Scott Laningham Music News: April 30 Edition

On April 16, I had a special guest for our Thursdays Brass House Trio. Trumpetist Mike Harris drove down from Houston to sit in for most of the gig. Mike was my jazz band director at Amarillo High School from 1976-78, culminating with a trip to the Montreux Jazz Festival in ’78. He was an important mentor and friend to me at a time when I greatly needed it. It’s not an overstatement to say he is one of the biggest reasons why I became a musician, particularly a drummer. It was great to see and hear him again. His sound is as sweet as I remember it.

I had the privilege of working with Alejandro Escovedo & The Sensitive Boys on three Continental Club Tuesdays over the last month. It was a thrill to work with his excellent band and play blues-infused rock that clearly draws from Alejandro’s rich heritage and broad taste in styles. Each night we followed Alejandro’s set by taking in the last set of Ephraim Owens, Red Young, and Brannen Temple at the Continental Gallery, upstairs.

Alejandro Escovedo & The Sensitive Boys (& Girls)
Alejandro Escovedo & The Sensitive Boys (& Girls)

You won’t hear a more accomplished, intuitive, and creative trio anywhere in the world. Just one more reminder of what an eclectic and unique scene we have in Austin, Texas.

After Church on Monday last night, Elizabeth, Elias and I listened to Dr. Polk share one of his stories from his many adventures. We were talking about how crazy some musicians can be and the subject of a famous trumpet player with the initials LG came up. LG is legendary for his trumpet (Santana, Joe Henderson, and more) AND his crazy. During one of his darker moments, on an early 1980s gig where I was the drummer, he tried to borrow, without permission, the late Bob Meyer’s flugelhorn during the gig! He didn’t even wait until the gig was over, but stashed it in his duffle bag between sets, where it was discovered by Bob. That’s some crazy for ya, right there.

SCHEDULE (May 1-16)

(L-R Mitch Watkins, Daniel Durham, Scott Laningham)

WHO: Brass House Trio w/ Mitch Watkins (guitar) & Daniel Durham (acoustic bass) while Chris Maresh is traveling with David Grissom.
WHERE: The Brass House, 115 San Jacinto between 2nd and Cesar Chavez
WHEN: Thursdays. 6-8:30pm

WHO: John Blondell Trio 
WHERE: Eddie V’s, 301 East 5th Street
WHEN: Friday, May 1, 7-11pm

WHO: Red Young Quintet
WHERE: The Elephant Room, 315 Congress Ave
WHEN: Saturday, May 2, 9:30-late

WHO: Mitch Watkins & John Fremgen
WHERE: The Elephant Room, 315 Congress Ave
WHEN: Sunday, May 3, 9:30-late

Church on Monday, Continental Gallery
Church on Monday, Continental Gallery (L-R Dr. James Polk, Daniel Durham, Elias Haslanger, Scott Laningham, Jake Langley)

WHO: Church on Monday
WHERE: The Continental Gallery, 1313A S. Congress
WHEN: Every Monday, 8:30-10pm
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WHO: Church on Monday, opening for Lyle Lovett (Stateside/Paramount Theatres Gala)
WHERE: Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave

WHO: John Blondell Trio 
WHERE: The Elephant Room, 315 Congress Ave
WHEN: Tuesday, May 12, 9:30-late

Church on Monday at Austin Art City Fest (Me, Dr. James Polk, Daniel Durham.)
Church on Monday at Austin Art City Fest (Me, Dr. James Polk, Daniel Durham.)

WHO: Church on Monday
WHERE: Art Space, 445 N Main Ave, San Antonio
WHEN: May 15, 8-11pm (Member Event)

WHO: Church on Monday
WHERE: Mainstreet Festival, Grapevine
WHEN: May 16, 10-11:30pm

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