For the Christmas season 2017, starting December 9th, Clifford “Maverick” Taylor is going to be roaming the Northern California area with his central camp setup at the Sacramento Ranch House Property. He will be making jam sessions with artists in that region, with performances as noted on the calendar below.
2017-12-13 Wednesday night open mic music session in Placerville, CA. On stage with me was: Larry Park (lead guitar); David Wren (steel Hawaiian guitar); Johnny Duwall (drum box); Bob (Djembe); Jeff Stutzman (Bass guitar); Jim “Bose” Brennon (mouth harp and Guitar).. all excellent, outstanding artists with a large musical vocabulary, and good ears to hear where I was driving the three (3) songs brought to the audience:
- Get Out Of My Life, Woman (Paul Butterfield, key = A)
- When The Lights Go Out (Willie Dixon, Maverick style)
- Voodoo Chile revisited (Jimi Hendrix, Maverick jazz style, key=C)
Based upon the response the audience made, the song selection and their style arrangements are good; reuse these songs because they work well to get everyone moving lively. Yes, use these songs again!
SONGS FOR THE NEXT OPEN-MIC SESSION
In an effort to demonstrate and practice singer support, I’ve selected the following music and looking for a female vocalist to show what she can do when I’m backing her:
- Mary Did You Know (1991: Mark Lowry – Christmas song)
Also, for the next session instrumentalists I’ve selected this music:
- Big Boss Man (1960:Al Smith and Luther Dixon; 1985 BB King)
- I Put A Spell On You (1956:’Screamin’ Jay Hawkins; 2004:Joe Cocker)
- She’s A Woman (1964: Lennon and McCartney; 1975: Jeff Beck)
- Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers (1975: Stevie Wonder; Jeff Beck); This song, dedicated to guitarist Roy Buchanan, was composed by longtime friend Stevie Wonder as an apology to Jeff for releasing “Superstition” first. This is what Beck is referring to in the liner notes on the back of the album when he says, “thanks to Stevie.”
- Little Wing (1968: Jimi Hendrix; Maverick arrangement)
2017-12-20 Wednesday night open mic music session in Placerville, CA. On stage with me was: George Spriggs (Guitar); David Wren (steel Hawaiian guitar); Johnny Duwall (drum box); Bob (Djembe); Jeff Stutzman (Bass guitar); Jim “Bose” Brennon (mouth harp and Guitar).. all excellent, outstanding artists with a large musical vocabulary, and good ears to hear where I was driving the two (2) songs brought to the audience, as the last performance of the night:
- The Work Song
- Big Boss Man
In the future, Maverick will try to get to Powell’s between 6:30pm and 7pm to help with the stage setup (get the Vox amp on stage, warmed-up and tuned); and sign the performance schedule sheet for the 9:00pm slot (3 songs; 15 minutes – most visitors at Powell’s on a working day have to go home by 10pm to get some sleep for the next morning’s job.
Based upon the response the small audience made, the song selection and their style arrangements are as follows:
- The Work Song did not go over well, and I agree with Bose, the style was wrong because there was not a drummer who knows how to play a swing beat. Swing would be challenging to create on drums using only a Djembe and a drum box.
- Big Boss Man was well received as the audience liked the Bass line that sounds similar to Michael Jackson.
Contact MAVERICK by call or text at: (858) 576 – 8363
MAVERICK is ingenuous having the quality of being free, noble, honest, and open while a bit feral, wild, dangerous, and unfettered by cultural norms.; he is authentic masculinity; not branded (owned by no one); free roaming (a nomadic or free-spirited person).
A Calendar of Events to Follow Maverick by:
A core group of musicians (the “Set List” Band) has been working on tunes from a regular monthly song list. Each song practice is about playing and teaching jam session. Here, you can develop the art of soloing, as well as “call and response,” and extended jam improvisation.
Organizer Paul W inspires the creative energies for the group. Mr. Sid is the Song-leader that keeps our songs on track. None of the musicians play solos or vocals louder then anyone one else. We practice each song several times to tighten our group harmony and practice improvisation skills.
NOTE: YOU MUST BE ABLE TO PLAY THE MELODY FOR ALL THE WARM-UP SONGS ON OUR LIST TO ATTEND!
This Jam Session is a good fit for musicians with at least one year of jam session experience (three years experience would make the extended solos easier for you to play). *
Format: We will practice our blues and rock songs at least two times each. We will also work on improvisation techniques… to enhance the ability of each musician to listen to the other players. (1) Nail the melody (2) Tighten up the group sound. (3) Follow the drummer (4) look for signals from other players (5) Singer or Song-leader selects the solos and the call & response (6) add riffs & musical phrases (7) Drummer raises and lowers the volume to highlight each instrument.
Please consider attending these musical opportunities as a singer, song-writer, instrumentalist, or groupie advocate.
THE WORLD’S SAVIOR JESUS IS BORN!
BEHOLD, I BRING YOU GOOD TIDINGS OF
GREAT JOY, WHICH SHALL BE TO ALL PEOPLE.
FOR UNTO YOU IS BORN THIS DAY IN THE
CITY OF DAVID A SAVIOR, WHICH IS
CHRIST THE LORD.
ONE HOPE, ONE PROMISE,
ONE BIRTH, ONE JOY
… ONE MIRACLE!
But the wisdom that is from above is first pure,
Then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated,
Full of mercy and good fruits…
Share your joys
Count your blessings
Live with passion
May all the wonders of Christmas
Be yours throughout the coming year
Clifford “Maverick” Taylor
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