It’s time for another creative treat from local vocalist and keyboard specialist, when Ralph Barrat, through the Ralph Barrat Group (RBG) brings us his show Mose Lives! – his personal tribute to one of jazz/blues music’s great performers.
Each year, Barrat brings us a show which focuses on the works of one particular artist. This year it’s Mose Allison.
Mose was unique in the world of jazz. His vocal style was influenced by Nat Cole, Louis Jordan and blues man Charles Brown, his piano playing by the likes of MJQ’s John Lewis, and Thelonious Monk.
He performed with the jazz greats Stan Getz, Al Cohn, Zoot Sims and Gerry Mulligan to name a few. But he never lost his love of the blues and the boogie woogie he heard as a young man growing up on the Mississippi delta. He wrote songs that straddled the blues/jazz divide. His lyrics are often funny, profound and always entertaining. His influence spread well beyond the jazz world.
Bonny Raitt, Van Morrison, John Mayall all recorded his songs.
In 2013 Mose was awarded the NEA’s Jazz Masters Fellowship (the highest American honor bestowed on jazz artists). Sadly, he passed away at 89 in November 2016, so it’s fitting that this November 16th, the Ralph Barrat Group presents Mose Lives! a timely tribute.
RBG comprises Barrat (piano & vocal), Rick Husband (guitar), James Lithgow (acoustic bass), and Neil Clark (drums), and their show will echo Allison’s music in a respectful and fun retrospective of the songs he wrote and the standards that he loved to play.
RBG presented Mose Lives! initially in December 2016 followed by a mainstage show at the Vancouver Island Musicfest in July 2016. For more, visit ralphbarrat.com/mose for info, links, and media clips.
Admission to this show is $10 for members, $12 for non-members, and is set for The Avalanche Bar.
For additional information about the amazing series of jazz performances we have on offer between now and the end of May 2018, visit georgiastraightjazz.com and select the calendar tab.