Don’t miss the rockin’ wonder from Down UnderÂ known as Pugsley Buzzard, playing his third solo show at Bird & Beckett..
Pugs isÂ at once a rollicking stride piano master and a gravelly voiced singer, plumbing theÂ extremesÂ of dark fate and wry, whisky-soaked self-reflection.Â He playsÂ barrelhouse blues & boogie woogie, growlsÂ his dark & titillating songs, and pumps outÂ magnificent Harlem stride with a monstrous left hand and a dextrous right one. Â A Sunday afternoon of good company, good musicÂ &Â a glass of decent wine… add a book to that mix, and, why, it’s magic!
Read on for a rave review of a recent show by Pugsley in Perth and check Pugsley’s website at http://www.pugsleybuzzard.com/Â for sound files and more.Â We’re proud that Bird & Beckett is his San Francisco home base… Â He’s also at Pier 23 and Oakland’s Sound Room on this west coast swing before heading to New Orleans and back home.Â Last we heard, he has plans to record a new album in the Big Easy whileÂ sojourning there.
ELLINGTON JAZZÂ CLUB
25 January, 2013Â
Built like a barrel, sporting aÂ jet-black goatee and moustache and a waistcoat with watch chain, Buzzard couldÂ have stepped straight out of the Deep South. Indeed, he has spent time in NewÂ Orleans and its surrounds, though he hails from Perth and now lives in Sydney.Â In this instance, first impressions turn out to be on the money because theÂ moment Buzzard growls good evening and plinks the piano keys, we are in honkeyÂ tonk, gravelly jazz heaven.
BuzzardÂ is equal parts pianist and vocalist, and it is hard to know which to be moreÂ awed by. Buzzard turned out jazz standards such as Dinah, which in boogie styleÂ was hardly recognizable compared to Dean Martinâ€™s mellifluous rendition, andÂ Fats Wallerâ€™sThe Viperâ€™s Drag.Â His own numbers however, and aÂ couple he picked in the US recently, were Buzzard at his dirty, bluesy, rag-timeÂ best.Â Black DogÂ was a musical education in the underbelly ofÂ depression; a talking blues number calledÂ Rag-timeÂ MonkeyÂ elicited audience participation and was rollicking good fun;Â and inÂ Bad Attitude, Buzzardâ€™s snarling, petulant vocals declaredÂ he was in need of a double â€“ one for him, and one for his badÂ attitude.
MentionÂ must be made of Buzzardâ€™s sensational supporting musicians; Phil Waldron andÂ Angus Diggs, on double bass and drums respectively. It appears they got the memoÂ on pre-requisite facial hair, as they also displayed rather impressive beardsÂ and moustaches. Buzzard was generous in creating space for Waldron and Diggs toÂ get creative with solos, and they displayed the skill and intuitive ability ofÂ those whose lifeâ€™s work is playing music. Buzzard and bandâ€™s improvisationalÂ abilities were also extremely impressive, and one had the distinct impressionÂ that these three never play a song the same way twice. Which means that FridayÂ night at The Ellington was a one-night-only kind ofÂ special.
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