Performance and CD updates

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After our CD Release party at Showman’s, we had a few more scheduled: The Harlem Tavern (a really nice room on 116th Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard). Only a few blocks away from Showman’s but with an entirely different audience. And band! I played there with a percussionist and myself! Interesting duo. John Cooksey brought his conga and percussion “toys” and really rocked the arrangements from the CD out of the park! It was a little more freedom for me on the guitar even as I played rhythm/bass and lead at the same time. We sold a bunch of CDs, so I guess we were doing something right.

After that was the Why Not Jazz Room in the Village. Again, for an entirely different audience. And I played solo. Slightly altered versions of the tunes were used to accommodate the solo guitar delivery. It seemed like a much younger age group was there. Very attentive to the details of the solo format and showed their appreciation profusely with applause and CD sales. Both of which I love!

A place in New Rochelle called Alvin and Friends is a wonderful jazz room with a Caribbean flavor. Great audience of music lovers who always enjoy the different grooves I go through during my set. I often go from “straight ahead’ to reggae to samba and contemporary to latin “feels” throughout the set. Thank you Alvin’s and all my friends who made the night a success and a great night for me. (I talk about a new technique I use for solo playing style in my upcoming podcast, along with some behind the scenes stories about my time with Bette Midler in EPISODE 5.) http://louvolpe.libsyn.com/

Guitar at New York City’s Showmans Jazz with Bronxnet TV

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PORT-LK-sdf3There we were playing to a full house at Harlem’s premier jazz room, Showmans. And, performing for the first time, excerpts from our new CD release, “Remembering Ol’ Blue Eyes”  with all our new arrangements and tunes. We were really thankful for the audience’s positive response!

Bronxnet TV sent a film crew to record the event (our very first CD release party). Such wonderful people from the wonderful Bronxnet TV organization directed by Michael “Max” Knobbe at bronxnet.org. (scroll to Lou Volpe album releaseThank you bronxnet!

Check out some of the night at Showmans here:

https://shar.es/17WUrB

A Re-visit to B B King’s

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TEAM-lou-300A little recent news:

BB Kings blues club on 42nd St. Friday night, in August. 

 
What an amazing night playing with the Kenny Brawner band at the BB Kings Blues Club, New York City. Great keyboards and vocals.  It’s always a blast to play with Kenny to begin with….plus at this fine venue ! A full house in the “show room” and playing the music of Ray Charles is a great combination for feeling blessed. The 15 piece band was so on that night. While the “Raelettes” back up voices sounded like angels at times!
 
The sound and stage crew there are so good! Really excellent! So professional and intuitive. Actually, all the staff were top notch, enthusiastic and extremely helpful making it so easy to perform. I was really impressed. 
 
Plus, we spoke to the booking manager and will be scheduling a date for the Lou Volpe Group to perform in the LUCILLE ROOM in conjunction with our upcoming CD Release parties throughout the city. We will keep you posted,  A wonderful night for sure!

Theater and Jazz Guitar

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We played our annual performance with and for the children of the Trenton Education Dance Institute last month. Always an amazing experience for me. Especially since the music is very, very guitar-feature oriented! I love that.

There are about 250 students from the grammar schools, middle schools  and high schools of the Trenton, New Jersey area who participate in this event. To see 40, 50 or more of these youngsters performing intricate song and dance routines on stage at one time is so heart warming. They put on a wonderful “Broadway Show” style of performance that they worked very hard on all year long. Acting, dancing and singing! Remembering the steps, moves and lines of the script can be very demanding on these young “actors”, but they rise to the occasion above and beyond every year under the direction of Nicholas Rodriguez, a New York dance instructor and creative choreographer who loves theater and children. This years show was exceptional.

We rehearsed and performed with the ensemble for a little over a week to prepare for the “big show”: when we play for parents, backers and dignitaries from the Jersey political scene.  A wonderful night! Kudos to all the students, instructors, organizers, wardrobe staff, stage managers, sound and stage crews, carpenters and my fellow musicians in the orchestra who gave their very best. Everyone had a real blast!

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Jazz Radio Harlem and Spontaneous Guitar Jam

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WHCR- 90.3 FM is a great radio station! It’s located at the City Community Collge Campus and I had the joyful experience last Saturday morning of co-hosting and playing with some wonderful musicians and singers. Daa’yia Sanusi has this show (Gardens of Tranquility and Contemplation & First Light) every Saturday morning 6 to 11 AM! She plays the finest and most soulful jazz. Daa’yia is such a great personality and has this good feeling energy that you feel in her voice! This show was to support the station’s annual fund raising drive.

I spoke a little about my new CD and some gigs I am doing, then I played my arrangement of “You Go To My Head” (off my upcoming CD) when we were joined by some musicians and singers.

And that turned into a duet with the great Duke Jones on trumpet, and then a trio with the soulful Antoinette Montague on vocal, and so on adding African vocalist, Miyoka Leone (sp?). What a voice!

More “Remembering Ol’ Blue Eyes” news will be posted soon after our mastering session next week.

From Jazz Guitar to Ray Charles to Jeff Beck to the Lou Volpe CD

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What a great weekend we just had! Saturday night was my return to New Rochelle’s Poet’s Corner. There was a jam packed audience for my “Spring Awakening” concert which ended in a wonderful standing ovation. The audience also showed their love by purchasing so many Lou Volpe CD’s (we actually sold out of the “Undercovers” CD) and hanging out after the show to talk with me about the music, the guitars I used and future performance dates.

The director and producer of the show, Guru Madeleine (hear her radio show on WVOX 1460 AM every Friday at 3 PM) , has asked me to start a weekly jam session there  featuring the trio! Check this blog for more info on the starting date. Such an amazing place with amazing and wonderful people. Thank you POET’S CORNER!

On Sunday I played another concert at the Performing Arts Center at Queensborough College with my good friends, the Brawner Brothers. Once again, a jam packed full house in this beautiful theater with a full 15 piece band. So soulful and so much fun! “Kenny Brawner Is Ray Charles” is the name of the show and he was just perfect….. and sounding great in that role. The band was such a blast to play with.

Monday night found me in the audience at Jeff Beck’s show at the Capitol Theater in Port Chester. Jeff is always awesome. You’re taken away with that tone. What a sound! Such a great musician and great guy!

Now it’s back to a couple of mixing sessions this week and then getting the new CD mastered and pressed and ready for release and downloads! An inspiring weekend for sure.