Step on up!!
Come one, come all!!
We got some NEW Dirty Bourbon Swag for y’all!!
Come check it all out and more tonight at Cliff Bell’s in beautiful Detroit!!
We hit at 10 pm!
See y’all there!
New Orleans Big Brass Circus Rock Music
We had a day off after playing Blissfest so we ended up chilling at a Polish camp. Excellent people. We shared some music and they shared a lot of vodka. Good times all around. Now without further ado, the most beautiful Polish waitresses, hostess, and cooks in Harbor Springs, Michigan, Asia, Vela, Malwina, Daniella, and Ada!
P.S. Gig tonight at Barley’s Taphouse and Pizzeria in Knoxville, Tennessee. Show starts at 10.
What’s up everyone!? Man oh man have we been having an absolutely amazing time up here in Michigan! The shows have been going great, and our time in between has been excellent too. We’ve been able to visit some of the most beautiful lakes and local hang out spots, and we’ve got plenty of good memories and photos to take home with us!
Legs Inn Bar
Flint Field Horse Park
Yeah y’all, it’s been beautiful to say the least, and tonight is our last night in Michigan! So if you’re in the Three Rivers area, come join us at the Riviera Theatre tonight! We’ll be kicking things off at 8pm! Tickets are $10 at the door so get in early and get you some good seats!
Also, it has come to our attention that we need more fun, fan shot media. So if you’ve got some videos/photos from the Dirty Bourbon River Show, share it with us!!
This gem comes from our friend Corrie G. in Lansing! Thanks Corrie and well done!
Glenn Miller: Basso Profundo, Grammy winner, Not the Trombonist/Jazz Composer, Capable of shaking the ground with the power of his voice alone.
Growing up singing in choir, Glenn was relegated to support roles, unable to sing leads because his voice was simply too manly for the leads.
As he grew up and more people discovered the power of his voice, he quickly became an in demand Basso Profundo. His absolutely ridiculous range allowed him to sing notes most mere mortals can only dream of. In his 2015 Grammy winning recording of a Russian Eastern Orthodox Church standard, Do not reject me in my old age, Glenn sang the super low Contra G!
Glenn Miller is a true badass with a voice worthy of the title Basso Profundo. What I would give to have a voice like that…
P.S. We’re at Blissfest in Harbor Springs, Michigan today and tomorrow! Our first set starts at 8.
Yeah buddy!! We had a most excellent night yesterday in Chicago! Schubas was jumping last night thanks to everyone who came out and partied with us!!
Today, we’re heading out to beautiful and magnificent Michigan to rock the walls at the Tip Top deluxe in Grand Rapids tonight with Chuck Whiting and the Tip Rail Ramblers!!
We’re excited to be in Michigan for the next week with plenty of awesome shows coming up so check the calendar and spread the word!!
Jim Self: legendary freelance musician who has played on over 1500 movie soundtracks and countless tv shows, composer, jazzcat badass.
Jim Self’s career is far too distinguished and extensive to get into here, but let it be known, Jim is the voice of the mothership in Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Nuff Said.
P.S. Gig tonight at the Hop Cat in Detroit, Michigan. Show starts at 10.
Hey y’all, it’s time for another edition of BBR.
Last week we played at the Continental Club in Houston, and across the street is a wonderful record shop – Sig’s Lagoon. They have vinyl everywhere and their prices are very good! So while searching through their stuff, I found a beauty….
That is New Orleans’ Sweet Emma and her Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Folks, this is the very first album Preservation Hall released, and it’s absolutely beautiful. It’s a live performance of the band recorded on October 18, 1964, at the Tyrone Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I have to say that owning and reading through this album, I’ve become inspired for a new segment on the site. I haven’t yet thought of a name, but it’s about time I start sharing more about the history of my hometown and the people who’ve made it what it is now. Until then, please enjoy a cut from this record and be inspired!!
Tonight we’re partying in Grand Rapids, MI at the grand Founders Brewery! Showtime is 9pm, so get there early and get your taste buds going on their fine brew selection!
Since we’ve been home for most of February, I’ve had time to frequent my nearest Salvation Army for records and VHS tapes. It’s pretty sweet because records and tapes are a quarter there.
Going through their stash this month I found a Dave Brubeck record, a Bill Evans Anthology, Genesis live double-disc, and the Blues Brothers soundtrack on vinyl for under $2. They were all in good condition too. (I also bought Kazaam, Wizard of Oz, Tim Burton’s Batman & Nightmare before Christmas, and some other movies for about the same price.)
So for post 6 of BBR, I’ll feature The Dave Brubeck Quartet record – Time In Outer Space.
Joe Morello was an amazing jazz drummer and dominates the whole B side of this record. Hope you enjoy!
Tonight we’re in Grand Rapids, MI at The Tip Top Deluxe with the Kent County String Band. Showtime is 9pm. See y’all there.
Ladies and gentlemen,
As a saxophonist and improvisational musician, there’s so much to learn! From scale variations to rhythms to vocabulary to chord progressions to flashy extended techniques and on and on and on, any musician worth his/her salt will agree that it’s imperative to always push further and to break through your barriers. Of the flashy little tricks in my personal arsenal, though, one of the biggest crowd pleasers proves over and over to be the double saxophone. I have a hell of a good time doing it, but I’m far from the first!
Some of my biggest saxophone heroes have pulled it off, including Jeff Coffin and the legendary Rahsaan Roland Kirk, but the only other musician I’ve seen pull of the labor-intensive bari-tenor combo is the great Dana Colley of Morphine. Finding that band was a revelation to me as a musician and specifically as a baritone saxophonist, and it looks like we at the Dirty Bourbon River Show will have the honor of sharing the stage with the Vespers of Morphine (original members of Morphine with the slide bass and guitar stylings of the talented and capable Jeremy Lyons) on 5/30 at New Orleans’ own d.b.a!
I’ve seen them live, and it’s the real deal, people. If you’re in the area, do yourselves a favor and come check this show out, because I’m completely stoked for it! Not that you need any convincing, but if you want to see one of the videos that enlightened me to the greatness of the bari-tenor combo, dig this video from one of Morphine’s performances from back in the mid-90s. You’re welcome!
Also, tonight marks the end of our little run out in the Midwest, so if you’re in the area, come party with us in Detroit at one of the classiest of classy jazz joints I’ve ever been to, Cliff Bell’s! We kick off at 9:30 with three full sets of awesome. Be there!