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Jeff Fuller & Friends
Upcoming schedule of gigs:
Friday, January 31st, 7:30-9:30pm,
Smokin’ With Chris, Southington
Friday, February 7th, 9pm -12:30am
Shell & Bones, New Haven, with Andrew Beals, sax
Sunday, February 9th, 6 - 8 pm at
Ayuthai, 2279 Boston Post Rd., Guilford, CT
Wednesday, February 19th, 6:30 pm, New Britain Museum of American Art ~ Walnut Hill Concert Series
Sunday, February 23rd, 10:30am-1:30pm,
Elm City Market, New Haven
Friday, February 28th, 7:00 pm, Neighborhood Music School, Faculty Recital ~ New Haven
Thursday, March 19th, Pearl at Longshore, Westport, 6:30pm, with Greg Wall, sax
Jeff Fuller & Friends, live at the Side Door Café
February mini-tour ...
Jazz Update ~ 4/8/2020 ~ life in the time of corona!
Greetings, friends! In these extraordinary times, I’m writing to wish you and your families the very best health, safety and happiness. And I’d like to fill you in on what’s been going on in my life these days -- when all our days are pretty much the same, and we’re confined to the limits of our homes.
Yes, the gigs have all vanished for the time being, but we eagerly look forward to their return! Meanwhile there is plenty of live and recorded music online, mostly Facebook and You Tube. Some of my friends who perform often are David Chevan, Luiz Simas, Jay Rowe, Isabella Mendes, Joe Carter, Laura Volpintesta, Steve Sandberg and Glenn Roth, just to name a few. Look ‘em up! If you just love Brazilian jazz, here’s Debora and Dani Gurgel in an outstanding new piece.
And the venues … like Best Video, Café Nine, Ayuthai, Quattro’s, Smokin’ With Chris, Home Restaurant, The Cuckoo’s Nest and Elm City Market – the places where jazz has been consistently programmed – are all still open, as far as I know, for takeout and home delivery. They and their staffs deserve our support.
Local arts organizations have extended a helping hand to artists in this difficult time, among them the Arts Council of Greater New Haven, the City of New Haven Office of Cultural Affairs, and the New Haven Creative Sector Relief Fund. Here’s a video of my tune, “Where Did April Go?” which I performed in response to their kind support.
Musicians of course compulsively fill their idle time with practicing, and that has been my go-to activity. My beautiful Upton Concord bass, propped up in my studio, is always eager to engage in the study of scales, arpeggios, Bach Violin Partitas, Cello Suites and … oh yes! jazz improvisation. The other instruments -- piano, guitar and bass guitar – are also clamoring for my attention.
I’ve been composing new music, currently two extended solo piano pieces, and have finished a couple of jazz tunes also. Here’s a link to one of my new tunes, “Come Spring.”
For groceries I’ve been using the Elm City Market delivery system. So… I’ve been eating well and getting a lot of exercise: yoga, biking, and hiking. My favorite hiking trails are: Farm River State Park (East Haven), Branford Supply Ponds, Stony Creek Trails (either side of the trolley crossing), and Westwoods (Guilford). Maybe I’ll see you there one day.
In the sad news category, we’ve lost a local piano legend, my dear friend Eddie Cercone, who died at the age of 96. Here is a link to a recording Ed and I did some years ago. Another heavy loss is jazz guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, who I had the good fortune to play and tour with. Here is a 1995 European performance we did with an All-Star band.
I’ve been able to teach most of my Yale and Neighborhood Music School students on-line, continuing the learning process begun early in the year. Regrettably, ensemble rehearsals are not yet technologically possible, but we’re working on it!
Though my family is spread far and wide (MA, TN, NY, AZ, CA, Ontario) we have managed to stay reasonably well-connected. In some ways this crisis has brought us even closer together.
Well, that’s all for now -- thanks so much for reading! Please let me know what’s going on in your lives when you get a chance. Keep the faith, there will be live music, and joy and togetherness again! Happy Passover and Easter, and please, stay well, safe, healthy and happy!