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Healdsburg Jazz Festival – Jazz On The Menu – After Party Event

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Jazz on the Menu – The After-Party

After-Party 2011Where: Cousteaux French Bakery and Café
417 Healdsburg Ave., 707-433-1913
When: Feb. 25, 8:30 to 10:30 p.m.
Tickets: Only $15 (purchase below) or at the door if available.

Following the Feb. 25 Jazz on the Menu fundraising for Music Education Programs at 12 area restaurants, the After-Party at Costeaux French Bakery and Café will be happening with the sounds of the Bryan Bowman Quintet and the Healdsburg High School Jazz Band. There will be free desserts, wine and beer available for purchase, and enough fun to pack the house. Buy your tickets early, only $15. This party does sell out every year!

Bryan Bowman Quintet Their set is composed of unique and modern original music that is at once a logical extension of jazz’s tradition and a look into its future. The music is played by some of the finest San Francisco Bay Area musicians including: Bob Kenmotsu (tenor sax), Ian Carey (trumpet), Matt Clark (piano), Doug Miller (bass) and Bryan Bowman (drums).

Berkeley Side Review

Bryan Bowman and the urge to record

by Andrew Gilbert

For the vast majority of musicians making an album is a money-losing proposition these days, a time-intensive undertaking that’s hard to justify looking at the bottom line. But the urge to make a statement, the call to document a particular program of music interpreted by a specific cadre of collaborators, is no less potent, which is why drummer/composer Bryan Bowman rounded up some of the region’s finest improvisers for his album Like Minds.

A smart and resourceful accompanist by night and caretaker of his three-year-old son by day, the Albany musician was determined to record a set of his original compositions. “I’m almost 50 and I have this music and want people to know who I am,” says Bowman, who celebrates the release Like Minds at the California Jazz Conservatory 8 p.m. Saturday. “I can go to all these gigs and play standards, which I love, but people don’t really get to know me. It was a bit of an act of desperation.”

Featuring Ian Carey on trumpet and flugelhorn, bassist Doug Miller, pianist Matt Clark, and Berkeley tenorsaxophonist Bob Kenmotsu (who are all joining him at the CJC), Like Minds provides the players with consistently singing melodies. Intricate but not busy, Bowman’s tunes are full of striking rhythmic and harmonic details, with playful sidesteps and feints in unexpected directions.

The tunes grew out of Bowman spending a lot of time at the piano, an instrument he’s played since youth. He credits Clark, a first-call pianist who has worked with the likes of Bobby Hutcherson, Laurie Antonioli and Joshua Redman, with helping him fine-tune the tunes.

“Matt and I do a lot of duets together,” Bowman says. “He’s got a kid a little older than my son, and we’ll get together on short notice to jam and play standards. The material was hammered out on the piano. I brought it to Matt and threw a lot of stuff in front of him, and he played it all beautifully. He’s responsible for making this stuff breathe.”

The instrumentation is the classic hard bop line up codified by Miles Davis and Horace Silver in the mid-1950s and not surprisingly Davis serves as an important model for arranging. “The way he uses space is so inspiring, to take a simple tune and make so much,” Bowman says. “Wayne Shorter’s melodies and his strange harmonies are also important for me. I’m not trying to write like that, but I end up writing a melody and then think about setting up harmonies no one’s expecting.”

Born in Los Angeles, Bowman grew up in Chico, where his father Robert E. Bowman was coordinator of the keyboard program at California State University, Chico from 1971-2003. His mother Andrea, a psychologist and cello player, exposed him to a vast array of music through her passion for folk dancing. He’s recorded and performed around the region with Bulgarian accordion master Ivan Milev and Trio Mopmu with Lily Storm.

“My mother turned me on to Bulgarian, Greek, Macedonian and Turkish music, all kinds of great stuff,” he says. “When I was a teenager I thought this was so annoying, all those trebly sounds. But when I got older, I realized what amazing music I was exposed to. That’s how I got into Indian music and ended up studying at Ali Akbar College of Music.”

He moved to the East Bay in the mid-1990s found early inspiration at the jam session saxophonist Harvey Wainapelran at Sausalito’s No Name Bar with bassist John Wiitala and drummer Kenny Wollesen. (“Kenny changed my life,” he says. “His natural ability and musicality really shook me”). Another jam session at the lamented Berkeley House on University Avenue provided a different creative crucible.

Drum great Donald “Duck” Bailey, who made his mark with Jimmy Smith’s hugely popular organ trio in the mid-1950s, ran the session, and he recruited Bowman for the drum chair “because he wanted to play sax and harmonica,” Bowman recalls. “Howard Wiley was like 12 years old and he’d play all the time. I got some drum lessons from Donald, and gave me good advice about how to practice.”

Being a stay at home dad has provided a new source of inspiration, and many of the tunes on Like Minds evoke childhood (“Pick You Up,” “Restless Boy” and “Baloo’s”). With the album he’s certainly provided his son with an invaluable guide for creative expression. “If there’s anything unique that you have to share,” Bowman says, “you should find a way to share it.”


Some new transcriptions

On my transcriptions page I just posted a couple new piano solo transcriptions which are both short but very poignant statements. Hope you enjoy checking them out!

Barry Harris – (piano solo)
Shiny Stockings – From Dexter Gordon – Gettin’ Around
barry harris – shiny stockings – PDF
Watch on YouTube

Herbie Hancock – (piano solo)
Ceora – From Lee Morgan – Cornbread
Herbie Hancock solo on Ceora – PDF
Watch on YouTube

Stations that have added Bryan Bowman – Like Minds

WNUR 89.3 FM – Chicago, IL
KCSM 91.1 FM – San Francisco Bay Area
KSVY 91.3 – Sonoma, CA
WDNA 88.9 FM – Miami, Florida
WFIT 89.5 FM – Melbourne, Florida
WUCF 89.9 FM – Orlando, Florida
KUVO 8.3 FM – Denver, CO
KIPO 88.1 FM Hawaii Public Radio
KCBX FM – San Luis Obispo, CA
KSBR – 88.5 FM Mission Viejo, CA
KSJS 90.5FM Gilroy, CA
KUER 90.1 FM Salt Lake City, UT
WHFC 91.1 FM Bel Air, MD
WRTI 90.1 FM – Phillidelphia, PA
KRTU 91.7 FM – San Antonio, TX
KLCC 89.7 FM – Eugene, OR
KEWU 89.5 FM – Cheney, WA
WICN 90.5 FM – Worcester, MA
WESM 91.3 FM – Princess Anne, MD
WWUH 91.3 FM – Harford, CT
WSIE 88.7 FM – Edwardsville, IL

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(in ongoing rotation)
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All About Jazz Review of Bryan Bowman – Like Minds CD

Bryan Bowman: Like Minds (2015)

All About Jazz 
By Ed Blanco

A fixture in the San Francisco Bay Area jazz scene for some time, drummer and composer Bryan Bowman makes his recording debut as leader on Like Minds, a well-crafted eleven-piece musical statement of original contemporary jazz containing a touch of bop, blues and some burning accessible material delivered with a lot of spirit. Hailing from a family of musicians—where father Robert is a classical pianist and Professor Emeritus at Chico State University and mom plays the cello when not practicing psychology—one can understand the influence music must have had at home and perhaps, the obvious developments of his appreciable talents as musician. His professional experience has led him to tour and record with major jazz artists, perform on piano and serve as a regular accompanist with the California Jazz Conservatory.

Among the many factors that make this album so appealing, is the quintet of excellent world-class cast of players Bowman has chosen to accompany him on this first effort. One will experience the sounds of former New York performer and now Bay Area local, trumpeterIan Carey doing his best impersonation of Clifford Brown on the opening up tempo bebop number “Pick You Up,” while on the following “The Undone” former child prodigy, pianistMatt Clark and Indiana son and former Seattle mainstay, bassist Doug Miller are featured on solos. The drummer is the other featured player on the latter tune, in which he displays a bit of his more than ample chops on the sticks.

The light and tender ballad “Entitled” features Carey on the Harmonized muted trumpet along with the tasteful play of tenor saxophonist and Berkeley-native, Bob Kenmotsuplaying in unison as the modern rock/jazz piece “Restless Boy,” features the pianist and the leader in a solid performances. Bowman introduces the burning post-bop original “Other One,” where the drummer accents the splashing cymbals on another fast-paced sizzler featuring the trumpeter and saxophonist on hot solo shouts.

The music turns south on the soft medium tempo Bossa Nova-styled “Sleeping Cutie” which, turns out to be one of the highlights of the disc featuring Kenmotsu’s delicate tenor voice and Carey on the flugelhorn followed by some handy work on the keys from Clark—all marking this original a keeper worth repeated spins. The group gets into the blues on the angular melody of “Baloo’s” then takes a different approach on the lively upbeat rockish “Upper Hand.”

Bowman pens a homage to Wayne Shorter and Kenny Barron on the melodic medium tempo title track and closes the date with the gorgeous piano trio ballad of “Border,” featuring brisk solos from Miller, Clark on gentle piano lines and the leader on some light expressive brush work. Looking to branch out from his Bay Area roots, drummer Bryan Bowman’s audacious debut may well be the catalyst, the vehicle that this performer rides into the sunset claiming a piece of the jazz landscape all to himself. Clearly, a hidden treasure and a gem of an album, Like Minds shines all over.

Track Listing: Pick You Up; The Undone; Needles Everywhere; Entitled; Restless Boy; Other One; Sleeping Cutie; Baloo’s; Upper Hand; Like Minds; Border.

Personnel: Bryan Bowman: drums; Ian Carey: trumpet, flugelhorn; Bob Kenmotsu: tenor saxophone; Matt Clark: piano; Doug Miller: bass.

Record Label: Self Produced

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