coffee and comics, Kelly Fenton’s Bottomless
Cup Jazz Orchestra (BCJO) enjoys performing her singular and inventive
original repertoire almost as much as they enjoy a good French-roast. Audiences everywhere have come to know the
sound of the BCJO as one of haunting melodies and dancing rhythms. In the tradition of the great storytellers,
these talented young men and women strive to create a musical landscape in
which each listener can go on their own personal journey. After one listen, you may find yourself
addicted to the Bottomless Cup Jazz
Orchestra even more than your morning cup o’ joe.
To hear more of these incredible players, please see the links to the right of this post.
Back in April 2005, I was finishing up my first year of my graduate studies at the Manhattan School of Music and was attempting to write my first "chamber jazz" piece. Completely confused about what "chamber jazz" really meant, and completely overwhelmed by the end of the year and scared to death for my first performance of whatever I figured out "chamber jazz" to be, I found myself on Comic Book Wednesday in Midtown Comics, staring at a $1 one-shot issue entitled "Countdown to Infinite Crisis." I was there to buy my monthly Wonder Woman, the only book I was collecting at the time as I was on a strict budget, but as this "Countdown" was only $1, I splurged.
While on my "Infinite Crisis" kick, I also attempted a second suite inspired by the IC mini-series, "Villains United." Penned by my favorite writer, Gail Simone, this book resurrected 6 of the B, or even C-list villains. The mini-series was fantastic and is now a regular monthly book. I must admit, my attempt to provide the musical characterizations of the six initial characters fell quite a bit short of my expectations. I am now in the process of rewriting that suite as I simply can not let it go. I have big plans to update it with new movements as new characters come and go as the book progresses. Be sure to check back to blog for updates to this mass revision!