Hey there fellow music lovers. I have a different one for you today. You know that I am usually riffing on punk, alternative, metal, "hard rock," classic rock and the what not, but last Saturday I found myself in Swarthmore, PA and stumbled across the Blackbird Society Orchestra. Richard Barnes founded BSO with the objective of preserving Jazz Age music using original arrangements. Think huge influential jazz masters like Duke Ellington or popular music icons like Jelly Roll Morton and you'll get the idea.
I didn't catch the entire ensemble, but just a trio. Let me tell you: these guys were good. The music was toe-tapping and fun, and if you truly like American roots music, it's hard not to find a soft space in your heart for BSO. It's not everyone that picks this music to savor and preserve, but we should feel fortunate that these musicians have done so.
Here's a link to their website:
They'll be playing the Kimmel Center on October 21 as part of the Eddie Lang day events. Check 'em out if you get the chance. And if you want to see a short snippet of their music, here's a link to the BRP YouTube channel:
I've got lots of other stuff cooking right now, and will hopefully be posting with more regularity than during the past few months. My tiny brain has been working on some stuff that I think you'll find fun and entertaining. In the meantime, turn up the volume.
My name is Bill, and I live in the greater Philadelphia area. I love music, and I have a lot of opinions. This site is primarily focused on music, but sometimes I get off track. I hope you enjoy.