Monday, April 19, 2010

Centenary Percussion Ensemble presents a FREE concert Thursday April 22, 2010 at 7:30 PM in Anderson Hall Hurley School of Music

The Centenary Percussion Ensemble with conductor Chandler Teague will present a free concert this Thursday evening April 22 - 7:30 PM Hurley School of Music. I am assured there will be a variety of music and a variety of instruments played by the members of the group, some of whom will be soloing.

I had a chance this evening to hear several of the pieces while the ensemble were in rehearsal and took the photos below to introduce you to the members. Enjoy the concert!!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

And all that jazz with Chris, Matt and Galen

I went downtown recently to the riverfront, specifically the Barnwell, to take a look around with bassist Chris Allen, pianist Matt Harris and drummer Galen Smith, members of the Symphonic Jazz Summit who say they are the best in cool jazz. We were looking for a very kool place to take photos for a cool group. Dorothy Rivette kept us all moving along the yellow brick road.

Outside the Barnwell it was beautiful but sunny and inside the atrium it was shady but humidly HOT. So while the guys posed endlessly and graciously, I shot photos until I think my hands were numb. Bridges, palm fronds, crepe myrtle, red maples, azaleas, domes, ponds, the Red River, sculptures, fountains, fish, staircases, photo galleries and of course the cool guys looking for just the right location that with a little tweeking here and there would produce just the right coolness for a cool jazz trio photo.

Symphonic Jazz Summit
The Best in Cooool Jazz

call Chris at 318.617.4151 for bookings

photos by sjwr

drummer Galen Smith - bassist Chris Allen, pianist Matt Harris

Galen, Matt, Chris

Come hear us at the Barnwell in June

photo by Dorothy Rivette, edited by sjwr

Monday, April 5, 2010

Sounds of Easter at St. Marks Cathedral

St Marks Cathedral Easter Ensemble 2010

Chandler Teague, Timpani - Stephen Thompson, Mark Thompson, Trombone - Susan W. Rogers, Horn - David Densmore, Galindo Rodriguez, Trumpet

Photo of ensemble above by Janis Teague & edited by sjwr

Following many years of tradition St. Marks Cathedral in Shreveport has utilized a Brass ensemble and Timpani to augment its choir and organ at the Sunday morning Easter service. Such a glorious sound it is that many of the congregation at the conclusion of the service gather around the choir loft and spill into the hallway to hear the Vidor Toccata, an anual tradition. Nothing can compare. Afterward in the courtyard the children run around stuffing their baskets with colored eggs filled with candy.

trombonists Mark and Stephen Thompson

Mark Thompson, Stephen Thompson, Galindo Rodriguez, David Densmore -
missing from the photo Organist and Choirmaster Don Smith, Chan Teague and me

the Easter Egg Hunt is in full swing