Thursday, November 16, 2017

Acker Bilk and Hubert Rostaing at The Bop Stop

I've had a surge of gratitude since playing our concert last night at the Bop Stop. Those who were there know we started with a set of gypsy jazz, dedicated to Hubert Rostaing and Django Reinhardt. The second set was dedicated to Acker Bilk's compositions.
At the beginning of the second, I asked the audience how many folks had ever heard of Acker (he's not well known on this side of the pond). I was surprised that nearly every table had someone enthusiastically raising a hand.
At the very end of the gig, after we'd played "Coffee & Ackercake" I asked them how many had ever heard that song performed live. No one raised a hand...it was the first time any of them had gotten the chance to really hear it.
Both my wife (who was in the audience) and the manager of the Bop Stop, Gabe Pollack, told me stories of couples at tables reacting emotionally to what we were doing--excited to actually hear a band playing this music for once.
Acker's music has had a profound impact on my playing and song writing. It's deceptively simple, sunny music. What you find if you play it enough, though, is a unique type of joyful depth, demanding a soulful musical language of its own. To think that we brought that to people eager to hear it last night, in a creative way...to share musical goodness like that...that's what this historical jazz clarinet concert series is all about.
I love the Benny Goodman tributes, and all of those things...they are important and people love that music...but when we can perform tunes that would otherwise be entirely lost or unperformed...when we can essentially start a musical tradition before it can't be started...as an artist, let me tell you, that is truly a great privilege.
Thank you to everyone who came out last night. We play one more in this epic series--two weeks from now we'll focus on my originals (about 15-17 tunes worth of my stuff), and some other that we didn't get to this fall (I want to play "Si Tu Vois Ma Mere" by Bechet and some others yet..) So don't miss us on the 29th at 7pm--the final installment of the 2017 Historical Jazz Clarinet Series at the BOP STOP.




Eric Seddon's Hot Club at The BOP STOP in Cleveland




Sunday, November 12, 2017

"Jeremiah Blues" by Eric Seddon * Live at the Bop Stop * November 1, 2017

Here's a tune I wrote earlier this Fall, called "Jeremiah Blues"...

Eric Seddon, clarinet
Jim Davis, cornet
Kevin Richards, guitar
Gene Epstein, bass
Bill Fuller, drums

video, William Laufer





Friday, November 10, 2017

'Go Down, Moses' live at the BOP STOP

I'm very grateful Bill Laufer captured this performance on film at our most recent concert at the Bop Stop in Cleveland. One of my persistent goals with this band has been to present new, fresh versions of the traditional spirituals which form the backbone of jazz history. At the Bop Stop, I spoke a bit about my theories of jazz clarinet--that the klezmer influences of the great Jewish American players like Artie Shaw and Benny Goodman melded with the African American and Creole New Orleans styles, creating a uniquely lyrical, virtuosic, and soulful legacy. A Spiritual like "Go Down Moses", poetically touching both major streams of American Jazz clarinet heritage, seemed the perfect meeting place stylistically.
I think this moment was a special one in our concert series so far. Very glad it was recorded--thanks Bill!
yours truly, clarinet
Jim Davis, cornet
Kevin Richards, guitar
Gene Epstein, bass
Bill Fuller, drums
video by Bill Laufer






Friday, October 20, 2017

Benny Goodman: Blue Collar Virtuoso * Live at The Bop Stop

Last Wednesday's tribute to Benny Goodman at Cleveland's Bop Stop nightclub was a blast. Here are some videos...

First, my chorus on a favorite Benny Goodman number, "A Smooth One"



Next,  the ending theme of an original of mine called "(That's Just) The Way It Goes" (captured and shared by Hot Club enthusiast Bill Laufer).


Enjoy, and Keep Swinging!

Eric Seddon, clarinet
Jim Davis, cornet
Kevin Richards, guitar
Gene Epstein, bass
Bill Fuller, drums 

Eric Seddon's Hot Club Live @ The Bop Stop in Cleveland, OH (photo: Bill Laufer)


Thursday, October 5, 2017

Eric Seddon's Hot Club live @ The Bop Stop

Last night we continued our six concert Trad Jazz Invasion of one of the finest jazz rooms in Cleveland--The Bop Stop. A fan caught a few choruses of my tune 'Everything's Jake' on her phone and shared it with us--you can check it out below.

Eric Seddon, clarinet
Jim Davis, cornet
Kevin Richards, guitar
Gene Epstein, bass
Bill Fuller, drums



Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Some Photos from The Cleveland Museum of Art's Jazz Cafe Series



George Foley and I kicked off the Jazz Cafe at the Cleveland Museum of Art yesterday: a musical series to coincide with their exquisite Jazz Age exhibit. I was particularly gratified that they chose Josephine Baker as the symbol of their exhibit. In tribute, George and I lead off with Sidney Bechet's "What a Dream", Bechet having played in her Revue Negre in Paris...



Eric Seddon (& Josephine Baker)



George Foley (piano) & Eric Seddon (clarinet)




 

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Eric Seddon's Hot Club live @ The Music Box Supper Club TONIGHT

Almost exactly two years ago, The Music Box Supper Club gave us our first chance to play a nightclub in Cleveland. Before then,the gigs had been tough to scratch out; after that they came steadily. Ever since, we've always been happy to return to one of our favorite place to play. Here's a clip (taken by friend of the band, Reid Patterson) of our performance opening for Preservation Hall Jazz Band earlier this summer. Tonight's show starts at 7--we'll play two full sets of music, including several originals that will receive their Cleveland debuts tonight. Hope to see you there!