Have you ever heard those old-fashioned radio intermission chimes? Those relaxed smooth tones letting you know it’s commercial time? That’s a vibraphone. It kind of like an aluminum xylophone with a muting pedal. The aluminum gives it the mellow sound we like. It usually goes by the moniker ‘vibes’, so we’ll call it that so we feel knowledgeable on the music lingo.
Lionel Hampton was the first one to introduce vibes into the Jazz Music world, back in 1930. He had played around with the vibes backstage, and he found one in the studio where he and Louis Armstrong were recording. They added its sounds to a recording, and that sparked Lionel to go on to become ‘king of the vibes’. Now it’s a slightly unconventional but still popular addition to the jazz music scene.
Susan Pascal (being featured on this Sunday’s Jazz Brunch) plays the vibes. Her quartet uses a guitar and vibraphone together. Susan says about that combo, “the combination of vibes with guitar makes a full, rich and sparkling sound–I love it!”
Her quartet plays originals, great jazz tunes, and American classics as well, all making a wonderful listening experience. Come aboard for a champagne greeting; and enjoy a brunch buffet while watching her perform on her unique instrument.
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