“Now when you’re feeling low and the fish won’t bite, you need a little bit ‘o soul to put you right.”
We have a virtual music explosion coming up over the next week and it all kicks off with something of a doubleheader this very evening, Tuesday, Sept. 10.
Over at Max Noah Recital Hall on the Georgia College campus, a program with the intriguing title of Double Take and Haydon/Parker Duo Plus — Concert will take place.
Now Don Parker is the chair of the GC Music Department and is a mighty fine player of the vibes. At least, that is what I am most familiar with based on his contributions to the community jazz jams.
This concert will feature Don on percussion. Some of his "guests" will include Sheryl Linch-Parker on trumpet, Geoff Haydon on piano and Craig Shaw on bass.
Don't have any details regarding what's on tap for the program but based on Don Parker's expertise on vibraphone, I'm sure there will be some swinging tunes thrown in there somewhere!
This concert starts at 7:30.
But there is more music coming from Don and his friends.
Shortly after finishing up the “formal” recital, this swinging group of hep cats will be packing up their instruments and heading over to Amici Café in downtown Milledgeville.
The music will keep on moving and a-grooving at that point as the same musicians take part in a late-night jazz jam session!
Start time is slated for 9 p.m. but be a little flexible on that one as the band will have to trek over from Porter Hall to Amici. Let’s say, “around” 9 p.m.
So you can either get a double dose of what’s sure to be some great bopping music, or you can choose the setting that you more prefer.
Oh … and this is not the same as the community jazz jams that take place at Amici — though they are scheduled to start up soon as well.
Now if your tastes tend to favor some fine vocal warbling, you will want to head to Max Noah Recital Hall on Friday, Sept. 13, when a “Voice Honors Recital,” featuring nine GC music students, will take place.
Dr. Hue Jang and Dr. Lev Ryabinin will accompany the vocal students. This also starts at 7:30 p.m.
Now we move up a week to Saturday, Sept. 21. On that evening, the fine folks at Allied Arts will present an evening of jazz with the Melvin Jones Quartet.
The Melvin Jones Quartet is made up of Melvin Jones, Tyrone Jackson, Larry Wilson, and Craig Shaw.
All four of these cats have some mighty fine pedigrees in terms of their jazz backgrounds. Melvin Jones, for example, hails from Memphis and has been recording professionally since 1998 — while still a student at Morehouse College! During that same year, Melvin along with other classmates formed a wildly successful Latin Jazz Ensemble named Rio Negro that went forward to record three albums under their own name, while performing nationally before huge audiences.
Tyrone Jackson is nationally recognized and has traveled the world as a solo artist and sideman. Born in the New Orleans cradle of jazz, Jackson embodies the spirit of the Crescent City. The blends of jazz, funk and Afro-Caribbean melodies are ever-present in his work.
Larry Wilson began playing drums in church at the ripe old age of three. He serves as musical director for many artists and bands around the country. As a producer, musician, and engineer, Larry has more than 40 album credits to his name — and counting.
Craig Shaw is a native of Atlanta whose musical background spans affiliations with a number of world-class musicians. The impressive resume of artists he has worked with includes the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Kenny Garrett, Lalo Schifrin, Jon Faddis, Ellis Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Paquito D'Rivera, Ignaccio Berroa, T.K. Blue, among many others.
In other words, this is a true world-class gathering of musicians.
The concert will take place in the Magnolia Ballroom located in the GC student center, which is at the corner of Hancock and Liberty streets. Start time is 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $20 and are available in advance by going to milledgevillealliedarts.com.
All proceeds from ticket sales will go to support Allied Arts and Georgia College Music Department programming and scholarships.
Finally, on Monday, Sept. 23, the GC Music Department will present a guest artist recital featuring Soo Hong Kim, soprano, and Boeun Kim, piano. 7:30 p.m. at Max Noah Recital Hall is the time and location.
By the way — except for the Melvin Jones Quartet, the other musical events sponsored by the GC Music Department are free of charge but donations are encouraged and welcome to help support music scholarships.
Our opening lyrics are from the song “A Little Bit o’ Soul” and was a big hit for the Music Explosion, a band from Mansfield, Ohio. It had been recorded previously but the version by the Music Explosion was a major hit, reaching No. 2 on the Billboard charts in 1967, an unusual achievement for a relatively unknown garage band.
The lyrics of the song have virtually nothing to do with this week’s column (other than they’re sort of cool) but the group was the Music Explosion and we have a kind of music explosion taking place with all the events coming up over the next two weeks.
Hey, you take ‘em where you get ‘em.
“You gotta make like you want to kneel and pray. And then a little bit of soul will come your way.”
Catch you on the flip side.