has another, perhaps less-known feather to his cap: jazz musician. His musical styling’s in Wood Allen and his New Orleans Jazz Band
have been heard all over California this last week, and ended with a live performance at UCLA. The group, consisting of seven members, performed at Royce Hall on Thursday evening for a lengthy performance. The band played consistently for almost two hours, and that isn’t including the “two generous encores”. Audiences offer differing opinions as to how this film legends translates into music star. One reviewer from the Hollywood Reporter
writes, “Allen is easily the weakest musician on stage, playing a difficult, unforgiving instrument. His tone is often aspirated and screechy, lacking the clarinet’s melted chocolate smoothness
.” He softens his claim however saying that Allen had the good judgment to “surrounded himself with some fine players
”. But no one criticizes Allen’s musicianship more than the film star himself. When asked about his clarinet skills the actor responded
, “People come and see me because they've seen my movies. I am surrounded by good musicians and I do my best, but it's strictly enthusiasm.”
Well, in Allen’s defense, finding a solid ensemble is really half of the battle. The improvised, conversational character of New Orleans Jazz music requires a dynamic group of band mates. A group like you find in Woody Allen and his New Orleans Jazz Band. The actor explains in interviews that his love of jazz fueled him to form the group, but that it is his appreciation- not talent that drove him to become a musician. Regardless of the motivation, or skill level, this celebrity gossiper is just happy that he’s treating the west coast to some of that NOLA sound!
And we think that he sounds pretty good! Listen here!