Our new friend Jason Parker (a jazz trumpeter in Seattle, and probably one of the more high-energy / exuberant people I’ve met in a long while) was kind enough to include a little Durkin / IJG featurette on his blog. My own commentary was typically cryptic / obscure / stupid, but the hat-tip is very much appreciated. Check it out. (And while there, be sure to check out Jason’s music as well.)
Okay, I feel like I at least have the basic outlines of a tour in place. I can’t say much about it yet, though the two officially confirmed gigs are now listed on our “shows” page:
October 15 in Pittsfield, MA — We’re going to be the headliners at that (very artsy) city’s October “Third Thursday” celebration. We played here last time we were out east (2007), and had a great time.
October 19 in Brooklyn, NY — Pairing up once again with our friends: Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society. Come on: how many times a year do you get to hear two wildly different big bands in one evening? A splendid time is guaranteed, etc., etc.
There are other exciting things waiting in the wings, I swear. I just can’t commit ’em to text yet, cuz none are locked in. But there will be more updates soon, and much “huzzah”-ing, and maybe a little “harumph”-ing too.
A VERY STUPID, hastily-edited little promo spot about our upcoming tour, done in the style of the bombastic action movie trailer. (All that’s missing is the deep masculine voice-over.)
Does this make you want to see one of our shows? Please?
Friday, April 3 (Bakersfield) – Cal State Bakersfield’s Dore Theater. 8 PM.
Saturday, April 4 (LA) – El Cid. 10 PM.
Sunday, April 5 (San Diego) – Venue change! We’re now playing at Dizzy’s in San Diego (not at Mesa College), in a delicious triple-bill. The night starts with the Mesa College Jazz Ensemble at 6pm, PLOTZ! at 7 PM, and IJG at 8pm.
Hope to see you there!
A while back I posted (via my Facebook account) the entire video-fied version of Dancing Days — the well-meaning, tuneful, but ultimately bombastic space-pop-opera I wrote way back in high school.
Just got wind of this new rendition of one of the tunes from that callow thing:
What can I say? It sounds pretty awesome to me. Thanks, Ant!