Went to see Patricia Barber
and her band at a fundraiser for the
Oak Park Arts Council
and in particular its scholarships program. I had seen Barber before at
her usual venue, the
. I am still somewhat
divided about her music: some material is really good and innovative. I
particularly like how she transforms standards, and how she can rock rather
hard. Some of her stuff, on the other hand, leaves me unimpressed. But
she's definitely worth watching given the opportunity.
The surprise revelation of the evening, though, was Ars Nova, a standard
quintet (tenor, alto, piano, bass, drums) composed of a mix of current
students of the local high school
as well as former students now spread across area music programs as well as
They played a set of modern classics and were really impressive.
No web site to link to, unfortunately.