Why are they called “Buena Vista?”
Why, it’s just ’cause they look so damned good!
And they play good too!
Modeled on Eddie Condon’s band that held forth in New York in the 30s and 40s, the Buena Vista Jazz Band plays the original American chamber music, birthed by black musicians in New Orleans at the turn of the 20th century– a musical tradition that traveled up the big muddy Mississippi to Chicago and flooded across the continent, sailed the seas, resonates still. Syncopated, intricate, freewheeling and joyful.
Every year, we ask the Buena Vista Jazz Band back to Bird & Beckett to help us wish a happy birthday to Louis Armstrong, himself born at the turn of the 20th, whose birthday is traditionally celebrated on Independence Day.
The Buena Vista Jazz Band features:
Don Neely on clarinet
John Hunt on trombone
Noel Weidkamp on trumpet
Si Perkoff on piano
Duncan James on guitar
Al Obidinski on bass
Greg Gotelli on drums
What a band!
Come on out and help us celebrate!
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...
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The IMA can be a conduit for you, if you join in to make it work.
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