Jeffery Smith at Paradise Valley, 5/15/11

After George Varga’s article came out about his upcoming jazz brunch, vocalist Jeffery Smith asked me if I’d like to shoot it as his guest. He brought lots of guests up to the stage too. Click on a photo to go to the full gallery.

Jeffery Smith at Paradise Valley 51511 © Michael Klayman-015

Heather and I didn’t realize it until after we got there that it was a retirement community. But, the food was good and there were lots of folks who were excited about seeing some music and got dressed up for the occasion. The fantastic wraparound window light was a joy to shoot by.

Jeffery Smith at Paradise Valley 51511 © Michael Klayman-009

Jeffery Smith at Paradise Valley 51511 © Michael Klayman-018

This was my first chance to shoot the lovely Jamie Shadowlight. She’s created several excellent gig posters from my jazz shots, one of which hangs in my office in a position of prominence.

Jeffery Smith at Paradise Valley 51511 © Michael Klayman-022

I don’t know the older violinist’s name, but she was having a blast playing with everyone.

Jeffery Smith at Paradise Valley 51511 © Michael Klayman-029

You might get too old to rock, but it’s never too late to swing.

Jeffery Smith at Paradise Valley 51511 © Michael Klayman-025

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Gator by the Bay Parade, 5/8/11

I had just been handed a full plate of crawfish by a guy who just couldn’t handle ripping them apart. As I looked for an empty table, I heard the music off in the distance. Euphoria Brass Band was leading a parade through the festival.

Parade at Gator by the Bay 50811 © Michael Klayman-001

Parade at Gator by the Bay 50811 © Michael Klayman-003

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Parade at Gator by the Bay 50811 © Michael Klayman-024

They played until the broke through the clouds. Click on a photo to go to the full gallery.

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Euphoria Brass Band, Nena Anderson at Gator By the Bay, 5/8/11

Euphoria Brass Band Show at Gator by the Bay 50811 © Michael Klayman-001

San Diego is as far away from New Orleans as you can get, but the Gator By The Bay Festival brings us the swinging good times and mudbugs right to us. Click on a photo to go to the full gallery.

Euphoria Brass Band Show at Gator by the Bay 50811 © Michael Klayman-013

Euphoria Brass Band is a new band in town, started by NOLA natives Ron Bocian of Red Fox Tails fame and guitarist Dave Bandrowski.

Euphoria Brass Band Show at Gator by the Bay 50811 © Michael Klayman-008

Euphoria Brass Band Show at Gator by the Bay 50811 © Michael Klayman-014

An 8-piece band that’s designed for marching keeps the players nimble and mobile. It also means the drum duties are necessarily split between two people. KSDS DJ Drew Miller holds down the bass drum.

Euphoria Brass Band Show at Gator by the Bay 50811 © Michael Klayman-006

Euphoria Brass Band Show at Gator by the Bay 50811 © Michael Klayman-005

The sousaphone is a big bass instrument, as is the baritone sax. They are both way heavier than they look.

Euphoria Brass Band Show at Gator by the Bay 50811 © Michael Klayman-011

Euphoria Brass Band Show at Gator by the Bay 50811 © Michael Klayman-017

Euphoria Brass Band Show at Gator by the Bay 50811 © Michael Klayman-012

After the set, I did a quick group shot for them (pics up soon) and then headed straight to the crawfish booth. No photos of that though, cameras and mudbug juice are a bad mix. We ate to the sounds of yet another Nena Anderson-fronted band, the Mules.

Nena Anderson and the Mules at Gator by the Bay 50811 © Michael Klayman-001

Nena Anderson and the Mules at Gator by the Bay 50811 © Michael Klayman-002

Nena Anderson and the Mules at Gator by the Bay 50811 © Michael Klayman-004

Nena is a terrific performer, and I think I’ve shot every one of her rock and country bands now. Still have to catch a jazz gig of hers.

Nena Anderson and the Mules at Gator by the Bay 50811 © Michael Klayman-005

Nena Anderson and the Mules at Gator by the Bay 50811 © Michael Klayman-009

Parade pics coming soon!

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Cabuloan, Awakeners at Visual Art Supply, 5/7/11

Cabuloan at Visual Art Supply 50711 © Michael Klayman-006

Fkenal offshoot band Cabuloan traded songs back and forth with Awakeners at Visual Art Supply last weekend. Click on a photo to go to the full gallery.

Cabuloan at Visual Art Supply 50711 © Michael Klayman-004

I just had time to stick around for a few songs, so I used flash to make the most of it. I set the sky to an ominous blue.

Cabuloan at Visual Art Supply 50711 © Michael Klayman-003

This is drummer Eric’s “solo” project, where he writes the songs.

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Awakeners played every other song of the show, and they brough a much more riff based style.

Awakeners at Visual Art Supply 50711 © Michael Klayman-003

Awakeners at Visual Art Supply 50711 © Michael Klayman-002

Awakeners at Visual Art Supply 50711 © Michael Klayman-004

Awakeners at Visual Art Supply 50711 © Michael Klayman-005

I can’t wait to get some of this music on record.

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Rafter at Soda Bar, 4/23/11

After spending my whole Saturday negotiating a new car deal for the wife, I was looking forward to seeing some music and having a beer. Rafter sounded like the perfect songsmith to celebrate a new Hyundai Tucson with. Click on a photo to go to the full gallery.

Rafter at Soda Bar 42311 © Michael Klayman-001

The epileptic light show gave me many problems with focus and exposure. It was just as well, since Rafter’s better half wasn’t there.

Rafter at Soda Bar 42311 © Michael Klayman-006

Rafter at Soda Bar 42311 © Michael Klayman-005

I thought a beer would bring out the party in me, but we were done after Rafter and left before we could see Movits. Next time….

Rafter at Soda Bar 42311 © Michael Klayman-008

Addiquit came up for a song at the end too.

Rafter at Soda Bar 42311 © Michael Klayman-007

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