Bruce Forman’s Cow Bop
Monday, March 17
Kuumbwa Jazz Center
“… cookin’, swingin’, yodelin’ good times.” – L.A. Weekly
Cow Bop is a refreshing blend of guitarist Bruce Forman’s earliest musical influences: The freewheeling Western Swing of Bob Wills matched with the modern jazz innovations of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. Since 2003, Cow Bop has been “riding the range” with an entertaining mix of honky-tonk and humor, all done up in tribute to a tradition that reaches back to the 1930 collaboration of country star Jimmie “The Singing Brakeman” Rodgers and jazz legend Louis Armstrong. Besides Forman on guitar, there is the wonderful Pinto Pammy on vocals; David Wise on saxophone and trumpet; Alex Frank on bass; and Jake Reed on drums. Cowlifornia Swing is Cow Bop’s fourth and most recent CD.
As a guitarist and jazz educator, Bruce Forman has been an active presence on the Monterey and San Francisco Bay Area jazz scene for over three decades. As a member of Richie Cole’s Alto Madness, in the late ’70s and early ’80s, he became known around the world for his “take-no-prisoners” style of guitar. Born in Massachusetts in 1956, Forman spent his childhood in Dallas, Texas, where the influences of Bob Wills and the Western Swing tradition held sway. He moved to San Francisco in his mid-teens and became enamored with jazz guitar during his high school years. Before long, he was making his way as a professional musician. In addition to his stint with Cole’s Alto Madness, Forman has performed with a number of high profile musicians, including Ray Brown, Bobby Hutcherson, and Joe Henderson. His stunning guitar work can be heard on the soundtracks of several Clint Eastwood movies: Million Dollar Baby, Flags of Our Fathers, and Hereafter. When not touring, Forman is a jazz educator-in-residence at USC’s Thornton School of Music. He is also a longtime clinician with the Monterey Jazz Festival education program. In 2000, he started the JazzMasters Workshop, a nonprofit dedicated to jazz education, and lauded for its work with young people.
Pinto Pammy’s (Bruce’s wife, Pamela Forman) impressive vocal abilities, and experience, span a range of styles from cabaret to country music and big band swing, including stage musicals. David Wise, a gifted multi-instrumentalist on saxophone and trumpet, has performed with Nicholas Payton, Marcus Belgrave, and Roy McCurdy. Bassist Alex Reed, a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory, has played for a stylistically diverse mix of performers that include Benny Golson, Jim Keltner, and rapper Nas. Drummer Jake Reed has worked with Bill Holman, Bob Mintzer, and Les McCann, and is also a dedicated jazz educator. As for what Cow Bop sounds like? According to Forman, if you can imagine Bob Wills, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Django Reinhardt, Wes Montgomery, Patsy Cline, Peggy Lee, and Spike Jones, all mixed together in one glorious mash-up, then you have a good idea of what Cow Bop can do. Saddle up, partners, and get ready to ride down to the Kuumbwa corral!
Bruce Forman’s Cow Bop
DATE: Monday, March 17, 2014
VENUE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIME: 7:00 PM
PRICE: $20/Adv $25/Door
TICKETS: Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online at: http://www.kuumbwajazz.org
MORE INFO: http://www.kuumbwajazz.org or 831-427-2227
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