With Reinhardt away on Monday night (wherever he is), his throne was once again occupied (Get it? That’s called a “call back”) by Mark Griffith, drummer with the Jaco Pastorius Big Band, and he enjoyed himself immensely.
The evening began with a hearty welcome to Lance who once again made the pilgrimage from Seattle. He caught grief from the band and audience alike for his long absence but his return was celebrated by two songs dedicated to him from The SoulMates.
It was a festive air as the time approaches for the release of the DVD that was recorded live at Jimmy Mak’s back on August 30th of this year. The DVD was recorded by Magaurn Video Media and the results are astonishing.
Michael Magaurn is a long-time friend and supporter of Jay “Bird” Koder and now The SoulMates. He was a concert promoter from 1967 to 1974 and was responsible for many of the memorable shows of that era in the Pacific Northwest. In 1972, he established one of the first full-service video production companies in the Northwest. He then developed one of the very first (if not the very first) mobile video production units in this region.
For the live show at Jimmy Mak’s, Mr. Magaurn brought in one of the best sound engineers in the business. The live sound was spectacular and the DVD reflects that same dynamic quality. Mr. Magaurn brought to bear the tremendous talents of Timothy Greenidge. Mr. Greenidge has engineered hundreds of concerts and is an extremely sought-after sound designer. The video employed stationary and roving cameras to render a complete visual experience by capturing the stage action plus Jay “Bird”s strolling into the audience. Nothing is missed.
Catch the anticipation by watching the promo video below. It was kindly provided by Michael Magaurn for your viewing pleasure.
On Saturday, November 19 at 8 PM, The SoulMates will return to Jimmy Mak’s for the video release party of “Sweet Sexy Soul—Live at Jimmy Mak’s.” Gretchen Mitchell will be the opening performer in her Portland return.
The whimsical and talented Jans Ingber will be joining the trio for the celebratory performance. It is always a joy to see what Jans brings to the group. Having been brought up amidst his father Howard’s massive record collection, Jans had a wide exposure to music from his earliest days. He is a great percussionist and is the right fit for Reinhardt’s drumming and he is a splendid compliment to Jarrod’s vocals while holding down his own vocal leads on several songs.
By time of the DVD release party, Reinhardt will have finished occupying Amboy and Jay “Bird” will have all the other birds in the same nest for the first time since August.
The DVDs will be available for purchase at the show for $15.00 each.
Now if only Rhonda and Bobby from the Candlelight could get a temporary gig at Jimmy Mak’s, the whole family would be there!
As Jay “Bird” always says, “We’re gonna join you for some cocktails then be back after a break.”
And so will I…
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