Watch Joel Cummins Work “Orfeo” Into The Allman Brothers Band’s “Jessica” [Pro-Shot Video]

first_imgTo honor their 20th anniversary and the release of it’s not us, Umphrey’s McGee will hit New York City for a three-night run at the Beacon Theatre from January 19th through 21st, 2018. In addition to these highly anticipated shows, Live For Live Music is presenting two official after-shows featuring members of Umphrey’s as well as longtime collaborators of the band. Following the run opening performance on January 19th, Umphrey’s own Ryan Stasik and Joel Cummins will team up with Matt Jalbert and Isaac Teel of TAUK for a very special “Tauking McGee” show at the Highline Ballroom.Ryan Stasik & Joel Cummins To Replace Brownie & Magner For Show With TAUK MembersThe second after-party on January 20th will showcase a one-off super jam formed by DJ and longtime Umphrey’s McGee pal Wyllys. Dubbed “The Will To Live,” the band will find Rob Compa from Dopapod leading the charge on guitar, while Mike “Maz” Maher from Snarky Puppy lays down his impressive trumpet skills. Those familiar with Wyllys’ NY Hustler Ensemble will recognize three alumni: former Trey Anastasio Band & New York Hieroglyphics man Peter Apfelbaum will be on percussion for the evening, while guitarist Chris Cartelli from Newton Crosby and keyboardist Zac Lasher from U-Melt will round out the all-star cast.Wyllys Taps TAB, Dopapod, & Snarky Puppy Members For Umphrey’s McGee Afterparty Joel Cummins, the keyboardist for progressive rock powerhouse Umphrey’s McGee, is one of the most underrated players in the live music community. Often overshadowed by the virtuosic talent of guitarist Jake Cinninger and drummer Kris Myers, Cummins is UM’s secret weapon. He creates a variety of unique soundscapes with his arsenal of piano, organ, and synthesizers that helps shift the band’s sound from hard to progressive rock. Cummins is also often tasked with elevating UM’s vocal delivery with his spot-on harmonies.With his varied musical talents in mind, it should come as no surprise that Cummins also excels as a solo performer, with his rare solo piano sets a playful combination of fun covers, instrumental pieces from classical composers and jazz legends, and, of course, beloved Umphrey’s McGee originals. At the 2018 iteration of Brooklyn Comes Alive, Cummins delivered one of his rare solo piano sets at Brooklyn Bowl, helping kick off the Sunday lineup in a big way. Opening with “In Memory Of His Father” by jazz pianist Bill Evans, Cummins unleashed well-executed covers of “Pour le Piano: Prelude” by Claude Debbusy, “Jesus, Etc.” by Wilco, and “Peg” by Steely Dan as well as an outstanding take on Umphrey’s classic “2×2”.However, the clear highlight from Cummins’ solo piano set came at the tail end, when the keyboardist offered up a stunning arrangement of “Jessica” by The Allman Brothers Band. Cummins preceded this medley by mentioning that, while the Allman Brothers are one of Umphrey’s favorite bands and biggest influences, his bandmates rarely say yes when he suggests they play “Jessica” and that any opportunity he gets to play the song is in a live setting a pure treat. He also mentioned that his arrangement contained a special surprise for Umphrey’s fans.About four minutes and twenty-two seconds into “Jessica”, Cummins made good on his promise, dropping directly into his gorgeous, long-lost instrumental “Orfeo”. The song is a fan-favorite that was performed many times by Umphrey’s McGee in their earlier years but has been transformed into a rarity since 2004, with only twenty-two appearances on Umphrey’s setlists in the past thirteen years. It is truly special when Cummins busts out “Orfeo”, and this was no different, taking the Brooklyn Comes Alive audience on an ethereal musical journey they won’t soon forget.Watch “Jessica” into “Orfeo” into “Jessica” below, and experience Joel Cummins as he works his musical magic to make this unique arrangement shine.last_img read more

Syracuse football primer: What to know for Wake Forest week

first_imgSyracuse (1-0) faces Wake Forest (1-0) in Week 2 looking to pick up its second win of the season at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday in the Carrier Dome. Here’s everything you need to know entering SU’s first Atlantic Coast Conference game this season.Tougher competitionThe Orange is coming off a 47-0 win on Friday over Rhode Island, a Football Championship Subdivision team that finished just 1-11 last year. While Syracuse put up eye-popping statistics — 426 yards of total offense, 40 minutes of possession and 4 rushing yards allowed — the quality of opponent must calm fans’ excitement.The Demon Deacons are significantly better than URI, but WFU did finish as the worst team in the ACC last season. While only the second week of the season, it might be the Orange’s most winnable conference game all year.SU beat Wake Forest on the road last season, 30-7, for one of its three wins.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textCloudy outlookWith senior Terrel Hunt now out for the season with a torn right Achilles, true freshman Eric Dungey is Syracuse’s starting quarterback. Dungey, who beat out sophomore Austin Wilson for the No. 2 spot in training camp, went 10-of-17 for 114 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions against Rhode Island.After Friday’s win, offensive coordinator Tim Lester said Dungey made some freshman mistakes, but stayed composed throughout the game. He showed positive signs, but his first ACC game will be a bit more of a challenge.Dungey is listed at 6 feet, 3 inches and at 202 pounds. ranked him with three stars and as the No. 91 quarterback in the 2015 class.Injury reportIn addition to Hunt, sophomore hybrid Ervin Philips left the game in the first half with a lower-body injury. He had two receptions for 41 yards and two touchdowns in the first half.First-string junior running back Devante McFarlane didn’t play against Rhode Island despite being in pads on the sideline. After the game, head coach Scott Shafer said he was banged up in training camp, but he’ll be ready for Wake Forest.Game-week coverageFor all Syracuse-Wake Forest updates leading up to and during the game, you can follow @DOSports on Twitter and keep up regularly with Comments Published on September 7, 2015 at 1:44 pm Contact Paul: [email protected] | @pschweds Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Angels lefty Tyler Skaggs answers doubters with results

first_img Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Mike Trout, with bat and glove, helps Angels end losing streak Now, still a month shy of his 27th birthday, Skaggs has finally shown consistently who he always knew he could be.He has a 3.08 ERA through a team-leading 73 innings. He has not missed a turn, and not even had a hint of an injury.“He’s just kind of putting everything together,” said Angels pitching coach Charlie Nagy, who was also Skaggs’ pitching coach in Arizona. “He’s confident out there. He feels good about what he’s doing. He’s working hard between starts. He’s attacking the hitters a lot better. He’s throwing all his pitches and it’s equated to success.”All his pitches.Perhaps the greatest tangible improvement for Skaggs to get to this point is the addition of his changeup. Skaggs always had a fastball and a sharp curve, but he’d never been able to master a third pitch. He experimented with a cutter and a slider and several kinds of changeups. Although statistical websites show Skaggs throwing changeups in previous years, he said those were never actual changeups, just half-hearted attempts or “BP fastballs.”Over the winter, he finally found a changeup grip that seems to have worked, and he finally learned to throw the pitch with the required conviction to sell it to the hitters.He’s thrown the changeup 11.2 percent of the time, and hitters have hit .188 when putting it in play. They’ve also swung and missed at it 15.4 percent of the time, which is the highest whiff rate of his three pitches.The pitch’s “coming out party,” so to speak, was an April 23 game in Houston. Skaggs outpitched the Astros’ Gerrit Cole, who is having one of the best seasons in baseball, and he shut out the powerful Astros over seven innings. In that game, he threw 21 changeups, and he recorded 10 of his 21 outs on the pitch.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Clippers, Mavericks brace for the unknown in Game 4 These days, Skaggs’ numbers have caught up to his potential, finally, which means that years worth of negative feedback from fans and the media provide him a little extra satisfaction.“Twitter is a fickle place,” Skaggs said. “I’ve seen a lot of things over the past few years that have hurt my pride. When I’m on the mound, I think I’m pretty good. I had some rough outings here and there. When I’m completely healthy, there are not a lot of people who can do what I can do with a baseball. I think I proved that coming up through the minor leagues. I was a top prospect for a reason.”The 40th overall pick in the 2009 draft, out of Santa Monica High, Skaggs was one of the key prospects the Angels dealt to the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2010 to get Dan Haren. Heading into the 2013 season with Arizona, he was a consensus top-20 prospect, ranked as high as 10th by up for Home Turf and get 3 exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Since then, his career has been rocky. There were a couple rough cameos with the Diamondbacks as a 21-year-old, followed by a trade back to the Angels, followed by Tommy John surgery, a shoulder problem and a strained oblique.Even when he was healthy, he showed only flashes of his talent, interrupted by struggles.center_img “It’s made a lot of difference,” Skaggs said this week. “Fastball, curveball, 50 percent of the time you’re going to (guess) right. I think it’s nice to throw a third pitch in there.”The changeup has also helped throw off the timing of hitters against his fastball. The whiff rate on his fastball is 11.1 percent this year, after being 7.3 percent the past three years.Aside from the addition of the third pitch, Skaggs said his mechanics are now more locked in than ever, which is probably just a matter of taking the ball consistently without any injury interruptions. He’s also finally settled on the third-base side of the rubber, after spending his early years “all over the place,” he said.“I was so young,” he said. “I was out there trying to figure it out. Now I’ve had so much time off, so much time to watch games and talk to these guys, I feel like I’ve matured.”Which brings us back to his phone. If he begins to slump and needs a little motivation, it’s right there.“There are a lot of people that had a lot of doubt,” Skaggs said. “That’s to be expected. I’ve missed a lot of games. I haven’t pitched well when I did come back. I had bright spots, but I wasn’t that consistent. But I know what I can do when I’m physically strong. I’m not going to be too confident. I’m going to take it one day at a time. That’s the motto. Never look too far ahead.”ALSOThe Angels had no new information to release on Thursday night regarding the follow up tests on Garrett Richards or Zack Cozart, according to Club spokesman Tim Mead. Richards said Wednesday he was to have an MRI on Thursday, after straining his left hamstring. Cozart also said he expected to undergo further tests after he strained his left shoulder.UP NEXTAngels (Tyler Skaggs, 5-4, 3.08) vs. A’s (Chris Bassitt, 0-1, 1.29), Friday, 6:30 p.m., Fox Sports West, KLAA (830 AM) Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros OAKLAND — For the past few years, Tyler Skaggs has been the subject of, at best, skepticism, and, at worst, downright anger.He’s well aware. He read the articles from critical baseball writers and the Tweets from disgruntled fans.In fact, he kept them.“I have a lot of saved Tweets in my phone that I look at to fire myself up,” the Angels left-hander said. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield last_img read more