Friday, July 17, 2009

QSF: Boy Scout in Switzerland

Jeremy Cohen's Quartet San Francisco performing Scott's "Boy Scout in Switzerland" for string quartet. A studio version appeared on QSF's CD Whirled Chamber Music, along with six other RS tunes.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Stu Brown's Scott Project gig alert

Stu Brown's virtuosic Raymond Scott repertory sextet will be performing at the: on August 8 as part of the festival's Scottish (no pun intended, but appreciated nonetheless) Jazz Expo. Don't forget the band has a great new CD which is fully endorsed by the Raymond Scott mavenhood.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

bells toll

A ringing endorsement of Raymond Scott's "Powerhouse" by "musical percussion theatre" ensemble Campanile. Played from a piano score with added keyboard part by Jeff Batdorf.

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Kings of Swing:
Chamber Jazz 1927-1940

An upcoming concert in London, presented by BBC Radio’s Russell Davies, will include five Raymond Scott pieces: "The Penguin," "Powerhouse," "Minuet In Jazz," "War Dance For Wooden Indians," and "In An 18th Century Drawing Room."

Also to be presented is the elegant virtuosity of the John Kirby Sextet, the piquant jazz harpsichord of Artie Shaw’s Gramercy Five, Duke Ellington's distinctive orchestrations for small bands, and the contrasting styles of jazz violin greats, Stephane Grappelli and Joe Venuti.

WHEN: Thursday, July 16th, 2009, at 7:30pm 
WHERE: Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, London

Sunday, July 05, 2009

Todd Schorr: American Surreal

Todd Schorr is a leading figure in Southern California's cartoon-based art movement, dubbed Pop Surrealism, which embraces lowbrow imagery and a ribald graphic style indebted to popular culture. Check this video preview of the Los Angeles-based artist's newest retrospective, set to a tune that's familiar to our ears. (More here, here, here, & here.)