September 15, 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 16, 2:00 p.m.
Playing will be group leader Craig Buhler on Clarinet, Chris Lee on Vibraphone, Al Harris on Piano, Ted Enderle on Bass and Angie Tabor on Drums.
From the first moment the diamond needle touched the grooves on the LP, 12-year-old Craig Buhler fell in love with the New Orleans clarinet of Pete Fountain.
To this day, the lyrical melodies that thrill Sequim listeners in the music of Craig Buhler are due in part to his intense study of those early Pete Fountain LP’s. Whether with The Stardust Dance Band, The Friends of Brubeck, Sarah Shea, or his own combo, Craig prizes beautiful tone, energetic humor, and melodic freshness above all other musical qualities.
Born with a serious visual disability, Buhler was excluded from Little League, which was the pinnacle of success for boys of his generation. To compensate, he joined Richard Watts’ seventh grade school band and quickly realized he had found a “team sport” in which he could finally excel. He vowed to be always prepared to play music with anyone, anywhere, at any time, a goal he maintains to this day.
“My father took me to hear Pete Fountain in person at the Hollywood Bowl soon after I joined my first teenage band at the age of 14. To this day, I have no idea how Dad managed to finagle backstage passes for us, but I was awestruck when the master walked up and shook my hand.
“Pete’s clarinet has a playful lyricism sometimes missing from ‘new school’ jazz. He’s always inventive, and he always swings. He’s got that rich, woody sound which catapulted New Orleans jazz from a local Louisiana curiosity into a world-wide phenomenon. He never struggled to be ‘current’ or ‘hip,’ because his music was timeless. Rediscovering these records several decades later, I am amazed the music still sounds fresh and vital. That’s the spirit we are hoping to bring to OTA in September.
“Pete passed away in 2016 at the age of 86, having been married to Beverly for 65 years. But his music will live on for generations. Please join us as we celebrate the life of this American musical giant.”
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