The Uncle Dan and Sophie Jam

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The Uncle Dan and Sophie Jam
The next “Uncle Dan and Sophie Jam” at The Jazz Kitchen is October 31 at 6:30 pm. We will feature the great saxophone player Sophie Faught and I talking about our own favorite mentors, and our guest will be Steve Allee, the piano player/composer who has been a mentor to many of the musicians of this city (including Sophie herself, and all-star drummer Kenny Phelps).

I hope you can come if you haven't already purchased tickets. You can learn more and buy tickets here.

Yes, the Jam is Halloween night and no, we're not dressing up. But it'll be a great time with great friends. I hope to see you there.
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Sophie Faught and Dan Wakefield have told – with music and stories – what it was like to start out as a musician and as a writer in their own distinct eras, and what it was like to experience their first “big break.” Now an upcoming “Uncle Dan and Sophie Jam” will feature stories of their own setbacks – and how they “got back up” – with words and music.

The experience of getting knocked down six times and getting up seven has been experienced by all artists in all times and places. In fact it is not limited to the arts or sports, but is a part of human survival. The Nobel Prize winning Irish playwright Samuel Beckett, author of “Waiting for Godot,” said it this way:

“Fail. Fail Again. Fail Better. . .”

Winston Churchill, who led England in its darkest hour, and the Allies to beat the Nazis in World War II, put it these words:

“Never give in, never never never never – in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in, except to convictions of honor and good sense.”

The same sentiment was stated most succinctly by the great blues singer Bessie Smith, who said:

“picked up my bag, baby, and I tried it again.”

Musician Sophie Faught, writer Dan Wakefield and guest vocalist Everett Greene will bring back this basic message to individual lives, the stories of our everyday experience, in the words and music of “The Uncle Dan and Sophie Jam” at The Jazz Kitchen, Tuesday, September 25, 6-8 pm.

“THE UNCLE DAN AND SOPHIE JAM”

With words and music, by writer Dan Wakefield and saxophonist Sophie Faught. Take a creative journey with Dan and Sophie as they tell through stories and music how they each, in different eras, became a musician, a writer. Their Jams give off the rhythm and excitement as well as the dedication/ inspiration of making artistic dreams come true.

SOPHIE FAUGHT has performed in venues across the country and the world, including Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City, and the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. She has headlined at the nationally recognized Portland Jazz Festival, leading her own group in original compositions and jazz standards. She has toured as a member of Nicholas Payton Jazz Quintet, and has also appeared with Jimmy Heath, Slide Hampton, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Terrell Stafford and Dick Oates.

“Faught plays with assurance beyond her years.” - Doug Ramsey, Jazz Times

“The depth of her tone, the maturity of her improvisations and the appealing idiosyncrasies of her phrases point to a young musician of considerable accomplishment and still more potential.” - Howard Reich, The Chicago Tribune
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DAN WAKEFIELD is a journalist, novelist and screenwriter, whose best-selling novels include Going All The Way and Starting Over. His memoirs include New York in the Fifties, which was made as a documentary film, and Returning: A Spiritual Journey, which Bill Moyers called “One of the most important memoirs of the spirit I’ve ever read.” He created the NBC primetime series “James at 15” and wrote the screenplay of his novel Going All The Way starring Ben Affleck. He has written for magazines including The Nation, Esquire, The Atlantic, Commentary, Commonweal, TV Guide, The Yoga Journal and Theology Today.

“Dan Wakefield is a master storyteller.” - The Los Angeles Times Book Review

“Dan Wakefield. . .has become the Boswell of the heady days when art and literature had a flowering in The Village.” - Richard Shepard, The New York Times