Sunday, January 14, 2018

January 13, 2018

We should be at the Hook and Ladder next Saturday, January 20. Check here later.

Back at the Hook after several weeks, and happy to see a few faces who had been unable to attend recently. Present were Steve M (alto), Sam (trumpet and valve trombone), Jack D (trumpet), Jack K (trumpet), Steve H (piano and alto), Waymond (bass), Wes (tenor), Serdar (guitar), and Victor (vocals).

We got things going with our Add-A-Tune, Move (II-250), a perky little song that doesn't get out much. Jack D, feeling very much under the weather, called I Wish You Love (III-172), but felt it necessary to head home mid-solo. Jack K recalled a favorite of our late drummer Gene, Birk's Works (II-48). Steve M opted for the standard I Thought About You (II-180). Waymond went back to some bop standards with Bohemia After Dark (II-63). Your scribe decided to change the tempo a bit, and play a little alto, asking for Georgia On My Mind (II-45). Same went to a creation of another great valve trombone player, Juan Tizol, a jumping version of Perdido (II-311). Serdar got us feeling all Latin with Besame Mucho (III-42). Wes finally got a turn, and went to old favorite Donna Lee (I-123). Victor had arrived, but was pretty cold and not ready to sing, to we ran a few more instrumentals: Steve M's choice, a rather up-speed version of Dream A Little Dream (I-124), and Rosetta (II-332), a Waymond call. Victor took us on a trip to Avalon (II-25), and looked to add some vocal fun to Steve H's pick, Old Devil Moon (II-272). Speak Low (II-364) was the last tune I was involved in before packing up for the afternoon. Before I actually left, Serdar had gotten everyone caught up in All Of Me (I-20). If there were other pieces played, yours truly was not present.

Participant Picks
Earl Hines, Teddy Wilson, and Art Tatum



Tuesday, January 9, 2018

January 6, 2018

Word on the street is that we are back at the Hook and Ladder (Minnehaha Ave. just south of Lake St.) this coming Saturday, January 13, 1:00-6:00 pm

Work-on tunes: the usual
Add-a-Tune: Move (II-280)

We're back for the New Year, 2018. There to get things kicked off were Sam (bass, trumpet, trombone), Jack K (trumpet), Steve C (piano), and Steve H (alto). Also arriving before the vocal portion were Wes (tenor), Waymond (bass). Serdar arrived before yours truly had to depart, but was not set up until I had to leave. Eventually, Carl (trombone) and Annie (vocals) were on the way in as your scribe was on the way out.

After some mix-ups with the folks at TowerLight were sorted out, we finally got started with the first call from Jack K, My Romance (I-289). We followed a similarly light treatment on Steve C's choice, Easy Living (I-127). Next we did Sam's weekly add-on; this week it was Triste (I-417). Wes took the next one, pulling out Au Privave (I-37). Your truly had his eye set this week on one he had not heard for a long time, Bohemia After Dark (II-63). Jack K opted for Indiana (II-201). Your scribe had to head out following that one, so the rest of this account is based on (somewhat ambiguous) notes taken by others.

It would seem that Steve C requested Rosetta (II-332). After that it is hard to discern who called for which tunes, but it is clear that participants did play and sing the following: It Could Happen To You (II-206), Jumpin' With Symphony Sid (II-218), I Don't Stand A Ghost Of A Chance (II-173), The Folks That Live On The Hill (II-137), Get Out Of Town (II-148), I Remember You (II-149), Dindi (II-105), Saint James Infirmary (II-338), Watch What Happens (II-413), and The Nearness of You (II-285)

Participant Picks

Jumpin' With Symphony Sid
George Benson

Bohemia After Dark
Cannonball Adderley

It Could Happen To You
Sonny Clark
Frank Wess



Wednesday, January 3, 2018

January 3, 2017

Happy New Year!
We resume the Workshop this Saturday, January 6, 2018 at TowerLight, 3601 Wooddale Ave. S., St. Louis Park, 11am to 3pm. 

The following week, we should be returning to the Hook and Ladder for the foreseeable future.


Tuesday, December 19, 2017

December 16, 2017

Due to too many members--especially rhythm section--being understandably busy over the next couple of weekends, we will not hold any Workshops for the remainder of 2017. We plan to resume on Saturday, January 6, 2018. Location to be determined.

We had a lot of fun playing a great deal out of Vol. IV this week. Sam (bass), Jack K (trumpet), Wes (tenor), Serdar (guitar), Carl (trombone), Annie (vocals); your scribe put in most of his time on piano, with a little alto thrown in on choice ballads. As a result, though, he forgot to keep track of the tunes played. Stuff we don't usually get to, though: A Foggy Day, If You Could See Me Now, some Ray Charles tunes, something by the Beatles. Some other non-Vol. 4 songs as well: My Little Suede Shoes, All of Me, Pent Up House, Angel Eyes, Ornithology. There were others.

See you in January!


Thursday, December 14, 2017

December 9, 2017

This Saturday (and for the remainder of December): Meet at TowerLight, 3601 Wooddale Ave., St. Louis Park, 11am-3pm.

Our attendance this week was good. Sam (bass), Steve C. (piano), Jack K. (trumpet), Steve H (alto), Ray (violin), Wes (tenor), Serdar (guitar), Annie (vocals), Carl (trombone) and Matt (vocals).

We got things rolling with the first four playing (appropriately) Four (I-149) at Sam's request. Yours truly took the next call, I've Got The World On A String (III-189), with Ray joining in. Jack K. opted for Isn't It Romantic (I-219), which started slower than it finished. Up next, Ray went to Let's Fall In Love (II-237). Apparently on a theme roll, Steve C. chose The Nearness Of You (II-285), which didn't so much get faster as more swingy. Serdar and Wes had joined us by this time, and were in place to join in Sam's pick, So What (I-364). Ray had changed spots to get closer to the rhythm section, and ended up in position to get another call, My Buddy (I-284), which happened to be next to the one Serdar had wanted to work on, My Favorite Things (I-285).

By now, Annie and Carl were set, and we got to the vocal portion. Annie's first tune was Merry Christmas Baby (C-132), followed by When I Fall In Love (I-439). I had brought along an arrangement from last year, Santa Monk Is Coming To Town, which seemed to amuse everyone. Back to Annie, we got into a favorite, Let There Be Love (III-236). She changed the mood with another of her favorites, Never Let Me Go (III-299). Wes got a pick, and pulled out one that he loves to work on, Donna Lee (I-123). Back to Annie, who had a hankering for Thou Swell (I-411). Matt came in around then, and got the next number, The Christmas Song (C-38). He took an encore with All Of Me (I-20). Annie chose the classic For All We Know (I-145). We finished off with both singers taken a turn on Matt's choice, L-O-V-E (II-252).

Participant Picks
My Buddy
Harry James/Frank Sinatra

Henry Burr

My Favorite Things
Tony Benett

I’ll Be Home For Christmas
Tony Bennett



Friday, December 8, 2017

December 2, 2017

We played for an hour in the Lobby of TowerLight. The crowd from the Dining Room appreciated it--at least that's what one person said.

This week, December 9: Back at TowerLight, 11-3. (Another time conflict at the Hook.)


Wednesday, November 29, 2017

November 25, 2017

NEXT UP: December 3, 2017 at TowerLight.

Meet at 11:00-11:30; play set in lobby Noon-1:00.

Sorry I don't have time for a well worked out version of the posting this week. I can say that we had a good crew on hand: Ray (bass), Sam (trumpet and valve trombone)), Steve H (alto), Jack K (trumpet), Serdar (guitar), Carl (trombone), Annie (vocals), Jim (clarinet) and newcomer Steve C (piano), for whom yours truly is especially grateful.

About half the time we played Christmas tunes, because this coming weekend we will be playing a one hour set for the residents of TowerLight, in thanks for their generosity in letting us use their space.

So, just to be clear, our next workshop is not a workshop, but a gig.