Got my jazz injection Saturday…

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at THE JAZZ ROOM, of course.  (Mike Malone on horn here)

A 3-hour photo-shooting-orgy ensued because
1. we got there at doors open 6pm for a front row seat,
2. instruments and musicians are interesting subject matter,
3. I had my 70-200mm f2.8 and Bastow’s 17-55mm f2.8,
4. I love that live music

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Ted’s Warren Commission headlined.  Left to right: Kim Ratcliffe – guitar, Ted Warren – drums, Mike Malone – trumpet, Mike Downes – bass.  These guys were amazing.  And only 6 feet away.

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Instruments have a magical quality, precious artifacts.

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And what really makes the whole thing come alive…

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is the complete and obvious joy when musicians do what they love to do.  Ted has so much fun with the art form that it’s infectious.  Totally playful.  Having grown up on classic rock, let’s consider Saturday night the beginning of my re-education on what’s actually possible on the drums.

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These guys are crazy-good at what they do.

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When musicians are this good and they get in a flow, I think they allow themselves to push the envelope.  I’m curious to know how jazz works with respect to what’s on the page and what appears to be some serious free-styling.

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I was totally humbled by Kim’s insanely fast runs up and down the fretboard.  So, later on I looked him up on the web and he’s been playing for 30 years.  Starts to make sense.

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Oh yeah, almost forgot to mention that…

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the local jazz revolution…

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will be televised.

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My friend and local jazz instigator, Stephen Preece, took me…

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behind the curtain…

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to meet Earl McCluskie of Chestnut Hall Camerata who was…

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masterminding the…

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recording and streaming of the acts…

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into a…

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virtual performing arts festival, combining it with other recorded acts at other venues.  Interesting.  Earl and Stephen hit me up earlier in the week for some photos to include, and hey, there’s my photo right there.

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Also in the house Saturday night was…

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The Kite Trio out of Montreal who opened.  Left to right: Paul Van Dyk – bass, Eric Dew – drums, Eric Couture-Telmosse – guitar.

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I’m embarrassed to say how many shots I took to finally get this drumstick-in-motion effect that I was going for.  But I got it.

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Volume control?

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Getting there early let me get a better look at Laurie Wonfor Nolan’s murals that she live-painted here.  Awesome.

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Then back out into the…

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mild night.

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So what are you waiting for?  Check out THE JAZZ ROOM for yourself.

And take me with you.


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5 Responses to Got my jazz injection Saturday…

  1. Valerie says:


    These pics are BRILLIANT!! You’ve captured the life of the instruments and the joy and passion of the musicians beautifully. What a great eye you have. So glad to see you back in The Jazz Room. Come and enjoy more great times like this anytime!

    See you again soon.

    Cheers, Valerie

  2. Agnes says:

    Love those bricks! Great photos once again.

  3. M & D IN THE POINT says:

    Wow Darin… you excelled with the shots of The Jazz Room! We picked 4 that stood out for us… the AMAZING Drumstick in Motion, the two standing trumpet shots (close up and full view,) the bass close up and finally the lighted key board control unit!

    This does not mean that your other shots were less interesting… just do not want to get carried away in judging your photos or making yuo smile too much over our praise!

    Keep up the great work… have fun and it will be enjoyable!

    M & D in the Point

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