Along Came Betty, Thursday, April 4, 2013

Along Came Betty
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Kuumbwa Jazz

“A top drawer band in the style of the Jazztet or the Jazz Messengers.” – San Francisco Examiner

Along Came Betty has championed the hard-bop style of jazz since they formed in 1998. The band’s name actually comes from a tune written by saxophonist/composer Benny Golson, a progenitor of hard bop. Featuring Brian Stock – trumpet and flugelhorn, Paul Tarantino – saxophone, Biff Smith – piano, Heath Proskin – bass, and Patrick Tregenza – drums. Along Came Betty has appeared several times at the Monterey Jazz Festival and the Big Sur Jazz Festival, playing classic jazz compositions from the ’50s and ’60s. The Secret Parts of Fortune is their latest CD.

Hardbop was the term used to describe the re-infusion of blues and African-American gospel influences back into jazz. The innovations and evolution of jazz, from the swing era of the ’30s to the bebop revolution of the mid-’40s, to the intellectualism of Cool in the early ’50s, inspired a desire for a return to the earthy roots of jazz. It was also a way for jazz artists to appropriate some of the attention being paid to the post-WWII jump-blues groups. Drummer Art Blakey and pianist Horace Silver were in the vanguard of musicians leading the movement towards that earthier approach, sometimes referred to as “funk” (a term used much later to describe the music of James Brown and George Clinton). Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers were the proto-type for the hard-swinging, extroverted and energetic style that was christened “hard bop.” Over the decades, Blakey’s Messengers became a “jazz university” of a sort, graduating a number of future star performers, including Curtis Fuller, Wayne Shorter, Lee Morgan, and many more who went on to make their own mark in the world as bandleaders and jazz composers.

As a form of creative expression that has challenged the imagination of jazz musicians for over five decades, the legacy of the hardbop canon continues to provide artistic inspiration. In the spirit of that legacy, Along Came Betty pianist Biff Smith contributes several of his own excellent tunes to the band’s repertoire. For anyone who loves the modern jazz classics, Along Came Betty’s Kuumbwa appearance is not to be missed.

Along Came Betty

DATE: Thursday, April 4, 2013
PLACE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIME: 7:00 PM
PRICE: $12/Adv $15/Door
TICKETS: Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online at:
MORE INFO: or 831-427-2227

Media contact:
Patrick Tregenza

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