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Pink Martini & The Von Trapps

Ray talks to Thomas Lauderdale, founder of Pink Martini:

Two months ago, I had heard of the Pink Panty Pulldown, though admittedly not at all since my college days, but I had not heard of Pink Martini.

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Pink Martini is a band.  A damn good one, too.  I wish I could tell you what kind of band they are, but categorizing them would be a disservice.  They play old school bachelor pad songs.  They play ballads that will make you bawl your eyes out.  They interpolate classical pieces within standards.  I’m sure they’d do a heck of a pro wrestler entrance theme if I asked nicely. Pink Martini also has adapted their unique style to that of another outstanding group, and together they are releasing (next week) a bad arse album.  They and that other group, our old pals The Von Trapps, are playing the Murat Theatre at Old National Centre Saturday night (March 1).

The Von Trapps are the only reason I know jack about Pink Martini.  To recap, here is my interview with them when they spent much of December in Indy as part of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s Yuletide Celebration:

Ray with The Von Trapps, December, 2013:

The Von Trapps dropped the 411 that they were releasing an album with Pink Martini.  I assumed that meant they were celebrating a new album in a more grown up fashion now that they were of age, well three of them anyway.  Then, I figured out they were talking about a band.  I looked up Pink Martini.  Holy cow, are they good.

Thomas Lauderdale is a HOOOOOSIER (you have to say it like former state school superintendent Tony Bennett).
Say HOOOOSIER with Tony:

Thomas left Indiana when he was 12, became a classically trained pianist and founded Pink Martini roughly 20 years ago.  Thomas is a heck of an interview, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.  And what in the blue heck are you waiting for, go see them Saturday night.  We’re getting a foot of dang snow on Sunday, so you might as well get your rear end out while you can!


Chip Davis; Convoy! Oh yeah, Manheim Steamroller, too

LISTEN: My chat with Chip Davis, creator of Manheim Steamroller. And Convoy:

This is the man who created this:

That’s still one of the greatest compositions in American history.  Dang straight.

Oh yeah, Chip did the whole Manheim Steamroller thing, too.  And Manheim is playing its annual Christmas show at the Murat at Old National Centre in Indy Friday night at 8:00pm, Christmas music, tradition, yeah yeah.

But c’mon, Convoy!  C.W. McCall!  Dang!  Gives me chills.  Chip tells a great C.W. McCall story at the end of this podcast.


The Von Trapps know where they came from, but they also do their own musical thing

LISTEN: The Von Trapps on the ISO’s Yuletide Celebration and their own Indy concert:

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Before she brought them to the studio, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra‘s communications director, Jessica DiSanto, asked that I not refer to the Von Trapps as “The Von Trapp Children.”  I thought it an odd request, because the bill at the Hilbert Circle Theatre for the ISO’s Yuletide Celebration plainly says “The Von Trapps.”  It obviously meant others who had interviewed them had made that mistake, and Jessica was just doing diligence, which is her job.  So, I said “sure. No problem.” (To be sure, based on their web site name, it’s an easy mistake.)

After the quartet arrived, the Von Trapps themsevles, unaware that Jessica had already done so, also asked that they not be referred to as “children.”  I asked, incredulously, “people still call you ‘children’?”  “All the time,” they said, even though August, the youngest, is now 19.

I then imagined every interview they must go through; people saying (as I use my best Monty Python, Terry Jones fake woman’s voice), “oh, I just LOVE The Sound Of Music, and it’s SOOO wonderful how you CHILDREN are keeping the memory of the Baron and Maria alive.  It’s SUCH a BE-YOUUUU-tiful love story, and you CHILDREN are SOOOO inspiring blah blah blah blah blah.”  It made the swerve I planned that much more satisfying; I don’t really care for The Sound Of Music.  (My sister is reading this and, simultaneously, ripping up my Christmas card.)

My wish was to ask about anything other than Sound.  But the Von Trapps are proud of where they came from and happy to perform some of the old songs, including Edelweiss. That’s despite the fact that many people are mistaken in thinking the original Von Trapp family sang Edelweiss 70 years ago; it’s a Rodgers and Hammerstein song from the musical. The Von Trapps are also doing their own material in traditional style – you hear a sample at the 5:30 mark of the podcast; August is writing some bad booty daddy music.

After they finish their run with the Yuletide Celebration, which includes their own, stand-alone concert on Monday night, December 16, they will return to their home base in Portland, Oregon to finish work on an album with the wonderful group Pink Martini (who is coming to the Murat next March!)  The album should be out in the spring of 2014, and we can hope the Von Trapps will be back for a tour to push that album.

I can hear August Von Trapp asking his sisters; “bad booty daddy? ”  It’s okay.  It’s a good thing, August.

Dave Koz used to cook with Emeril’s band. Now, he’s cookin’ some Christmas tunes at the Palladium

LISTEN: Dave Koz talks about his holiday show at the Palladium in Carmel:

I tried to find footage of Dave playing with Doc Gibbs and the Emeril Live band.  Couldn’t find any.  That’s too bad, because that show was bad booty daddy.

Dave plays sax, so he automatically qualifies for the cool wall.  Dave and his friends are playing the Palladium in Carmel Friday night at 7:30pm.

Sir James Galway; playing the Palladium in Carmel

Listen to Ray talk to Sir James Galway:

I have a confession. I am an alto sax player, and when I was in high school band, I made fun of flute players. Quite often, too. Karma being what it is – I heard a rumor that it rhymes with snitch – I got to talk to perhaps the best flute player of all time. I was not man enough to tell him I made fun of flute players back in the day, so if Sir James reads this, you may set my penance at your leisure.

If it seems as if Sir James (and it is Sir James, not Sir Galway – he corrected me, but was gracious about it!) has been playing forever, in a way, he has. Galway turns 74 next month and has played with a little of everyone, not to mention every style of music. He says classical is his favorite, though, and that is what he will play with the Irish Chamber Orchestra at the Palladium in Carmel Wednesday night, November 6.

Fun parts of this interview – Sir James talks about his appearances on Sesame Street – confession number two; that was the first place I ever saw Sir James perform. He also talks about playing duets with his wife, Lady Jeanne Galway, for much of the past three decades. “We live together, we eat together, we sleep together. How about that? A married couple sleeping together. Never heard of that before. Must be from Chicago.” Lady Galway (and it is Lady Galway; ladies get to use their last names, and Sir James corrected me on that, too) will play with her husband at the Palladium.

The best answer was near the end of our conversation when I asked him to describe the Irish Chamber Orchestra. “It’s a very good chamber orchestra, and it’s from out of Ireland.” Is any further description necessary? When Sir James Galway is on stage, you don’t.