Ham Jam House -Concert

Stanley Smith and Jon Doyle

Stanley Smith and Jon Doyle will play a fine acoustic concert on Thursday, May 23th, at 7:00 PM.

The Players...

Stanley Smith -Guitar, Vocals, Clarinet

CD Review...
Stanley Smith / In the Land of Dreams (Spanks A Lot)
Reviewed by Jim Caligiuri, Fri., April 26, 2002

Locals may know Stanley Smith from his work as a clarinet player for the Asylum Street Spankers and the Jazz Pharaohs. He's also served as a sideman with Terry Allen, Terri Hendrix, Santiago Jimenez Jr., and worked on the soundtrack to Richard Linklater's The Newton Boys. Knowing all that still won't prepare you for the unassuming, cool vibe of In the Land of Dreams. Although his clarinet makes a couple of brief appearances on the disc, what stands out are Smith's remarkably simple songs and his deft, unpretentious way of putting them across. In this sense, The Land Of Dreams is aptly titled, since listening to it evokes a hazy state of mind. It's a journey through several musical styles, from bossa nova to blues, performed with a feeling that's simultaneously restrained and stimulating. One can find parallels to Smith's sound in the early work of Tom Waits, for its laid-back hipster vibe, and the raspy understated vocals of J.J. Cale. Those two artists are working different territory when it comes to tone, while Smith evokes a lazy mood, one of life just casually drifting by on a hot summer day. Along with producer Stephen Doster, Smith has also enlisted some of Austin's best players here, including Dave Biller, Jeremy Wakefield, Ephraim Owens, Rich Brotherton, Tony Campise, and Chris Searles. Together, they've created an offbeat disc that's as lovely as it is intriguing.

Jon Doyle -Reeds
Austin reedman Jonathan Doyle finds inspiration in the musical legacy of Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins, Edmond Hall and Sidney Bechet.

Jon was born and raised in the Chicago-land area. Following a love of jazz, he briefly enrolled in the DePaul University School of Music, where he became interested in the history of jazz and all of its offshoots. Jonathan left school for a two-year stint traveling with The Mighty Blue Kings, a jump blues and R&B band. He continued playing early blues and jazz styles for another five years with The Four Charms while also taking part in Chicago’s emerging creative music scene.

Jon’s love of acoustic and “American roots” musical styles led to a move to Austin, Texas in 2003. He currently free-lances around Austin’s vibrant live music scene, mostly playing traditional jazz and western swing. He performs regularly with the Jazz Pharaohs, White Ghost Shivers, Aunt Ruby’s Sweet Jazz Babies, Giant Three, and Warren Hood & the Hoodlums. He also appears occasionally with The Jim Cullum Band at The Landing in San Antonio as well as Texas music legends Asleep at the Wheel and Willie Nelson.

Stanley Smith / Sweet Buterfly
Stanley Smith / Take Me Out To The Ballgame

Doors open at 7:00 and the concert is 8:00 to 10:00.
$10 suggested admission donation

BYOB and hors d'oeuvres are welcome!