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August 6 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm$10 - $15
Daniel Silverman with The Little Big Band in Concert!
MUSIC ARRANGED AND DIRECTED BY DAN SILVERMAN
FEATURING THE HIPPEST JAZZ MUSICIANS IN TOWN
John Sievers – trombone
Kyle Mathees and Rich Zeller – trumpets
Dick Rohrbaugh and Zach Sander – saxes
Becca Combs-Cawley – tuba
Eric Straubmuller – piano
Blake Bonde – bass
Alec Tackmann – drums
WHO: Daniel Silverman and the Little Big Band
TICKETS: $15 general admission, $10 students and seniors (available below)
TIME/DATE: 4:00 pm, August 6, 2017.
LOCATION: Pure Rock Studios, 515 Rocky Creek Dr NE, Rochester, MN
A note from Dan…
Years ago I made a living playing music though really never as a jazz musician – my most passionate goal and dream. As a professional trombonist, I tried to adjust my playing to the appropriate style, but now when I listen to old tapes of me in a dixieland band, I sound like a be-bop tailgater. Playing in rock ‘n roll bands in the late 60’s-early 70’s, I caught myself thinking about how J.J. or Slide Hampton would play on a Chicago or a James Brown tune; and when I played in symphony orchestras, conductors often asked me to stop swaying and grooving during those endless rest measures trombonists are relegated to in classical music.
By necessity, I took some breaks from the trombone to raise two children and pursue graduate degrees, all the time thinking about jazz. Sometimes I’d accompany myself on piano and scat solos like the one JJ plays in Yesterdays that I include in this CD. My Master’s Thesis was about the therapeutic value of helping de-institutionalized adults feel safe and comfortable enough to improvise music. For a while I worked as a music therapist, treating a variety of people and training other clinicians to improvise on the piano or to use rhythm instruments while encouraging them to talk about their feelings.
I’ve found that in playing jazz and my working as a psychologist and psychotherapist, I don’t think about technique as much as I guide people to better understand themselves. There is a feeling of unpredictability about the outcome of my job: no therapy session or psychological evaluation is alike, just as no jazz tune sounds the same played twice. My doctoral thesis involved studying how the elderly hold on to their lifelong-dreams into old age, which has always seemed related to my dream of playing jazz for a living. There’s a continuity in my own life sustained by my love for my family, my career as a psychologist and passion for jazz. These days, I have developed a second career in jazz and still dream about making it to “Birdland,” a fantasy which has led me to record this CD.