Thanks, to all, for your support for me as a bit of a relic of music past - a jazz pianist. Sounds like a throw back to a time when everything was black and white, before the invention of color. "Play it again, Sam" has been said to me. I vowed, when I was a beginning jazz artist, that I would never, never, be one of those "old" guys playing in a bar while no one listened. I think I thought that would be when in my fifties. Jeez, here I am in my seventies playing jazz to audiences who are talking louder than my contribution, all the while I am still searching for that perfect lick, that perfect combination of chords, that perfect voicing of chords. My fingers magically, or not, finding the sweet spot. My performance closer to the truth than any moment ever before. Forgetting the bridge to a tune I've played a zillion times. Ah, that's me. The modern minstral struggling for purity.
Barney McClure has seven feature CDs on the market and one book on improvisational theory entitled There Is No Such Thing As A Mistake. Check them out.
Barney's book, There Is No Such Thing As A Mistake, is a "how-to" in improvisational jazz and is a popular hit with teachers who use it as a curriculum guide, and with instrumentalists and vocalists at any level who can use it as a self-help guide.
Barney’s gig schedule is tied to the seasons in the general Palm Springs, CA area. Watch this schedule for a lot of nights filling it starting at the beginning of "Season" (October through May). Summer season is typically a reduction of gigs and/or number of players on a steady gig. You can catch Barney at:
Mondays – Barney McClure Trio. All Mondays at the new Woody's Palm House, 450 S Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA. 6-10 PM. Trio with Barney on keyboards, Doug MacDonald on guitar, and Mike McKinley on Drums.
Fridays – Once again at Woody’s Palm House, with the Rose Mallett trio. 6:30 to 10:30 PM.
The weeks are often filled with "Casuals" around the area. For more informations, contact Barney at: Barney's Email, or (206) 707-6651
MY BIG PROJECT is now a reality. Entitled "Show Me" the recording has been released on Origin Arts on their OA2 label. Catalog #: OA2-22117.
"Show Me" features me on Hammond B-3 with the Central Washington University #1 jazz band directed by Chris Bruya. The recording was engineered by Allen Larson.
Some overdubs were handled by Leon Becken at Rancho Mirage Music People Studio; and overdubs and all mixing by David Lange at David Lange Studios. Mastering by Rick Fisher at RFI Mastering. Cover design & layout by John Bishop at Origin Arts. Production was handled by David Lange, Phil Kelly, and myself.
Thanks to Pete Christlieb for "Hookin' It", Pat Coil for "Think Again", and Mike Denny for "Tick Tock."
The students were (and are) phenominal players and people Their performing was top drawer professional and, best of all, they were wonderful to work with - every one of them! What a fun three full days of recording! Thanks: Owen Evans, Lucas Simpson, Brian Lawrence, Alex Worland, Conor Jonson, Darin Greif, Robbie Rutherford, Pavel Spichak, Dan Baker, Michael Deroche, Audrey Stangland, Beserat Tafesse, Drew Medak, Ryan Donnelly, Taryn Zickefoose (all at CWU) and the phenomenal Jeff Busch, percussionist.
To those friends who contributed, Thank You from the bottom of my heart. I am honored to have been presented with the opportunity to play and record arrangements by the incredible Phil Kelly, and to have worked with the CWU students.