Sunday, January 13, 2013
I will attempt to capture some of them and put them here, kicking and screaming - some song ideas - project ideas - travels - who knows?
Later today, my wife and I plan an excursion to Cedar Key to catch MoonDog at the Big Deck Raw Bar. We shall see what happens next.
Love to all
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Edgy Blues – Americana Country – Florida Rock
Jim Crozier's Occasional Newsletter - June 2010
First, I want to thank all of you who have mentioned enjoying receiving this newsletter, and the several first time subscribers – I will do my best to make this worth the read. I am excited to try on the attitude of the student this year – not attending school, but taking great joy in the study of American Popular Music. After 40 some years of primarily being a bass player that wrote a few songs, I am now trying to write a little bit every day, play my guitar every day, sing every day, and learn songs from the Great American Songbook – quite a different thing from just playing the bass part. Don't get me wrong, I love playing the bass, and you will find me about still playing with lots of folks, but now, for the first time since I was in High School, I am “Getting Back to Plan A”! My new show features my original songs, of course, along with a lot of great songs dating from last week to last century.
For the summer, I am scheduled to bring my new show to the porch at Barnacle Bill's, “You Know Where”, on North Monroe Street in Tallahassee. My first date there is Saturday, June 26 from 7 to 10pm, and back again on Friday, July 9.
I will also be playing a solo set at Star Seas (the Caboose at Railroad Square) sometime on Saturday, June 19 as part of the Railroad Square Summer Solstice Festival which is also a benefit for FSU Radio Station V89 (that I have been listening to a whole bunch lately).
Other things coming up include:
Sentimental Journey at the Fermentation Lounge on Monday, June 7 from 9 to 11pm. Sentimental Journey plays “string band Americana” with Brian Smith on Guitar, Chip Bloyd on Harmonica, Dave Dickle on Mandolin, and Jim Crozier on Bass. The Fermentation Lounge is at 113 All Saints Street in Tallahassee and features craft beer from artisan breweries around the world.
I will be playing with Tallahassee Swing at the American Legion Hall (Lake Ella) for the Tuesday night dance on June 1, June 15, and June 29.
And what I have heard lately:
I got a chance to hear Carrie Hamby with the fabulous Walter Belmont at Verona Cafe just the other day – a treat by any other name – old blues that you are just not going to hear any other way.
I visited Cheap & Easy at the new Rusty Bucket (the sign says “Boxers”) - you can really tell that Bob and Naomi have spent some serious time playing together for a long while – worth the trip.
Mike Lanigan totally raised the quality bar at Ouzts' Too this past Sunday with his “Swingin' Harpoon Band”. I finally got to hear “Bedhead Betty” for the first time last weekend, too.
And last month I got to hear Gurf Morlix at the Frog and Hummingbird down in Sopchoppy.
Also, I recently sat in with Jimi McKenzie at Los Amigos (in Woodville), with Mary Z Cox and Yazid at the Mockingbird for the CD release party for “Drumming on the Edge of Banjo”, and with the Zach Bartholomew Trio at the Fermentation Lounge.
Well that seems to be plenty for now. I look forward to seeing you about town – and ya'll be wonderful.
****************************************(C)2010, JacroMusic, http://jimcrozier.com
Thursday, March 18, 2010
So this year - 2010 - I am stepping back, studying the music business and songwriting, and working on my solo presentation. After being everyone's bass player for over 30 years, I am stepping to the front of the stage - not so much because I want to be there, but I do need to know how - and there ain't no other way to learn but to do it!
I look forward to producing more shows with my band, but I need to get the solo thing down and spend more quality time on the songwriting gig - it is going well.
SO, please come out to visit me at What?Cafe on April 17th from 8 to 11. I did a presentation there on March 13, and I plan to do one a month for the next few months - it is good school for me and I do hope you will join me. I promise to be bringing out some new stuff every time, both my own, and from other writers.
PS: What?Cafe is on Sharer Rd between Movies 8 and Chucky Cheeze in Tallahassee.
Sunday, November 1, 2009
After years of playing and singing in everyone else's ensembles, the two band leaders bring you their Edgy Blues, Americana Country, and Florida Rock with a few standards and lots of originals from Mimi, Jim, Frank Graham, Jimi McKenzie, and TD & Kathi Giddings.
"Mimi and the Hearndogs" feature Mike Palecki on harmonicas, Mike Snelling on upright bass, Frank Graham on guitars.
"The Jim Crozier Band" features the "Summit Ladies Choir" with Deborah Lawson, Kathi Giddings, Katie Crozier, and introduces Lisa Rhoads on this occasion. The band brings Bill Landing on sax, Jimi McKenzie and TD Giddings on guitars, Jim on bass, and Bob Weiss on harps and percussion. Everybody sings!
Drummer Steve Redmond is playing with both bands.
"It was Mike Palecki's idea," said Jim, "so when I was putting the show together, I gave Mimi a call, and it worked out." The Hearndogs will open, followed by the JC Band. The last set will have everyone playing together until it's time to go!
The Jim Crozier Band
with the Summit Ladies Choir
Mimi and the Hearndogs
Friday, November 6, 8pm
at the Warehouse
W Gaines St, Tallahassee
$5 - cheap
You may need to access the parking lot from Gay St via Madison St due to construction on Gaines St.
(C)2009, JacroMusic, http://jimcrozier.com
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Jim Crozier's Occasional Newsletter
As most of you know, I play with Tallahassee Swing, so it is with pleasure that I announce that July 21st will be the 20th Anniversary of Tallahassee Swing's Tuesday Night Dance at the American Legion Hall. When you do the math, taking into consideration that we usually take a couple weeks off around Christmas, that comes out to 1001 Nights. Come by for this special event from 7:30 to 10:00. $7 – cheap!
AND come on out every Tuesday evening from 7:30 to 10. I will be playing bass with them on July 14 & 21 and August 11 & 25.
Cats In Orbit is back on August 15th
Cats In Orbit is Jimi McKenzie, Steve Redmond, and me. We will be at Hammaknockers in Panacea opening Rick Ott's “From the Heart” live variety show. Things usually get started around 8:30.
I got out to hear some music the other day.
I caught Grant Peeples' CD release show for “Pawnshop”. Grant was backed by Lis & Lon Williamson, Kelly Goddard, Dave Johnson, and Kurt Johnston which really made for a magic evening. The New 76ers opened the show, setting things off right.
I also got to catch the Charles Atkins band at Chez Pierre. It was the first time I had heard Charles with his current band: Lois Hinners, Adam Gaffney, and Deb "Sweetgoove" Berlinger.
I appreciated a different take on the blues from The Trigger Happy Band with Bodega Bob Homme, Rev. Hollywood Archie Hinton and Naomi "Sugar" Harris, at the Down Below.
And, I was totally blown away by The Humbell at Bird's Aphrodisiac Oyster Shack – I don't know much about them but they can damn sure put on a Rock & Roll Show.
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Thursday, May 7, 2009
Monday, April 6, 2009
Jim Crozier's Occasional Newsletter
April 2009 supplement
It seems that I left out a couple important events in my last correspondence, also a couple new events have come up – thus, this April 2009 supplement.
I will be playing with Sentimental Journey on April 16 at the Museum of Florida History, at the R A Gray Building, for their monthly Third Thursday event. We will be playing from 5pm to 7pm, so please drop by, have a listen, take a look at the museum, and for a couple bucks, have some fine refreshment, with beer or wine if you like. Sentimental Journey is an acoustic band playing music from the Great American Songbook with Chip Bloyd on lead harmonica, Brian Smith on guitar, Dave Dickle on mandolin and guitar, and Jim Crozier on bass. We will also be at the Miccosukee Land Co-Op for their annual Spring Festival on Saturday, May 2.
The Jim Crozier Band has been invited to join many great Tallahassee Musicians at the big Earth Day Jam at Bradfordville Blues Club on Saturday, April 18. Learn about the event at http://www.earthdayjam.org/ . Jimi McKenzie and TD & Kathi Giddings will be with me – and a few more folks will be joining us, too!
I will be playing with Tallahassee Swing for the Knott House Street Dance at 7pm, Saturday, April 25.
The next big Jim Crozier Band show will take place at the American Legion Hall, Lake Ella, on Friday, June 26. I will be back with lots of my friends and at least a couple new songs. This show will feature; Alvin James and the Pretty Big Band with help from the Jones Brothers, the Summit Ladies Choir, and the Bone Dry Band. More about this later!
For any of you folks who might be attending the annual Silver Stars Banquet at the University Center on April 30, I will be joining Steve Sternberg and the band for that gala affair.
Every Tuesday - Be sure to check out Tallahassee Swing every chance you get. The band plays at the American Legion Hall (Lake Ella Drive, Tallahassee) every Tuesday evening from 7:30 to 10 (and has been for coming up on 20 years now). I will be playing bass with them on April 14 and 28.
Will Barrow dropped in from Nashville to do a songwriter show with the Harvest Gypsies a couple weeks ago. It was wonderful to see him again – we had played together some back in the early 80's – and it was particularly fun to hear him singing his own songs, and Rick, Eddie, Fred, and Art did a fine job backing him up for a set, it was totally worth the trip!.