When we are open there’s Jazz! December 12th 7-10pm, La Cour, French Restaurant & Jazz Club, presents Loose Association Jazz Quartet.
Loose Association draws on original compositions by band leader Brian Mullins that he describes as new vintage jazz. The vintage element originates from multiple sources of inspiration. Brian and band members have a deep appreciation of the jazz standards and the composers who use chord progressions, overprinted by expressive melodies that can transport musicians and listeners to another place and time. Another source of the vintage vibe comes from the band instrumentation- tenor guitar, piano or accordion, and the ‘mystery horn’, a 1920’s vintage C-melody saxophone, the type played on Frank Zappa’s album The Grand Wazoo. The “new” in vintage is partly from the world influences from Brian traveling and performing in Europe, Vietnam, Central America, and the U.S. This experience is woven into each composition either deliberately or unintentionally to create a fresh, new-jazz, world music sound.
Many in the band are multi-instrumentalists and have acquired their chops in other trad-jazz, Celtic, prog-rock, Latin, acoustic, and classical groups.
Whether performing original tunes or jazz standards, one thing is certain when hearing and seeing Loose Association perform, it will be dynamic. Brian Mullins (tenor guitar and vocals), Doug Yager (tenor and C-melody saxophones), Dave Willey (piano and accordion), Mike Fitzmaurice (upright bass and vocals).
We believe Live Jazz should be as accessible as possible. As always there is no cover charge.