Okay, so jazz doesn't make much of a squeak at SxSW. Too small an audience share. Too cerebral. It whispers rather than shouts. And you're already getting mega press releases, so we'll try to make this one as painless as possible. (If you make it all the way to the end, you'll see pictures of cute puppies.)
He plays the bass like a human voice; she
sings like an instrument. They bring a singer/songwriter's
sensibility to jazz standards and create original world jazz fusing
gypsy music, European classical, counterpoint, and infectious world
rhythms. San Antonio, TX—February 18,
Joël Dilley and pianist/vocalist/songwriter
Bett Butler bring their emotional and eclectic music to the
Room for SxSW Saturday, March 15, at 8 pm.
San Antonio, TX—February 18, 2013—Bassist/composer Joël Dilley and pianist/vocalist/songwriter Bett Butler bring their emotional and eclectic music to the Elephant Room for SxSW Saturday, March 15, at 8 pm."This talented married couple practically read each other’s minds at this stage of their tasteful musical partnership, which only means the surprises at these intimate shows are conveyed by a nod or a wink or a slight breath between the two."―Hector Saldaña, San Antonio Express-News.
Their backgrounds couldn't be more different, but both are intrigued by the narrative power of music and draw from a world of inspiration.
Virtuoso bassist Joël Dilley, whose original music has been licensed for use in television (HBO, Discovery Channel, Playboy Channel, Food Network, and more), film, Web, and ambient settings worldwide, counts Charles Mingus, Chick Corea, and Francois Rabbath among his many influences. He's performed and recorded with Willie Nelson, Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson, Herb Ellis, Tal Farlow, Arturo Sandoval, Richie Cole, and regional symphony orchestras in venues ranging from hole-in-the-wall clubs to the Moscow Conservatory. A category nominee and winner in the Independent Music Awards and a frequent finalist in the International Songwriting Competition, he has four critically acclaimed albums on Dragon Lady Records: River of Hope, The Window, A New World, and Mandala Meditation Series: Lullaby of the Flatlands. Hear clips from his latest album here on Soundcloud.
Bett Butler credits the influence of Billie Holiday for her phrasing; Blossom Dearie, Tom Waits, and Etta James for her tonal colors; and Tanya Maria for her style of scatting along with unison piano lines. She authored two albums of original music, Short Stories and Myths & Fables. Her album American Sampler placed in the top 10 in iTunes American Songbook category its first week in release and won the Cabaret Category of the Independent Music Awards, and her original song "When Love Has Left the Room" won the Jazz Category of the International Songwriting Competition. She and Dilley were the first married couple to have both won individual grants from the Artist Foundation. Hear clips from her latest album here on Soundcloud.
They'll be joined at SxSW by percussionist
Nina Rodriguez and
drummer Mike Koenning.
"Put simply, pianist/vocalist Bett Butler and bassist Joël Dilley make great records."―Jim Beal, San Antonio Express-News
"Don’t expect 'lite jazz' here. The Houston-bred Bett Butler’s voice is sometimes hoarse and downright growly, but that’s usually the prelude for an unexpectedly soothing wail or a left-field, smirky stage whisper. She makes spontaneous, thrilling, but unflashy vocal choices based on the material, which she has usually written herself or with her partner Dilley....In its most acid moments, Butler’s voice recalls the late-career performances of jazz great Annie Ross in Robert Altman’s sprawling flick Short Cuts. For the most part, though, Butler is warmer, fuller, and more agile in her phrasing of a lyric. Miss this Texas vocal powerhouse at your peril."—Jimmy Fowler, Fort Worth Weekly
"Storytelling with instrumental music is a daunting task, but Dilley gives much thought to the ways music — without words — can articulate feelings and experiences.”—Gilbert Garcia, The Current
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Butler & Joël Dilley
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