Band is Coming Together

Posted: November 18, 2016 in Uncategorized

I’m not even going to address the gap between this and my last blog post, I’m just going to try to do better. So a lot has happened in the past few months. Pam and I got settled into our new house and immediately put a small combo together — drums, bass, tenor sax and me singing and playing guitar. We found a wonderful sax man, Gordon Benson, and initially started working with David Hudson who is a well-known drummer in the area. But he was too busy to make it work so I turned to my old friend Eric Stevens.

Eric is actually one of the best trombone players in the metro area, but he’s also a terrific drummer. I’d worked with Eric in a church band when I first moved to the NW and then we had tried to put together a classic rock cover band a few years ago, but it wasn’t working and just didn’t feel like the right direction for me. Anyway, I’m thrilled to be working with Eric again, he gets what I’m trying to accomplish with Parlor Blues.

We’ve only had a few rehearsals because we’re all so busy, but Pam and I have been working to get the repertoire together. It’s a nice mix of jump blues, swing and early rock & roll. I have a good feeling about this group! I expect things to pick up quickly after the 1st of the year. Stay tuned.

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: https://www.gigsalad.com/the_parlor_blues_band_kent