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I am very happy to announce and be apart of a new and exciting project, (among many coming out of the Northwood’s these days), in Eau Claire Wisconsin. The Arco Sessions. The Arco Sessions was an idea from a former music student of mine and other music/video/sound engineers/artists in the Chippewa Valley.
The Arco Sessions were founded in 2013 as a means for artistic collaboration between musicians, sound engineers, videographers, photographers, writers, and designers in Eau Claire, WI. Each session features a single artists’ original music re-orchestrated and re-imagined for a rotating group of local musicians. Drawing heavily from the local music scene and students at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, the session musicians prepare the arrangements in advance to be recorded with the original artist(s). Each session is recorded in a single day, with the session musicians and the songwriters spending only a few short hours meeting and working together.
The goal of the Arco Sessions is to showcase and further the blossoming creative community in Eau Claire—a city of under 70,000 residents. Though already well known for its folk and jazz musicians, Eau Claire also boasts a growing symphony orchestra, a chamber orchestra, community choirs, wide gamut of chamber groups, and ensembles tied to and growing out of UWEC – one of the most unique music and arts schools in the Midwest. The majority of musicians featured in Arco are members of one or more of the aforementioned groups, and are working towards or have received degree(s) in Music Performance or Education.
Whew, it has been awhile, but a lot has been going on! This past spring a great big band album was released that I did the lead trumpet work on and some plunger mute solo work. The album is entitled “Thought and Memory” by the Keith Karns Big Band. Keith is a good trumpet friend and all of the tunes are his arrangements or originals. After recently gradating with his Masters degree from Indiana, Keith is currently about to start his Doctoral studies at North Texas State. Here is a description of the band –
The Keith Karns Big Band is an up and coming force on the music scene in the Midwest. A student of the music of Stan Kenton, Jim McNeely, and Maria Schneider, Keith’s original compositions represent the bleeding edge of the contemporary while maintaining a firm grasp on the legacy of his predecessors. More than master instrumentalists, each member of Keith’s band is possessed of a totally individual creative voice, and by working together are able to express a truly awesome musical identity.
This is an incredible album and I am very thankful to be apart of it. Check out some sound samples, pick up the album and more information about this great project by clicking HERE!
I was also very grateful to be able to play for and be involved with the dedication of the new John L. Buchholz Jazz Library at my alma mater – the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. This collection is nothing less then astounding! The university is going to preserve this fabulous collection by digitizing all the albums and charts for generations to enjoy. There were many great jazz artists there from the area and around the world including, pianist Geoff Keezer and trombonist Jiggs Whigham.
The Collection –
The newly dedicated John L. Buchholz Jazz Library at UW-Eau Claire includes nearly 1,000 charts (sheet music) and more than 1,000 recordings collected by Texas big band leader Edward “Pete” Peterson over 60 years. Many of the items are autographed by the original artists. Among the famed jazz musicians whose original charts and recordings are in the collection are: Count Basie, Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Henry Mancini, Woody Herman, Sam Nestico, Neil Hefti, Shorty Rogers, Maynard Ferguson, Bill Holman and Stan Kenton !
Please read this incredible story HERE! – via Leader-Telegram.
Again, events and shows are always being added so check back often. A great way to keep track is follow me on Twitter – @JeffreyWalk. By keeping up-to-date with my tweets, you’ll be reminded of upcoming shows and other worthwhile experiences that deserve micro-blogging.
I LOVE going into the studio. Check out some of these great tracks. This is a awesome single from a great NYC band Nees and Vos. Check out their next show – Dec. 9th at the Gramercy Theatre in New York.
I did some work on the new Jim Pullman Band album. His album sounds great! If you like anything Ryan Adams, go get it!
“Jim Pullman’s new album “Jackals and Wolves” is a seamless body of work, combining modern power pop with the friendly familiarity of easy ’90s rock, at times reminiscent of bands like R.E.M. Made ominous by spacey guitars and mournful pedal steel, the mood of the music matches Pullman’s theme of loss and returns to his songwriting roots, tapping into more personal subject matter.”
— Rob Hanson, The Leader Telegram
Last Dance by Jim Pullman