Pugsley Buzzard is Back!
Stride Piano Champ from Down Under
Sunday June 2nd, 4:30-6:30 pm
Don’t miss the rockin’ wonder from Down Under known as Pugsley Buzzard, playing his third solo show at Bird & Beckett..
Pugs is at once a rollicking stride piano master and a gravelly voiced singer, plumbing the extremes of dark fate and wry, whisky-soaked self-reflection. He plays barrelhouse blues & boogie woogie, growls his dark & titillating songs, and pumps out magnificent Harlem stride with a monstrous left hand and a dextrous right one. A Sunday afternoon of good company, good music & 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/ for sound files and more. We’re proud that Bird & Beckett is his San Francisco home base… He’s also at Pier 23 and Oakland’s Sound Room on this west coast swing before heading to New Orleans and back home. Last we heard, he has plans to record a new album in the Big Easy while sojourning there.
ELLINGTON JAZZ CLUB
25 January, 2013
Built like a barrel, sporting a jet-black goatee and moustache and a waistcoat with watch chain, Buzzard could have stepped straight out of the Deep South. Indeed, he has spent time in New Orleans and its surrounds, though he hails from Perth and now lives in Sydney. In this instance, first impressions turn out to be on the money because the moment Buzzard growls good evening and plinks the piano keys, we are in honkey tonk, gravelly jazz heaven.
Buzzard is equal parts pianist and vocalist, and it is hard to know which to be more awed by. Buzzard turned out jazz standards such as Dinah, which in boogie style was hardly recognizable compared to Dean Martin’s mellifluous rendition, and Fats Waller’sThe Viper’s Drag. His own numbers however, and a couple he picked in the US recently, were Buzzard at his dirty, bluesy, rag-time best. Black Dog was a musical education in the underbelly of depression; a talking blues number called Rag-time Monkey elicited audience participation and was rollicking good fun; and in Bad Attitude, Buzzard’s snarling, petulant vocals declared he was in need of a double – one for him, and one for his bad attitude.
Mention must be made of Buzzard’s sensational supporting musicians; Phil Waldron and Angus Diggs, on double bass and drums respectively. It appears they got the memo on pre-requisite facial hair, as they also displayed rather impressive beards and moustaches. Buzzard was generous in creating space for Waldron and Diggs to get creative with solos, and they displayed the skill and intuitive ability of those whose life’s work is playing music. Buzzard and band’s improvisational abilities were also extremely impressive, and one had the distinct impression that these three never play a song the same way twice. Which means that Friday night at The Ellington was a one-night-only kind of special.
Our events are put on under the umbrella of the nonprofit Bird & Beckett Cultural Legacy Project (the "BBCLP"). That's how we fund our ambitious schedule of 300 or so concerts and literary events every year.
The BBCLP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit...
[Read More ]
Gigging musicians! You have nothing to lose but your lack of a collective voice to achieve fair wages for your work!
The IMA can be a conduit for you, if you join in to make it work.
Read more here - Andy Gilbert's Feb 25 article about the IMA from KQED's site