also a little text file with some notes on the LP. If you really like it email me and I'll post a scan of the LP cover.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

There's a new raptor in the neighborhood, I think. Today at 10:20am as I left Eberwhite School I saw a crow chasing a small hawk from tree to tree in sort of a desultory fashion. They would swirl around a little bit and perch on a couple of nearby limbs before flying off again. The hawk could be mistaken for a mourning dove except for the banded underside of the tail. Yesterday as my dog Mira and I were returning from our morning walk we heard a bunch of jays in our back yard. When we walked into the yard the jays took off chasing a bird that rose from the ground and flew off away from my on a low straight line. I just saw its' bluish gray shoulders and back, and it seemed a little bit larger than the jays. There was a big patch of jay feathers in the grass.

Here are some performances I've got coming up:

  • Sunday April 23, 8pm - Jazzbones @ Kerrytown Concert House
  • Saturday April 29, 10pm - Dean Solden Trio with Surry Scheerer @ Goodnite Gracie's
  • Sunday April 30, 6:30-9pm - II-V-I Orchestra @ Creekside
  • Saturday May 20, 10pm - Dean Solden Trio with Surry Scheerer @ Goodnite Gracie's
  • Sunday May 28, 6:30-9pm - II-V-I Orchestra @ Creekside
  • Sunday June 4, noon-5 - II-V-I Orchestra @ Taste of Ann Arbor

Finally, I stopped by the U of M Music School Library the other day and copied a few pages from Jamie Aebersold's book "Countdown to Giant Steps". Here is John Coltrane's "But Not For Me" MP3, PDF.

Friday, April 07, 2006

Click on the bunny and duck to peruse this year's "April is the Cruelest Month" survey, a compendium of hackneyed or bizarre web references to the famous poem.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

To copy CDs with Windows Media Player

  1. Start Windows Media Player (I have WMP version 10)

  2. Verify settings for copying CDs - go to Tools/Options.

  3. In the "Devices" tab, make sure the system sees your CD drive and CD burner. The "Properties" box is where you can see that your CD drive will read AND write.

  4. Steps 4 and 5 are necessary in order for WMP to query the Internet and retrieve CD artist, album, and song name information. If you don't do steps 4 and 5, the music will copy will show up in the media library under "Unknown Artist", "Unknown Album", and the songs will just be called "Track 01", etc.

  5. In the "Player" tab, check the "Connect to Internet" box.

  6. In the "Library" tab, check the "Retrieve additional information from the Internet" box.

  7. Select the tab marked "Rip Music"

  8. Verify the destination directory in "rip music to this location". If you have more than 1 disk drive and a drive has a lot of space, specify a directory on the drive with a lot of space.

  9. Make sure "Copy protect music" is NOT checked

  10. If you check "Rip CD when inserted" every audio CD will be ripped to the media library on your computer when you insert the audio CD in the CD drive. I would recommend you check this box when you wish to rip a CD, and then UNCHECK the box after you have rip the CD. Otherwise everytime you insert an audio CD it will be ripped, consuming lots of disk space and processor time. You can do other things on the computer while a CD is ripped but response will be slower.

  11. Check the "Eject CD when ripping is complete" box.

  12. Look at the "audio quality" slide bar and note how much space will be required for each CD. If you have a lot of disk space go for higher quality.

  13. Exit WMP. Restart WMP to use the new options you have specified.

  14. Insert your audio CD in the CD drive. You should see the cursor replaced by a CD symbol while the computer scans the CD. Then WMP will start and begin to rip the CD. To monitor, select the "Rip" tab in WMP. Monitor the rip process in the "Rip Status" column - depending on CD length, quality selected and your system hardware, it could take up to an hour or more.

  15. The CD will eject when ripping is complete.

  16. Insert a blank CD in your CD burner. The computer will scan the CD, determine that it is blank, and a dialogue box will appear. Select "Burn CD with Windows Media Player" and click on "OK".

  17. WMP will start. Click on "Edit Playlist". A display of the library will appear.

  18. Select "View by Album" and a list of album names will appear.

  19. Click on the album you ripped. The individual tunes will appear.

  20. Click on each of the tunes you wish to burn to the CD in the order you wish them to be burnt. You can drag tunes up and down in the burn list, or by right clicking on a tune you can get a menu to remove a tune from the list.

  21. Click on "Start burn" and when it's done you've got a CD you betcha.

  22. When your CD burn is complete, I recommend you go back to "Tools/Options" and DESELECT "Connect to Internet", "Retrieve additional information from the Internet", and "Rip Music".

Text file of these instructions...

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

This is a re-post of a bunch of MP3 and PDF files that are up on the site mainly
because I want to do them with my band.

Sarah Vaughan doing Tadd Dameron's
"If You Could See Me Now" MP3 , Realbook PDF,

Bill EvansBill Evans Trio doing Tadd Dameron's "If You Could See Me Now" MP3, Tom's chords (PDF)

Jerry's leadsheet for Holly Cole's arrangement of "Get Out of Town" PDF

Bud PowellJerry's leadsheet for Bud Powell's "Dance of the Infidels" PDF

Satie's Gymnopedie Number 3 PDF

Ernesto LecuonaJerry's leadsheet for Wayne Shorter's Jazz Messengers arrangement of Ernesto Lecuona's "The Breeze and I" PDF

Jazz Messenger's performance of Ernesto Lecuona's "The Breeze and I" MP3

Frank LoesserMiles Davis's performance of Frank Loesser's "If I Were a Bell" MP3

Miles' arrangement of Frank Loesser's "If I Were a Bell" PDF page 1, PDF page 2

John Thulin Trio performance of "Sweet and Lovely" MP3

Jerry's leadsheet for John Thulin's arrangement of "Sweet and Lovely" PDF

Jerry's leadsheet for Jobim's "O morro não tem vez" (MP3, PDF page 1, PDF page 2) by Tom Jobim and Vinicius De Moraes.