Blackstick. Lloyd and Evan Arntzen, Grandfather and Grandson. Two talented voices, bonded together by more than blood, performing the music they've lived and breathed since Lloyd started teaching Evan the clarinet when Evan was seven years old.
Taken literally, Blackstick refers to the layman's impression of the Clarinet, and is a classic song, written and recorded by their hero, the masterful New Orleans clarinet and soprano saxophonist, Sidney Bechet.
Their brand of Jazz has given a new meaning to the beauty and harmony of this time-honoured musical tradition. It can swing with the full force of a freight train, and have the grace and coolness of a summer rain. It is a joyful noise, dedicated to the proposition that all clarinet players are created equal.
But for all the joy they have brought to people far and wide over the years, Blackstick has yet to record an album! Between Evan's burgeoning career and Lloyd's semi-retirement, Blackstick has fewer opportunities to play. The time to rectify this situation is now!
In order to make this happen, we're reaching out to you, their friends and fans. The production cost of making an album is too much for them to bear alone. Your donations will ensure that the music made by this unique duo and their mighty band will endure!
Plans are in place for Blackstick to record this album next week! Our esteemed colleagues, Jennifer Hodge (bass), Don Ogilvie (guitar), Arnt Arntzen (guitar), and our long-lost brother up from New Orleans, Benji Bohannon (drums) are ready to make the trip to Grandpa Lloyd's place on Gabriola Island to make the recording. In this relaxed atmosphere, with adept recording engineer Dave Henderson on hand, the musicians can allow the music to flow forth. Channelling the force of the great New Orleans jazz clarinettists, Johnny Dodds, Jimmie Noone, and the grand-daddy of them all, Sidney Bechet, a Blackstick Album will be born!
The goal set for this campaign will get the album made on a shoestring budget. Any money raised over and above the goal will go towards some nicer recording equipment to ensure the best possible sound, or to pay our wonderful team of friends, who are passionate about this music, and who are working for less than they're worth.
This album is long overdue! Your support can help ensure that it is made. Please donate whatever you can.