WELCOME TO CAFÉ JAZZ. We are an eclectic jazz trio, which can be reduced to a duo or add a rhythm guitar for gypsy jazz. We can also add vocal and or other instruments for swing dance music. We use an eclectic menu of international jazz styles
The acoustic properties of our instruments can create a melodic, exotic, rhythmic, and international blend of various jazz styles. Larry Nobori (saxophone/clarinet), leads the group of professional musicians, whose backgrounds range from classical music to various jazz venues, and includes gypsy jazz and swing. Guitarist Larry Munson, who spent many years in Los Angles studios and taught at USC and other universities, plays acoustic and 7 string electric guitar.
CAFÉ JAZZ began as a group over 5 years ago. We have performed in several local Portland jazz venues, mainly at the Living Room Theater in downtown Portland. We continue to play there on a regular basis.
Café Jazz is designed by a menu of different American, French, and Brazilian styles. Here are the styles of jazz we use, which we can blend together, or play separately.
FRENCH: Gypsy Jazz, as designed by Django Reinhardt, and French chansons and swing of the 30's-40's in Paris. Recorded examples:
1) Nuages 2) Madrid 3) Swing 42 4) Swing For Jinny 5) Bossa Dorado
6) Wolf Tracks 7) Hungaria
BRAZILIAN: Three types of Brazilian jazz: Recorded examples:
Bossa Nova: 8) Desafinada Samba: 9) If I Only Had A Brain Choro: 10) Tico Tico
AMERICAN: Four types of American jazz: Recorded examples:
Broadway Standards: 11) Fly Me To The Moon 12) Get Me To The Church On Time 13) Who Can I Turn To
Jazz/Blues Standards: 14) In Your Own Sweet Way 15) Whisper Not 16) Joy Spring 17) Tempus Fugit 18) Dat Dere
Swing: No recorded examples: Don't Be That Way Wholly Cats Why Don't You Do Right I'm Getting Sentimental Over You Shiny Stockings
CLASSICAL DUO: Acoustic guitar and clarinet. A wide range of classical and baroque to jazz duos, for weddings and private parties.
ORDER OF TUNES:
1) Nuages gypsy jazz
2) In Your Own Sweet Way jazz
3) Whisper Not jazz
4) Madrid gypsy jazz
5) Joy Spring jazz
6) Swing 42 gypsy jazz
7) If I Only Had A Brain samba
8) Desafinada bossa nova
9) Swing For Jinny gypsy jazz
10 )Fly Me To The Moon Broadway
11) Tempus Fugit jazz
12) Dat Dere bluesy
13) Tico Tico choro
14) Get Me To The Church On Time Broadway
15) Bossa Dorado gypsy jazz
16) Who Can I Turn To Broadway
17) Wolf Tracks gypsy jazz
18) Hungaria gypsy jazz
GROUPS: Café Jazz can be broken onto the following groups. Keep in mind that the size of the group may affect the cost.
Duo: clarinet/alto sax and acoustic/electric guitar
Trio: Add bass
Quartet: 1) Add rhythm guitar for gypsy jazz. 2) Add trumpet for jazz ensemble
Quintet: Add drums for swing dancing and more rhythm.
MEMBERS: (musicians who performed on recorded music examples)
Larry Nobori, leader, alto sax/clarinet
Larry Munson, acoustic and 7 string electric guitar
Mark Alexander, acoustic bass
Rick Homer, trumpet/mellophone
Alan Tarpinian, drums
Phil Lavine, rhythm guitar for gypsy jazz
GYPSY JAZZ: Django Reinhardt, Stephane Grappelli, Dorado Schmitt, Sidney Bechet, Babik Reinhardt.
AMERICAN SWING: Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Count Basie, Duke Ellington.
BRAZILIAN: Carlos Jobim, Luis Bunfa, Laurindo Almieda, Bola Sete
BROADWAY: Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Richard Rodgers, Leonard Bernstein.
JAZZ/BLUES: Bud Powell, Charlie Parker, Les Paul, Paquito D'Revira, Ken Peplowski, Anat Cohen, Benny Golson.