Up Jumped Spring!

April 4th 2015

Spring is upon us! I have been doing a lot of playing this past while, some with long time projects and some with newly formed projects! February had some very rewarding performances, the first was with Nial Bakkestad-Legare for the weekly Mardi Jazz Concert Series at the Franco Manitoban Centre. Niall wrote some beautiful original music for septet and had some of Winnipeg's best jazz players on the gig. Two other shows that come to mind are both with DCBB, we had another opportunity to open for Five Alarm Funk at the Pyramid and there was a very enthusiastic crowd at this show (it got so crazy the Bari Sax player from FAF actually crowd surfed while taking a solo!). The second was at the Good Will Social club with our friends Slow Spirit who opened for us. This was the first time DCBB has played at one of Winnipeg's newest venues and it turned out to be a great night, lots of people came to check out both bands and most importantly, a lot of them danced! DCBB also manged to fit in some time to do an on-location video shoot in the exchange district. We recorded 4 tunes (2 originals and 2 covers) and will be releasing them one at a time. The first one will be released within the next week, so keep an eye on DCBB's facebook page (www.facebook.com/dirtycatfishbrassband) for those releases.
March turned out to be pretty great as well. I played with my own group, Andrew Littleford Trio, at Prairie Ink Restaurant in McNally Robinson in Grant Park, and DCBB played the Cavern and Times Change(d). I also had the first performance with a new group that I have joined called "Sunny Roseland" which plays early traditional jazz music in the style of Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington. The group's focus is to try and stay authentic to the music of that time and only play music that was written before 1940. I am very much looking forward to working with this group as it opens my ears to a style of jazz I am not as familiar with and therefore will force me to dig into that era a little deeper! Lastly, I was recently fortunate enough to adjudicate at this years Brandon Jazz Festival and had a great time listening to and talking about jazz music with groups of every level. It is so great to see young people having so much fun playing music, not to mention the incredible amount of talented bands and individual soloists from all over Manitoba and Saskatchewan!
I have updated all my current gigs leading into May on the event page, go take a look and hopefully there is a performance that interests you that you can come out and see.