Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Rob Birdwell's Jazz Performances

Well, 2006 is certainly turning out to be a Jazzy one - many great gigs and shows coming up. I'm constantly reminded at how special each opportunity to perform is ("...blow like there's no tomorrow!") I'm enjoying playing so much and especially love making music with so many great players. We're beginning to explore new territory and the discovery is always fun. I'm penning and hoping to sprinkle in more of my ORIGINALS of course. This schedule is fairly solid, especially for the next couple months, with more to come in May. Hope to see you out and about! (Rob Birdwell)

Tues., Feb. 28, 8:00 PM - Fat Tuesday

Bombs Away Cafe Corvallis, OR

Fri., March 3, 7:30 PM - Hill Top Big Band
Old World Deli Corvallis, OR

Sat., March 4, 4:00 PM - XTET
Sibling Revelry Corvallis, OR

Thu., March 9, 7:30 PM - XTET
Bombs Away Cafe Corvallis, OR

Sat., March 18, 7:00* PM - Birdwell/Bliss Duo
Benefit for Corvallis Art Center Corvallis, OR

Sun., March 19, 12:30* PM - Birdwell/Bliss Duo
Benefit for Corvallis Art Center Corvallis, OR

Sat., March. 25, 8:00 PM - XTET
Sahalie Wine Cellars Corvallis, OR

Thu., April 13, 7:30 PM - XTET
Bombs Away Cafe Corvallis, OR

Tues., April 18, 8:00 PM - Portland Jazz Jams
Mississippi Pizza Jazz Jam Portland, OR

Fri., April 21, 7:30 PM - XTET in Portland
World Forestry Center Portland, OR

Thu., May 11, 7:30 PM - XTET
Bombs Away Cafe Corvallis, OR

Thu., June 15, 7:30 PM - XTET (All Swedish Show!)
Bombs Away Cafe Corvallis, OR

Wed., August 9th, 7:00 PM - XTET
Portland Art Museum Portland, OR

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

One For The Road - Glenn Tilbrook DVD

I'm a big fan of Glenn Tilbrook's work, solo and with Squeeze. He really puts a great deal of craft into his songs and production - he's quite an amazing singer/songwriter and I always enjoy and appreciate his work.

Years ago, I had the opportunity to hear him (along with fellow Squeeze writing partner, Chris Difford) perform an "unplugged" set in a small music shop in Los Angeles - it was spectacular! What a performer - what a rapport with the audience. Naturally, I was very interested to read film maker/Director Amy Pickard's posts a couple years ago saying she'd filmed a portion of Glenn's RV tour of the U.S. After much hard work and quite a bit of help from many talented folks, the DVD is complete and available on!

This DVD is a must-have for Glenn/Squeeze affectionados. And believe it or not, I'm actually listed in the end credits on the DVD! Go figure! I made a very modest donation to help out with production costs (per Director Amy Pickard's request - hey, this is, after all, Glenn Tilbrook...his movie, story - well worth it!) - and because she's clearly amazingly organized and super generous herself, Amy listed my name (along with about 20 other "Financial Contributor" folks) in the credits at the end of the movie. Sweet!

Now if I (Rob Birdwell- musician and performer himself...hint, hint), can somehow get invited to play, for example, a bit of Flugelhorn on a new Glenn Tilbrook track - now that would be very cool! (There, I said it - but alas, I won't hold my breath for Glenn's RV to honk in front of my driveway!) But, hey, what would life be without a pipe dream or two? Well, here's one that's certainly no pipe-dream:

Glenn and Willie Nelson - yes, I do believe this collaboration will bear fruit. Somehow, some way, we're going to hear Glenn Tilbrook and Willie Nelson performing together. (Like Kate Bush sings: "just saying it can even make it happen...") - so I'm saying it here and now.