ACOUSTIC ROOTS-FUNK… WITH TROMBONES! Momentous Records artist Mike Starling is on a mission. The La Crosse songwriter has been busy sifting through boxes of old cassettes and tapes searching for neglected, lost musical gems.
The latest product of this audio scavenger hunt Is Don’t Read the Between the Lines, a collection of seven songs that got their start back in the mid-‘90s and have now been finalized, re-energized and remastered.
Starling laid down the original tracks in a couple live-in-the-studio recording sessions with guitarist Hans Mayer and drummer Dave Purcell. Trombonist Mark Lakmann is featured on four tracks. The album debuted at a University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Planetarium show on Nov. 9, 2023 and is now available on Bandcamp. Visit mikestarling.bandcamp.com to listen to the album, read song lyrics and get more info.
JAZZ IN WINONA: Momentous Records artist John Paulson will present a free pre-concert talk on Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 1 pm at the Winona Friendship Center, 251 Main St., Winona, Minn. In addition to discussing upcoming concerts and recordings, his presentation will include a comparison contrast between his music and the popular big band jazz of earlier times as well as a brief description of how he writes and arranges music for his own band.
On the following weekend, the 20-piece John Paulson Big Band will be performing their mix of original, contemporary jazz in back-to-back concerts at the Winona Art Center will celebrate 10 years of successful concerts, recordings and educational residencies. The concerts are set for Saturday, Feb. 4 at 7 pm and Sunday, Feb. 5 at 3 pm.
Visit the paulsonjazz.com website for ticket info and details on more upcoming Paulson performances.
CD RELEASE SHOW: Leo and Leona’s is hosting a release party for Momentous Records artist Kit Mayer on Friday, April 15. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. at the live music venue in Newburg Corners, Wis. Kit and his band will be playing songs from his new album Stone’s Throw, released on Momentous on Dec. 18, 2021.
Directions and more info at leonandleonas.com
• The "Original" La Crosse Jazz Quartet with Greg Balfany, Chris Frye and Tim Henke, Root Note, Sept. 18
At 7 pm on Jan. 27, she'll be playing with the Greg Balfany Jazz Quartet for a Juvenile Diabetes Fundraising Gala at the Cargill Room.