November 5, 2014

AllAboutJazz Italia!

A new review of The Wee Trio from my second most favorite country.

“Listening to Live at the Bistro is a truly exciting and fulfilling for Both the mind and the body. We hope to see them as soon as possible and listen to These latitudes.” – Di Luigi Sforza – Italian Allaboutjazz

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The Wee Trio: Live at the Bistro

The beautiful cover of the CD-Wee Trio-style comic pop art, Roy Lichtenstein, including onomatopoeia-represents the three musicians in the act of playing.The music is a dynamic and multi-faceted, in line with possible variations of a company on the move.The combination of pop art and  Live at the Bistro  -Disco photographing the performance of the homonymous group of local St. Louis for a couple of years away from  Ashes to Ashes: David Bowie Intraspective -not accidental. Like the works of Lichtenstein, the disk contains no distinction between genders. Pop and bop, funk and rock, swing and cool jazz are references in the joint process of kaleidoscopic musical representation of the group. Each piece is in itself a synthesis of poetic antolologica of the trio, where nothing is hidden within the parameters to change. The execution of each piece is malleable, constantly moving. The sound tracks are not closed square. They evoke images always changing.Live at the Bistro  evokes an imaginary dream in which live sound American “high culture” and “low” energy, frenzy, meditative space, the ability to change perspective and direction to the music, a sense of belonging to a linguistic syntax jazz identity of the modern type , aspiration and realization of a democratic music, in which the parity between vibraphone ( James Westfall ), bass ( Dan Loomis ) and battery ( Jared Schönig ) is the formal discipline of the entire project.That Wee Trio is made ​​up of creative originality of the sound is shown that he knows is powerful, supple, expressive and full of adogmatici references if necessary lackluster. Apart from the aforementioned genres, music that is known to be nicely decorated with baroque-music echoes even then understanding of the jazz tradition that leads inevitably to the  Modern Jazz Quartet .
The trio’s music will not surprise artificially and a priori, simply amazed at the way in which is built: it feeds the exchange of ideas between musicians and performances by no means obvious.
The strength of the group comes from the game of the parts, dall’interplay-that is the mainstay of sound-and an approach to the musical culture of pragmatic – pluralistic and multilingual-in which the unexpected combinations are the norm.

What are the standards (“Cherokee” and “There Is No Greater Love”), to pop songs by David Bowie (“Queen Bitch”) or original pieces (“Sabotage,” “White Trash Blues,” “New Earth” and “Ranthem”), the assumption is the same: to give the performances a deep sense of lightness music. This makes the song highly legible to the user, despite the valuable traits of craftsmanship and technical mastery.

Listening to  Live at the Bistro  is a truly exciting and fulfilling for both the mind and the body. We hope to see them as soon as possible and listen to these latitudes.

Track Listing: Cherokee; Drum Intro; Sabotage; Vibraphone Intro; hite Trash Blues; Queen Bitch; Bass Intro; There Is No Greater Love; Space Jugglers; New Earth; Ranthem; Tig Mack; Drum Intro; White Out.

Personnel: James Westfall: vibraphone; Dan Loomis bass; Jared Schönig: drums.

Record Label: Bionic Records

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June 25, 2014

BIONICA Update

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March 25, 2014

Chops

January 13, 2014

Louisiana Weekly

New Orleans Jazz CDs of 2013

imgres“Vibraphonist James Westfall, a Houston native who again makes his residence in New Orleans, is an immaculate player who assembled The Wee Trio, a talented and aggressive group, in 2005. The Wee Trio Live at the Bistro stands as an excellent representation of the variety of rhythms, styles and textures – from funk, to swing and even a cover of David Bowie’s “Queen Bitch” – of their performances.” – Geraldine Wyckoff

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January 3, 2014

Offbeat Awards

Every year Offbeat Magazine hosts an awards banquet here in New Orleans. I’m honored to be on a list with musicians that I look up to and/or have mentored my career. The idea of winning or “beating” these artists has no appeal to me but I can’t help but to feel honored to be mentioned on the same list!

 

If you would like take part in the voting process you can click on the link below.

http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07e8p3kcn2hpec6b5h/a0317t1hpzw8cib/questions

 

Or if you would like attend the event please visit:

http://www.offbeat.com/best-of-the-beat-awards-2013/

December 18, 2013

The Wee Trio in Downbeat Magazine

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October 17, 2013

James Westfall Quartet at the Ellis Marsalis Center this Tuesday

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October 5, 2013

Saturday October 12th 8pm

Live at the Marigny Opera House

Celebrated husband and wife James and Kathleen Westfall (the vibraphonist and the classical soprano) present a recital of modern repertoire blending varieties of musical genres. A free event; suggested donation: $15

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photo: Scott Myers

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August 24, 2013

The Colt 45s

The Colt 45’s EP has just been released as a FREE DOWNLOAD! 

 

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Download your copy here and enjoy the sounds of some New Orleans finest country legends:

 

James Westfall – Vox, Piano, Organ, Vibraphone
Alex Pena – Vox, Acoustic Guitar
Jesse Smith – Electiric Guitar
Trey Boudreaux – Bass
Nick Solnick – Drums
Rex Gregory – Saxophone

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June 19, 2013

Fire House BBQ

In case you were wondering about the BBQ link under the ETC… tab at the top right corner, that link takes you to my BBQ blog. I had the misfortune of trying some BBQ in my own neighborhood recently and decided to blog about it…

You can check out the link at:  http://jameswestfallmusic.blogspot.com/2013/06/fire-house-bbq-new-orleans-la.html

or you can read it below.

 

Fire House BBQ (New Orleans, La)

When I saw them putting up this sign about a year ago, I got really excited because this is literally right around the corner from my house. Why has it taken me a year to finally try this BBQ you may ask – I never saw a pit nor smelled the burning of wood. Not only that, this place closes durring the winter. Why does this BBQ place close durring the winter you may ask – because it’s not a BBQ place, it’s a Snowball stand…Dun Dun Dun!

Yea you aren’t going to get a legitimate BBQ experience here. You will however get a legitimate Snowball experience, if you like that sort of thing which I do not.  As I walked into the 10×10 room I asked the lady behind the counter (who was behind a bullet proof glass window) for 1/2 a slab of ribs. Ribs seemed to be the only BBQ they had. She walked out of the back door and didn’t return until 10 minutes later. Turns out, people that actually order the BBQ from Fire House get the BBQ from the the restaurant next door. I assume that they are owned and operated by the same people/person.

 

 

This is what I got:

 

 

These ribs fell right off the bone. They had that soggy texture with no flavor and no smoke. I spent hours trying to dig these ribs out of the sauce, I couldn’t find them. Classic case of OBBBQ (Oven-Baked BBQ). You want a lecture about using an oven when it comes to BBQ, go down the road to Donaldsonville and talk to J.B. (at the 44 second mark)-

 

 

Below are some pictures of the menus from this establishment:

Fire house BBQ will be receiving a generous score of 0.5 out of 5.
No Urbanspoon banner this time because they aren’t even listed….

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