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Take Three at the Russian Club Thursday 11th March 7p.m. Special Guest Madison Cooper $15

21/03/2013

Take Three play jazz, originals and covers live at the Russian Club

with special guest acclaimed singer Madison Cooper.

Three-piece band Take Three is one of several bands playing Aucklands club, pub and cafe circuit. Formed by singing and guitar teacher Stephen Galvin with Benedict Hagar on bass and Drum tutor Andrew Lamont the band plays contemporary and old-school jazz standards, originals and covers. This show features Madison Cooper a dynamic young singer with a poweful and expressive stage presence. Madison says "You sit and listen then as as you hear something you know you get up and dance!" The club has a great vibe for a Thursday night date serving cocktails, Baltika - Russian beer, vodka specials and Champagne for sophisticates. Thursday 11th March 7p.m. Chill to the sound of jazz, listen to three of New Zealand's top session musicians, dance to the music of Take Three with Madison Cooper.

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Mueva Los Huesos Bass Lesson

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Mueva Los Huesos Bass Lesson

Mueva Los Huesos

In response to a request from Ekerette Uko, here is a track called Mueva Los Huesos or ‘Move Your Body’. It was written by Gordon Goodwin (b.1954) , an American pianist, composer and arranger and played by the Big Phat Band. The style is a Latin-American groove I would describe as being in the big band tradition mixed with an element of a Disney Showband. It is jazz-influenced and has a childlike almost naive cheerfulness.

The style has a mixture of very tight sectional phrases played by the brass and saxophones, with a guitar and bass in the rhythm section and I think three drummers playing a complex layered line. There are also solos for soprano saxophone, trumpet and percussion.

Mueva is in A minor based on a 17 bar chord progression using:

8 bar percussion Intro
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32 bar Unison Riff 2 (8 bar Riff played four times with polyphonic brass melodies)
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Am B E7 Am C F E7 Am (Bass plays melody)
Am B E7 Am C F E7 Am Ami
C F E7 Am C F E7 Am (Chords)
C F E7 Am C F B7 E7
Am B E7 Am C F E7 Am Ami
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33 bar Unison figures echoed by percussion solos.
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16 bar Unison Riff 1
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4 bar Interlude
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Am B E7 Am C F E7 Am Saxophone solo
Am B E7 Am C F E7 Am
C F E7 Am C F E7 Am
C F E7 Am C F B7 E7
Am B E7 Am C F E7 Am
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16 bar Unison Riff 1
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C F E7 Am C F E7 Am
C F E7 Am C F B7 E7
Am B E7 Am C F E7
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Am B E7 Am C F E7 Am Trumpet solo
Am B E7 Am C F E7 Am
C F E7 Am C F E7 Am
C F E7 Am C F B7 E7
Am B E7 Am C F E7 Am
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9 bar Ami Outro
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4 bar Interlude (I play a brief solo in this clip)
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For this video I mixed the bass louder than it would normally be just to highlight what I think is an interesting bass line that has a mixture of written parts and also opportunities for improvisation and variation.

The thing about playing with brass players is they are very much into rhythmic precision making sure that the players synchronise their articulations, staccato, legato, marcato, breathing, tone, and dynamics. This presents some challenges for the bass when we play unison passages because the bass is slow to speak as they say. So the bass needs to get up on the beat. To help most players would as in this video opt for a bright trebly sound in this case focused on the bridge pickup.

This tune was on the programme of a show I played with the West City Jazz Orchestra in west Auckland 25th March 2017. We rehearsed it but did not perform it. I hope we play it again another time.

Stephen Galvin
Musician
LTCL BMus BA MMus(Hons.) Diploma Teaching
www.basslessonsauckland.com

Music As Resistance

21/03/2013

Music As Resistance

From: http://www.abcstudios.co.nz/Music%20As%20Resistance.htm

Musicians are funny people. By funny I do not mean they are comedians. Sometimes they are, of course. Look at Flight of The Conchords! Very funny. Then we all know that musicians carry strange-looking cases around town. They put double basses in taxi-cabs and lug great speaker-boxes into small bars. We know this already. What I mean is that musicians as a bunch are funny-peculiar. They are on the one hand, quite conservative, disciplined, sometimes obsessive and fiercely dedicated to their craft. At the same time they can also be free, flexible in thought and custom, tolerant of diversity and open-minded.

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21/03/2013

Stephen Galvin - Musician

Stephen Galvin LTCL BMus BA MMus (Hons.) Dip. Tchg. is a leading Music Educator, Performer and Producer with extensive knowledge and experience in a wide variety of genres and real-life music projects. From music-theatre, classical music, jazz, contemporary shows, recording studio, private teaching and classroom instruction Stephen brings a comprehensive background in music to each musical project. Working in close detail, middle management and executive roles Stephen Galvin has the background experience and know-how to make music work. Contact details at the ABC Studios website: www.abcstudios.co.nz