Cheryl Pyle's Beyond Group had a beautiful concert on Sunday, June 21.  From upper left, clockwise: Haruna Fukazawa (C flute), Gene Coleman (piccolo, bass flute), Judi Silvano (voice), Michael Eaton (soprano saxophone), and Cheryl Pyle (C flute, alto flute).

Cheryl Pyle's Beyond Group had a beautiful concert on Sunday, June 21. From upper left, clockwise: Haruna Fukazawa (C flute), Gene Coleman (piccolo, bass flute), Judi Silvano (voice), Michael Eaton (soprano saxophone), and Cheryl Pyle (C flute, alto flute).

Friday June 19: Mother Brain First International Online Music Festival

Mother Brain Records held its First International Online Music Fest on June 19th at 8pm!  

The music and creativity was awesome to witness. We plan to continue this model into the future (it may or may not be on Facebook Live), so be on the lookout for more invitations and events.

Mother Brain Records held its First International Online Music Fest on June 19th at 8pm!

The music and creativity was awesome to witness. We plan to continue this model into the future (it may or may not be on Facebook Live), so be on the lookout for more invitations and events.

New EP out today! The Seven Cheaps

The 7 Cheaps

Social Ecology Project

All proceeds from our June 5, 2020 Bandcamp Friday sales will go to Black Socialists of America.

Nature, money, work, care, food, energy, and lives: The 7 Cheaps affected by free trade to make the world inexpensive and safe for capitalism. By integrating green theory with the traumatic past of colonialism, indigenous movements, slave revolts, and other insurrections and uprisings, this album endorses a radical way to understanding the planet in the turbulent twenty-first century and reclaim it.
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In memorium: Danny Watring

Rest in peace to Danny Watring, one of my first core band teachers (who is shown here second from the left).

Danny was known in the Kansas City area for his work as a wind band director, conductor, and jazz band director.  He taught my band class, jazz band, and marching band at what was Liberty Junior High School, and later he was my high school jazz band director.  I literally learned to swing from him.

Besides being a music educator who inspired and enriched the lives of thousands of students, he was a drummer with a passion for the tradition of jazz drumming. He was influenced by Papa Joe Jones, Philly Joe Jones, Max Roach (his favorite), Buddy Rich, Elvin Jones, and Tony Williams, among others. (In a strange or fateful coincidence, Danny passed the same evening as Jimmy Cobb.)

Danny was very supportive with my high school jazz quartet/quintet, and although he gave suggestions and pointers, he also allowed us a great degree of freedom to discover the music for ourselves. I appreciate that a great deal.  I went to any number of regional jazz festivals for both big band and jazz small groups under his guidance and sponsorship.

I am deeply grateful for my exposure to the music we call jazz and a life's work of creativity and self discovery. With love and respect, thank you for everything, Mr. Watring!

Previous events

Feb19

Beneath the Paving Stones / Borderlands Trio double bill

The Blockhouse, 205 S College Ave, Bloomington, IN 47404

8-9pm Borderlands Trio Rocky Martin - drums Michael Eaton - saxophone Brendon Keller-Tuberg - bass

9-10pm Beneath the Paving Stones Kyle Quass - trumpet Michael Eaton - saxophones Rocky Martin - drums TBA - bass

The Road to Sound reviews Symbiotique

Rest in Peace, Bern Nix (September 21, 1947 - May 31, 2017)

Three Tenors at Rockwood

2017 Midwest Minitour

Scott Yanow reviews Individuation

Spectrum NYC, 11/5: Tenth Intervention + Beyond Quintet Double Bill!

Tenth Intervention at The Greene Space - 40th Anniversary of the Golden Record!

2016 MIDWESTERN TOUR/DIALOGICAL ALBUM PREVIEW TOUR: March 18-24

Michael Eaton on Destiny Records