Musicians who have played professionally over a period of time all have had their share of unforgettable, funny and outrageous mishaps on the job. It"s these funny events that we are incorporating as a feature into this column as "Tales from Inside the Bandstand."
Brenda Williams will be the guest vocalist with the Jason Curry Quartet at the New Fountain Lounge Wednesday, Jan. 29.
Guitarist and co-leader of Dog Talk Bill Lancton shared this real incident as told to him by bassist Steve Dokken. "Steve was right out of high school and one of his first gigs was up in Minnesota with an accordion player. This guy had a pretty good reputation for hitting the Jack Daniels bottle. So they were sitting there and playing and the accordion player was sitting down and started rocking and all of sudden the whole band sees him falling backwards. He falls off of his chair toward the drums, and the drummer is trying to get his drums out of the way but the guy falls down and hits the bass drum pedal sounding a loud boom! "Everybody looks up from their dinners and he is laying there behind the drums. Steve looks down at him and the guy says in a very drunk voice, "OK now, don"t make a scene."" Mark Buselli, trumpeter, educator and co-leader of the Buselli Wallarab Jazz Orchestra, recalls his most embarrassing moment on the bandstand. "In the early "80s, I was in a showband playing in Jefferson City. We were playing on a 4-foot stage and I had my conga drums set up right on the edge of the stage on my stand. A bunch of people was setting down there listening right in the front rows. I started banging away on the conga drums and the stand broke and the drums fell off the stage and rolled into the audience. The band completely cracked up so much they had to stop playing. Of course, I had to walk down and pick the drums up." Singer Mary Moss, who carries a vast repertoire of songs in her performances, remembers this incident of being stumped by a customer. "We were in the bar area of this place having a good time playing, when in walked this gentlemen who had had a few too many. He was a happy kind of person who walked up to me and said in a slurred speech, "Mary, I want you to play this song for me." I said, OK, what do you want to hear? He replied, "I want you to play this song called "Over Sleepy."" I asked, "What do you mean, "Over Sleepy"?" He said, "You know what I am talking about; you play it for me all the time." So I asked him to hum it for me because I didn"t know what he was talking about. Then he started to sing, "When the deep purple falls over sleepy waterfalls."" Stay tuned for more episodes of "Tales from Inside the Bandstand." Jazz happenings
Take the chill out of your bod, warm up to some hot jazz this week around Indy. Downtown
Friday, Jan. 24, the Chatterbox has the original sounds of pianist/vocalist Jeff DeHerdt"s Quartet with fresh instrumental and vocal stylings. Saturday, lovers of the B-3 sound will be able to jam with former Indy resident drummer Ron Enyard"s Quartet, which really cooks. Music both nights goes from 10:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Circle City Bar & Grill in the Marriott has jazz to compliment its Wednesday wine tasting from 5 to 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, Jan. 25, Conga Jazz performs from 7 to 11 p.m. The Elbow Room Sunday Jazz Brunch features from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. the soft jazz sounds of Tom Sullivan on guitar and Duncan Putman on bass. Northside
The Jazz Kitchen has the fluid tenor saxophone excursions of Rob Dixon"s Quartet on Friday, Jan. 24. There will be two shows at 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. Get your dancing shoes on for Saturday, when Seven Pleasures lights up the room with its high-energy acid jazz, funk, soul and hip-hop grooves for two get-down sets at 9 and 11 p.m. LuLu"s at the Fashion Mall celebrates its grand opening on Thursday, Jan. 23 with the swinging vocals of Mary Moss, backed up by Carl Hines on piano, Mingo Jones on bass and Ray Cumberland on drums from 7 to 11 p.m. The New Fountain Lounge has Brenda Williams as the guest vocalist with the Jason Curry Quartet on Wednesday, Jan. 29. Sullivan"s Steakhouse features hard-swinging jazz with the trio of Claude Sifferlen, piano, Joe Deal, bass, and Ron Brinson, drums, Friday and Saturday, Jan. 24 and 25, performing from 7 to 11:30 p.m. Northwest
Rick"s Cafe Boatyard"s new lineup has guitarist Steve Weakly playing for Sunday brunch; Tim Brickley sings Sunday nights. On Monday, it"s the Rob Dixon Quartet; Tuesday, the Roberto Monsalve Quartet; Wednesday, Tim Brickley; Thursday and Friday, it"s the sax of Richard Torres" group; and on Saturday, Monika Herzig Acoustic Trio. Evening music goes from 7 to 10 p.m. Chuck Workman is the producer/ host of the Sunday Morning Jazz Show on 107.9 WTPI.