Cars clog the Tinley Park exit ramps on I-80 all the way to the highway, gravel in the parking lot crunches under cowboy boots and the moon shines down on a crowd dotted with cutoff jeans and cowboy hats. It must be the first big country music concert of the summer in Chicagoland.
A few days ago, I was checking my newsfeed on my Facebook page, when I stumbled across a posting from musician and composer Christopher McBride. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting him on several occasions. Christopher is a young and talented alto saxophone player who released an album a year or so ago called Quatuor De Force. (Available for sale at CDBaby.com) It’s has primarily new music, written and arranged by Christopher himself, with the exception of two songs. (I’m ashamed to admit that I didn’t get around to listening to the full album until a few weeks ago. Hey, cut me some slack! I’ve been really busy.!) It is lively and exciting music. Fresh and innovative in it’s delivery. It’s music that you can groove to. There’s nothing wrong with that, right?
Welcome to the Rhythm Section One Blog! I am so excited to finally get this project off the ground! It took a year of planning, pushing, and going crazy, but it is finally here! First of all, a lot of you may remember my original company, Smooth Jazz Entertainment LLC. That was my first foray into the music business acting primarily as a promoter. It was a tumultuous journey that took me into the bowels of club management, marketing and promotion. Though, I wouldn’t say I hated the entire experience, I quickly realized that wasn’t where my strengths were. I enjoyed putting on events, and promoting my own shows, however, my skills and talents were better utilized around managing people. That’s not to say I won’t do any events (a lot of you have been asking!) but I would rather focus my energy on developing artists and their careers and writing stories that people want to read.