Bill Barnes Jazz Update: 2021

Photo by Bruce Cassaday

Ah yes… the pandemic

It’s now been over a year since the Covid-19 pandemic began ravishing our country and the world. It decimated the live music scene and took an even greater toll on jazz. My last actual gig was in March of 2020, a solo guitar performance in Bangor, at my favorite haunt, Nocturnem Draft Haus. It was a risk but with masks and social distancing, not a great one. However, it wasn’t the same as playing for a room packed full of appreciative jazz lovers. I’m hoping live music returns with a vengeance once “herd immunity” is attained. I’m willing to wait.

Meanwhile, here are links to Youtubes of some of my favorite moments with my trio over the years; and one or two solo things.

“Anthropology,” by Charlie Parker
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jf09WrE1Yh0

A video montage of my trio, recorded at Rock City Cafe, Rockland, Maine.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EEts-Sdz_Qs

Another montage of my trio with guest artist Wayne Delano.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-XndTwzmIo

“Lover Man,” with Bryan Jones
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80UcLZQf1Zw

“Impressions,” with Wayne Delano
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4aqwN2uYBBs

“My Foolish Heart”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=McLdGatkd-U

More montage…
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRI23oUONVg&t=439s

My New Hampshire trio playing my arrangement of “But Beautiful.”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9R9MAsPsVM

Solo piece- medely of “A Time For Love,” by Johnny Mandel and “For All We Know,” by J. Fred Coots and Samuel M. Lewis.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHWbP4VnIJY

Solo piece- “I Get Along Without You Very Well,” by Hoagy Carmichael.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DiKH5ITI06Y

“The Winter Heart,” by Bill Barnes. Several years ago I wrote this as a requiem for a long-lost love.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0LcHpTjErrc

Album cover by Julie Powers
Photo by Ron Hawkes

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