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Newell House Grotto Lounge • Carbondale: Jewels (jazz)

Jewels - Herbie's Blues - Introducing the Jewels

Herbie's Blues

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Newell House Grotto Lounge • Carbondale: Jewels (jazz)

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Newell House Grotto Lounge • Carbondale: Jewels (jazz)

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Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra and New Arts Jazztet: Holiday Jazz

The holidays are just around the corner, and with the mistletoe and jingle bells come some of the jo
Leah Williams
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The holidays are just around the corner, and with the mistletoe and jingle bells come some of the joyous and most triumphant sounds of the year.

Holiday Jazz presents a special night of seasonal favorites Thursday, December 3 at 7:30 p.m. at Shryock Auditorium. The concert will include the individual and combined performances of Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra, vocal soloists, the SIU Studio Jazz Orchestra, and the New Arts Jazztet.

Conductor, School of Music professor, and New Arts Jazztet saxophone player Dick Kelley said the event marks the second year in a row that the orchestra and the Jazztet have joined forces to produce an end-of-the-year concert.

“It is a real treat when they come together,” Kelley said. “It’s rare, but it’s great when it happens.”

For those who want to pop the cork on the celebrations a little early, a pre-concert wine-and-cheese reception will also take place Thursday in the Shryock Auditorium balcony lobby. All ticket proceeds for the reception, hosted by Trish Guyon and the Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra Patrons Committee, will benefit the orchestra.

Ever since 1903, the Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra, which consists of university faculty and students as well as other talented community musicians, has presented several live events on campus each year.

In January 2001, the Illinois Council of Orchestras named the Southern Illinois Symphony the Community Volunteer Orchestra of the Year. In 2005, the council named its music director, Edward Benyas, Conductor of the Year in the small-orchestra category.

School of Music professor and New Arts Jazztet bassist Philip Brown has arranged several songs for Holiday Jazz, including traditional favorites and contemporary Christmas tunes. Those songs may even include a novelty medley of two cartoon classics— “Christmas Don’t Be Late” from Alvin and the Chipmunks and a song from A Charlie Brown Christmas.

Brown said he hopes Southern Illinois will come out and celebrate the beginning of the holiday season in song.

“It’s our gift to the community,” Brown said, “and we’re hoping the community sees it that way and comes out to see us.”

Tickets to Holiday Jazz cost $20 for adults and $8 for students. Tickets for the wine-and-cheese reception are $30 to attend. For tickets, call (618) 453-6000 or visit ticket outlets at McLeod or the SIU Arena. To buy online, visit <http://www.SIUSalukis.com>, click on the Tickets popup, and then on the Tickets Home link. There are no service charges for in-person purchases, though phone and online purchases will carry $2 charges.

who: Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra and New Arts Jazztet

what: holiday music

where: Shryock Auditorium

 

when: Thursday, December 3

Woody Pines: Down-home Swing at the CarbondaleRocks Revival

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Carbondale Music Coalition
Tres Hombres


Who: Woody Pines / Gentle Ben
What: Americana, jazz, festivals and fairs
Where:
When: 2015-09-10
Woody Pines will perform Thursday, September 10 at Tres Hombres with Gentle Ben supporting. The show
Brett Haynes
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Woody Pines will perform Thursday, September 10 at Tres Hombres with Gentle Ben supporting. The show is part of the CarbondaleRocks Revival festival.

Woody Pines is a swoon-worthy troubadour who sounds as sweet and lush as a root-beer float and as homey as a beaten old front porch in Alto Pass on a warm fall evening. Woody describes his music as “Down-home swing. It’s a juke-joint house party feel with little bit storytelling.”

The musical roots of Woody Pines go all the way back to New Orleans circa 1998, where he went to school and performed with the Kitchen Syncopators. After school Woody packed up to Ohio, where he released his first solo album, Rags to Riches, in 2006. There have been nine releases and two relocations since Rags to Riches. Woody Pines now takes up residence in Nashville, Tennessee.

Woody Pines is currently touring in support of his tenth album, a self-titled affair, which Muddy Roots Records released in May. Stream it online at <http//www.WoodyPines.com>. The tour started off overseas and is wrapping up in the States.

Nightlife caught up with him on a short tour break for an enlightening and inspiring interview.

When did you start playing music?

I started out when I was five, playing homemade drums and homemade string instruments and harmonica.

How did you decide on the name Woody Pines?

Me and my pals in high school were into all the old blues guys who had pseudonyms. I had a hard time coming up with one until someone said, “You already have a great name, Woody!” Pines just sort of fell from the sky.

How has the Nashville scene treated you?

The Nashville scene has been really supportive. It’s great to come home from a tour and be able to go out and see great live music any night of the week. It’s also great to be around so many great performers all the time. When you’re from a small town, you feel like an outcast because music is so important to you and you think you’re the only one. Then when you move to Nashville, everyone around you is working hard in the music world and you feel like you’ve found your people.

So you started off busking and took off from there? Is that a common way to get started in Nashville?

I don’t think so much in Nashville. But when I was in New Orleans it seemed liked everyone paid their dues playing on the streets. Then you’d see them in the clubs, and if that didn’t kill them you’d [see] bands take off. Bands like the Deslondes, Meschiya Lake and the Little Big Horns, the Loose Marbles, Cory Harris, Madeleine Peyroux, people who are touring the world now were all playing in the streets of New Orleans.

What changed while you were busking to get you on the path of touring and signing with Muddy Roots?

Nothing, really. Maybe planning. You have to plan ahead to do a tour. When you busk, you stick your head out the door and say, “It’s a nice day. Let’s make some music.”

You have one self-titled release on Muddy Roots. What does that album mean to you?

I wanted to make the album have the energy of the live show, but also have a big acoustic sound. I also wanted put the new songs I’ve written with Felix Hatfield on the record. We have cowritten songs together for years and he is a big part of my life. The new album has a few traditional folk songs on there as well. These are important because American roots and traditional music is our music after all, and it’s our job to keep them growing and evolving

Do you have any new recordings in the works?

While on tour, we’ve been posting bootleg recordings of live shows we get from radio stations and sound guys. I’m mostly touring the new album now, but starting to write some new tunes that I hope will be on the next album.

You have the Muddy Roots Music Festival coming up. What is that all about?

Muddy Roots Festival, yes! Looking forward to that all year. It’s gonna be a great lineup this year as well. People come from all over the world to be part of this punk/roots/bluegrass/country/folk festival. The organizers are really forward-thinking to put all these bands together in one festival.

How has the tour been going? Are there any highlights we should know of?

So far, so good. We just got a new, bigger van, so now have room for a few more friends and musicians. It’s fun to travel with a good crew of people.

This year so far I have played a show on a boat in Martha’s Vineyard, a train in Tennessee, and a cave 333 feet underground at the Bluegrass Underground.

We started the year off with four weeks in the U.K., Ireland, and Germany. We released the album overseas first and sold out six or seven shows over there. Already, we have next march booked in the U.K., Ireland, Germany, and I just got a request today about coming to Belgium and the Netherlands, so it’s pretty exciting.

Who are some of your major influences who do not at all sound like how you sound?

Harry Houdini and Mark Twain.

What is it about music that makes you want to play?

Music is like food— you can’t eat it, but it feeds you.

What are some major themes of your songwriting?

The continuing adventures of characters from the American folk world, hobos, and alligators. Love, death, and small-town dynasties.

If you were incapable of playing music, what do you think you would do instead?

Paint music.

Who in your opinion is the worst musical artist in the world?

Someone who is making music they don’t like for money.

The best?

Someone who is making music they love for no money.

Do you have any advice for aspiring musicians?

Keep at it and follow your heart no matter what. If you have two hearts, then... I don’t know what to do.

who: Woody Pines / Gentle Ben

what: CarbondaleRocks Revival (jazz, Americana)

where: Tres Hombres

 

when: Thursday, September 10

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