Labour Day Blues, Sept '05

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What a fantastic night! Jim of the Pacific Blues Cooperative asked us to "play with ass." Nick and Greg played like they haven't had sex in 10 years. Boy did they sound hungry! Carly was perfect that night. She has such a great voice for the blues. And Alex Kelley is great to work with. He feeds me so many ideas I can incorporate into my rhythm playing.

Below are the free MP3 samples, as promised.

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Live at The Ridge

Carly Jepsen at Trees Cafe
Carly Jepsen at Trees Cafe

Despite the name, the Blue Morris 6 has seven members, though we frequently play with just six, and recently played as a quintet at the Ridge Coffee Roasting Company in Maple Ridge. This causes some confusion for our audiences, but it gives us a good chuckle.

No matter, the band played wonderfully that night and I have a few choice cuts posted below which you can download for free.

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Live at the Lamp! Free MP3s

The dirty thirties are back! Last Thursday night we played BC Book and Magazine Week's Pre-launch party. This dirty-thirties themed party was held at the Lamplighter in Gastown. The club was decorated with thirties style decor and even had old newspapers on the tables.

We recorded the performance and below I've posted free MP3s you can download.

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Stomp It Off! Nov '05

About a year ago, I was at a dance at the Legion Auditorium run by Jungle Swing and I was picturing myself playing with the band. So, I started my own band! Last Saturday we played that very gig and the band absolutely swung their asses off!

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The Freedom and the Limitations

On the Challenges of Learning Jazz Guitar

On the piano, middle C is always the same white key near the middle of the keyboard. There's only one place to play that note on the piano. On the guitar, there are three or four different places to play any given note in the same octave. With only a split second to find that note during your solo, which middle-C do you choose?

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