Sunday, February 25, 2007

Kokopelli's NOLA Benefit & Show - Thank You!

Greetings -
I wanted to thank everyone for the Fri. Feb. 16th show: Kokopelli's (best club in town) for hosting the AmeriCorps NOLA Katrina Benefit; Brooke Fritz and Scott from AmeriCorps Colorado chapter for all the legwork; Bryan Gordon (bass), Lee Brown (sax), Larry Algiene (special guest drummer from Blues Planet Project band filling in at the last minute), and Dwight Mark (mandolin & guitar) for donating their time and talent; Blues Planet Project for their superb opening set. It was a great night of music for me and a boost for the ongoing rebuilding efforts in the Gulf!

Sat. Feb. 17th
An awesome display of music from the band, with drummer Phil Weightman from the Hazel Miller Band sitting in. Once again I realize why I play with the best. Thanks to the many fans (old and new) who showed up Sat. night, too. We appreciate your support! Sometimes the only way to make it through the weekend is a shot of blues/funk/soul/rock from the Jack Hadley Band. See you at the next gig!

Friday, February 2, 2007

Hyde Street Studios, San Francisco

In November 2006 I flew out to San Francisco to record with my old friend, Steve McQuarry. He is an unbelievable keyboard player (seriously. straight ahead, fusion/funk/acoustic/synth. think Bud Powell meets Chick Corea) living in the Bay Area. Anyway, Steve called me early in the fall to discuss coming out to record at Hyde Street Studios in San Francisco. Hyde Street was the old Wally Heider Studio from the '60s. Everyone you can think of has recorded at this place: Hendrix, the Dead, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock and the list goes on and on.

On 11.18 we went into the studios and recorded one of my songs, "You & Me", and one of Steve's, "Sliby". In addition to myself on guitar and vocals and Steve on Hammond B3, we had Sheryl Mebane on drums (great drummer, in the vein of Tony Williams) and Craig Broussard on bass (awesome bassist, can do it all). Recording always takes much longer than you think. The setup alone for the drums is wild. Mics everywhere, trying to get your sound just right.

What can I say? The results will be posted soon on the Jack Hadley Band MySpace page in the near future. Many thanks to Steve for putting the whole thing together and great playing, Sheryl and Craig for their inspired playing.

Photo: left to right: Gabriel Shepard (engineer), Craig Broussard (sleepy eyes!), Josh (engineer), Jack Hadley, Sheryl Mebane. Steve took the picture.

Steve McQuarry
Sheryl Mebane