Parlor Blues Is On Track

Posted: August 26, 2016 in Uncategorized

I always have this problem, I start a blog and then don’t keep it up. Well, I’m going to try to do better this time.

So there’s lots of news to report since my last post in early July. Pam and I bought a house in Kent that has room enough to rehearse a band. It’s a new-ish (2010) cedar construction with excellent insulation so we can rehearse in our living room and not disturb the neighbors.

And we’ve had two rehearsals already with our new band featuring Gordon B on tenor sax and David Hudson on drums. Gordon plays regularly with the Fabulous Roofshakers and David is one of the top pros in the area playing with a variety of well-known acts. We feel really fortunate to have connected with such great musicians — not to mention great guys!

We’re currently ramping up our repertoire and planning to play for friends at our place soon as a kind of trial run. I’m hoping to work up 2 solid sets of material in the next couple of months and start gigging by the end of the year. Stay tuned.

The Parlor Blues Band

Posted: July 2, 2016 in Welcome

I’m finally resurrecting the Parlor Blues Band. This was a band I started several years ago in Washington, DC with an excellent group of jazz musicians and the fabulous miss Oma Pearl as our lead singer. Unfortunately that band only played one gig before I was called to move to Seattle and marry my college sweetheart Pam Greene.

It’s been 6 1/2 wonderful years since I moved to the Pacific NW, and I’ve played a lot of terrific music in that time with a number of different acts. But I’m finally ready to get back to this idea and really flesh it out. My idea this time is to have a core that consists of me on guitar and vocals and Pam on the upright bass. We’ve been playing together for several years now and can definitely do a nice cocktail hour type show, just the two of us.

However we’re also networking with some excellent players around town so that we can scale up as needed to a full band. The players we’re talking to are pros who are already familiar with most of our repertoire and can be ready to perform with minimal rehearsal. With subs we can be available to play pretty much anywhere, anytime.

For example, add a drummer and a tenor sax player we can play uptempo swing and jump blues numbers that will get toes a-tappin’! So stay tuned as we nail down the details, we should be out gigging soon!

Here’s a link to our first promo kit: