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New Arts Jazztet: Phil Brown’s CD Release Party

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Grotto, The
Newell House


Who: New Arts Jazztet featuring Phil Brown
What: jazz CD release party
Where:
When: 2014-10-16
Thinking you have one musical genre figured out can only prove that you have so much more to learn.
Leah Williams
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Thinking you have one musical genre figured out can only prove that you have so much more to learn.

“Jazz is over one-hundred years [old] now,” SIU music professor Phil Brown told Nightlife. “A lot of what people think of as jazz, or elevator jazz, is not the only kind of jazz.”

Brown and the New Arts Jazztet celebrate Thursday, October 16 at 7:30 p.m. at a CD release party featuring songs from their new record, Arkadia. The event will take place at the Grotto Lounge at the Newell House restaurant.

Arkadia is Brown’s fourth recording as leader. Brown said the album was recorded in 2012, and on the disc, the New Arts Jazztet performed ten original songs by Brown and one track by keyboardist Mel Goot.

“There’s straight swing, Latin, contemporary, all kinds... and a couple of them are even performed with a string quartet,” Brown said.

The Newell House gig comes a couple days after the national release on October 14, so copies will be available for purchase at the performance. Fans can also find the recording through Brown’s website at <http://AcalderaJazz.com>.

Brown writes about each of the album’s compositions in Arkadia’s liner notes. The title song is a reflection on a spiritual and idyllic existence, while “Neil’s Notion” honors one of Brown’s mentors, Neil Slater. “Amethyst Eyes” was written in memory of his cousin. “Demage,” pronounced de-Mah-jay, is about an endearing young boy Brown randomly met in Cairo, Illinois, set to a blend of jazz and rock. “In Black” laments the September 11 terrorist attacks.

Brown’s last recording, Bright Side, came out in 2009 and also featured the New Arts Jazztet, as did 2004’s Darkness Into Light. The group was formed in 1984 by several members of the School of Music faculty. Current members of the group include Dick Kelley on reeds, founding member Bob Allison on trumpet, Goot on piano, Isaac Lausell on guitar, Jimmy Beers on drums, and Brown on bass.

Brown came to SIU in 1991, where he currently works as professor of double bass and jazz studies as well as coordinator of the music-business program. Throughout his music career, Brown has collaborated with a number of well-known jazz and popular-music artists— his 2003 disc, Hope Street Saunter, featured guitarist Fareed Haque.

Brown encouraged people to come out and check out the interesting assortment of Arkadia’s sounds for themselves.

“People should come out and see us,” he said. “You will get to hear all the songs on the CD live and by the same performers on stage.”

who: New Arts Jazztet featuring Phil Brown

what: jazz CD release party

where: Newell House Grotto Lounge

when: Thursday, October 16

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Band Members
Mike Alderfer - bass, vocals - Mel Goot - keyboards, vocals - Tom Hensold - timbale kit, vocals - Larry Millard - congas, djembe, percussion - Lucy Perez - vocals, percussion - Buddy Rogers - saxes, flute - Stephen Santiago - guitars, trumpet, vocals
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