Sat, March 7: Stay tuned for details on a very special show at Puck in Doylestown, PA. The Alex Radus Trio will share the night with the talented Dan DeChellis Trio who blend killer songwriting with some serious jazz chops. Can’t wait!
Notes:For those who, like me, prefer to see music in a quiet, intimate setting instead of a noisy bar, Godfrey Daniels is the place to be. Trust me, the ticket price is worth it. Plus it’s BYOB, so you’ll save $$ in the long run anyway. Join us for a night of amazing music!
PS: The Dina Hall trio will feature the incredible Andy Killcoyne on guitar.
Notes:Join us for a big party at the Riegelsville Tavern. Home to Andy Killcoyne’s famous Wednesday night jams, the Tavern has fast become a hot spot for the area’s best musicians. We’ve got a few tricks up our sleeve for this show, so come join us!
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Host Mel Thiel and I talked the new CD, influences, and more. I even performed a swing version of Dylan’s Leopard Skin Pillbox Hat, which I recorded on a Philly Dylan tribute compilation to celebrate his 70th birthday! You can purchase that album here.
I can’t wait for you to hear the first single from Jewels & Tinware!
Please download and share, share, share! It’s available from 95+ digital stores, including CDBaby, iTunes, and pretty much everywhere else. (If you want the money to go to the artist, buy it from CDBaby. If you want it to go to Apple, well, there’s iTunes).
And by the way, Dave Cahill absolutely crushes the guitar solos…
We Can’t Play Like Django has always been a crowd favorite. It’s a retro-swing tribute to Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappell’s famous Minor Swing.
Django (as the song is usually called) is a sort of like the backstory that begins all superhero movies. It’s a “creation myth” about how Django got his incredible powers on the guitar.
If you’re not familiar with Django Reinhardt, he’s arguably the best guitar player ever, and defined the quintessential sound of Gypsy Jazz. But one of the most amazing things about him is that his left hand was badly burned, leaving him with far less to work with than most guitar players. Still, he became the best.
Django tells the fictional story of Django’s grandfather, who is a famous Gypsy Jazz guitar player and is the best around. Everyone says he got his abilities from either an angel or a devil. The Grandfather takes his grandson (young Django) under his wing, but he just can’t teach him how to swing and, as the song points out – “that’s the most important thing!” When the Grandfather dies, his guitar is put on the funeral pyre. But the Grandfather had promised the guitar to young Django. So Django runs up to the fire and grabs the guitar, but burns his hand badly doing so.
Then comes the creation myth:
That young boy ran with all his might
Stuck his hand into the fire
Came back with a guitar and a burning sting
And they all said the devil’s sin or the angel’s blessing passed to him
Cause then they saw the most amazing thing
All of a sudden, little Django could swing!
I really hope you enjoy it and PLEASE – share it with everyone you know!
Alex Radus Trio at Pearly Bakers. Dan Manchester (double bass); Charlie Heim (drums). Photo by Maria Radus
It’s been a busy month for me musically, and now that the dust has settled I have some time to reflect and say thanks so much. I’m really blessed to get to play with such great musicians and for such wonderful audiences. Especially excited for my new project, Hot4Robot, which has been a ton of fun. Thanks to everyone who showed their support over the last month–really feeling the love. Now I’m very happy to spend a few quiet weeks with the family (and write some new tunes, of course).
Can’t wait to see you all at the upcoming shows: May 24 – Alex Radus Trio at Mayfair in Allentown & June 7 – Hot4Robotat One-11 Bar & Lounge in Clinton, NJ. Check the Calendar section for more details.