Tim Blane: My “New Favorite Band”

The unlikely combination of Jazz/Acoustic/Pop have never really gotten along in the past. That all changed when I heard Tim Blane’s music. While their sound rocks, it also reminds me of my 12+ years of piano lessons, Thelonious Monk (aka one of the greatest jazz pianists ever,) and of the four eccentric music teachers I have had in my time.

I don’t think people should be allowed to teach music unless they are somewhat off-the-cuff, and the music teacher I most associate with jazz was probably one of the coolest (and strangest) “cats” that I have met in my life. During our lessons (which, to be honest, were more like story-time) he told me about his time playing in the army band, all the friends he encountered there, crazy “ex” stories, and gigs he had played.

One of my favorite experiences that he shared was about playing with Ray Charles at Galludet University. Apparently Ray had freaked out when somebody had asked for a request and refused to play any more songs. (Mind you, I have no idea whether or not this was true, but it was still amusing to hear).

So, in honor of crazy music teachers everywhere, but also in honor of some really excellent jazz/acoustic/pop, come to the Tim Blane Band concert this week, and I’ll see you there!

– Elyse

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The Sun-Day Forecast 1/31/10

Here’s what you have to look forward to around JMU this week (other than Groundhog Day) :

Looking Through Broken Glass

For National Eating Disorders Awareness Month UPB, SWO, and the sisters of Sigma Sigma Sigma are bringing speaker Stacey Prussman to campus this Monday. Stacey is a professional stand-up comedian, actress, and motivational speaker. Her presentation tells the personal story of her battle with eating disorders and how she struggled to overcome them. This presentation is brutally honest, with a sense of humor and discusses the media’s influence and the “smoke and mirrors” of magazines and TV.

Tim Blane Band

Come check out the Tim Blane Band this Wednesday in TDU at 8 PM

Ski Spree

Looking to show off your skills on the Massanutten slopes? Sign up with UREC to ski Thursday nights from 4:30 to 10:30 PM this winter at a special discount.

Can It!

Help support the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank while enjoying the music of three amazing bands. Eta Sigma Gamma and UPB are bringing Cicero, The Chuck Shaffer Picture Show, and The Avenue to the Festival Ballroom. The event is this Thursday at 8 PM and admission is either 2 canned food items or $2.

Funny Freakin’ Friday with Michelle Buteau

From HBO’s Aspen Comedy Festival and Last Comic Standing, Michelle Buteau will be performing her stand up for free this Friday night as part of UPB’s Funny Freakin’ Friday Series. As usual the event is from 8-9 PM in TDU.

This week at Grafton:

7:00

The Men Who Stare At Goats

9:30

Pirate Radio