The View From Here – February Jazz and an Interview with Peter Karle

Three great shows coming to the Aeolian this month.. AND we get to talk with Peter Karle about his Kinda Kinda Blue event  on the 23rd.  So let’s get to Peter first…

On February 23rd the Aeolian presents the Peter Karle Combo with “Kinda Kind Of Blue”, a tribute to Miles Davis.

Peter is a local educator, teacher and accomplished  guitarist with a deep interest in the development of jazz.  Let his sextet lead you through one of the great jazz recordings of the post be-bop era.

Miles was a game-changer in jazz; he moved the art form from the Charlie Parker be-bop era to a ‘bluer’ more introspective, cooled-down approach.  And he laid the groundwork for the modal approach to jazz harmony.  The album was released in 1959 and has since sold over 4 million copies making it one of jazz’s most popular albums.

Peter’s combo has worked from the original score to recreate the album and feel as closely as possible.

Here’s Part 1 of an interview with Peter about this concert.  Listen to Peter’s take on the music of Miles and what it’s like to take it apart, learn it and put it together again…


In  Part 2 Peter talks about the musicians themselves.  How they approached the music with Miles when the album was cut – and how Peter’s Combo relates to those musicians and their styles.


IN OTHER NEWS…let’s look at our February  events.  Two great evenings wrapped around Valentines Day.

Carol Welsman’s Jazzy Valentine concert starts us off on February 14th.  Carol, originally from Toronto and now living in L.A. has had a long career as a  smooth, contempory vocalist and arranger.  She and her trio know their way around a ballad.

Carol has an interesting backstory. Carol is a graduate of Berklee.  She also studied and graduated at CIM, a highly regarded music school in Paris where she developed her friendship with Herve Legrand, Michel Legrand’s son. She then received a grant that allowed her to study voice in Paris with Michel Legrand’s sister,  soprano Christiane Legrand.  Carol’s latest release “Alone Together” came together from requests she made online to her fans about what they wanted to hear.

Where would you rather be on Valentine’s day – with the light of your life?  Can’t think of a better place.



On Friday February 16th (why not just stay over?) the Prime Time Big Band with  2017 Jack Richardson Award winning singer Gina Farrugia  present A Prime Time Valentine, a great evening of great very danceable big band standards.

Do you suffer from BDD (ballroom dance deficiency)?  Does watching MGM movies made in the 30s and 40s depress you?  Do you intentionally avoid stores that sell top hats??  We can help you fix that.

The Aeolian morphs into a 1930s cabaret.  Channel your inner Fred Astaire or Ginger Rogers and dance (or just listen) to some of the great contemporary big band standards.


And then…it’s March!   More about that to come.  Till then stay warm and keep lovin’ live music.