Wednesday, June 19, 2019

June 15, 2019

Next Time: Sat. 6/22, 11am-3pm, TowerLight (3601 Wooddale, St. Louis Park)

Sam's Add-A-Tune: Peri's Scope (I-326)

Old faces and new at this week's workshop. Sam (trumpet and trombone), Raphael (bass), Steve H (soprano and drums), Steve M (alto), Roger (tenor), Jack K (trumpet and drums), Robert (piano), Annie (vocals), and Carl (trombone).

We got underway with Sam's Add-A-Tune, the easy swaying Ceora (I-72). Steve M called for a nice swing on Here's That Rainy Day (I-175). Jack K asked for a ballad, but not too slow, with Easy Living (I-127). Roger changed things up entirely by pulling out 500 Miles High (I-141). Raphael requested J.J. Johnson's lovely Lament (I-239). Your scribe changed tempos with a medium up version of Easy To Love (I-128). And somehow it was already 1:00.

Annie got the vocal segment off to a good start with Song For My Father (I-373), and followed up with the gospelly rocker, I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free (I-195). Sam called the instrumental break, going with Little Boat (I-245). Annie finally got us out of Book I with a ballad and a slow blues: It Never Entered My Mind (III-205) and Fine And Mellow (III-122). For the next instrumental, Carl opted for old favorite 2 Degrees East, 3 Degrees West (II-408). More vocals from Annie, this time Without A Song (II-428), and the tricky Rodgers and Hammerstein number, Love Look Away (II-252). Steve M dug out Dexter Gordon's Cheese Cake (II-82) for the instrumental. Annie took one more, finishing her afternoon with People Will Say We're In Love (II-310). We ended the session on Raphael's choice, the alternating Latin/swing I'll Remember April.

--SJH

Monday, June 10, 2019

June 8, 2019

Next Time: Sat. 6/15, 11am-3pm, TowerLight (3601 Wooddale, St. Louis Park)

Sam's Add-A-Tune: Ceora (I-72)

Your scribe finally has a little more time, so a return to narrative. If that bothers you, please re-read last week's entry.

Present at some time or other were Sam (trombone, trumpet), Raphael (bass), Steve H (piano, soprano), Jack K (trumpet, drums), Roger (tenor, drums)), Craig (guitar), Wes (tenor), Ari (trumpet, drums), and Carl (trombone).

Sam's Add-A-Tune this week was Doxy (II-111), which got us off to a smooth start. Roger grabbed the next call with Au Privave (I-37), which Raphael continues to insist doesn't mean anything in actual French. Your scribe was up next and opted for All Of You (I-21). We had skipped Jack's turn, and now he got his chance with When Sunny Gets Blue (I-440). Raphael pulled out his list and challenged us with Minority (I-273). Craig opted for Cole Porter's peculiarly segmented In The Still Of The Night (II-198). Ari went for the simply difficult Speak No Evil (I-xxx), which somehow was not a complete disaster. An easy-speed version of Groovin' High (I-166) was Wes' pick, and it's not often when that is considered a rest song. Carl decided on So What (I-364), and we all said, Whatever.

Round 2 had us on Sam's choice, Killer Joe (II-229), which we found oddly difficult to keep from speeding up. On the other hand, Roger wanted to play Blue Bossa (I-50) up tempo, which was quite the trick. Ari's choice, My Favorite Things (II-285) was nobody's favorite by the time we finished; not one person got through a chorus without having to stop and get everyone back together. (I suspect we'll do it again next time.) Wes opted for an old favorite, Robbin's Nest (II-xxx), which got everyone back in the groove. Next up, Carl took us on a Sentimental Journey (II-343), complete with trombone phrases and some harmonies. Yours truly went with the Ellington swinger, Perdido (II-311). We finished off with Raphael's final choice, the ballad You Don't Know What Love Is (I-459).

--SJH

June 1, 2018

Next Time: Sat 6/8/19, 11am-3pm, TowerLight (3601 Wooddale, St. Louis Park)


Who Was There
Sam (trumpet, for one song), Raphael (bass), Jack K (trumpet), Steve H (piano), Ari (trumpet)

What Was Played
Nuages (I-307) Sam
When I Fall In Love (I-439) Jack
I Love You (I-190) Steve
With Every Breath I Take (III-453) Raphael
Old Cape Cod (III-307) Jack
Hello Young Lovers (I-176) Steve
Song For Strayhorn (III-368) Raphael
Blue Monk (I-52) Jack
Body And Soul (I-57) Ari
Come Rain Or Come Shine (II-88) Steve
Early Morning Mood (III-103) Raphael
I've Got You Under My Skin (III-190) Ari
Lover Man (II-255) Steve
This I Dig Of You (II-395) Raphael
Giant Steps (I-157) Ari
Easy To Love (I-128) Steve
Speak Like A Child (II-363) Raphael
Soultrane (II-362) Steve

--SJH

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

May 25, 2019

Next Time: Sat, 6/1, 11am-3pm, TowerLight (3601 Wooddale, St. Louis Park)


Once again, your scribe was not able to attend, but will return this coming week, as if that matters to anyone reading this blog. (IS anyone reading this blog?) In the meantime, Raphael has kept meticulous notes of the last session--a good one, he reports.

Who Played
John, Raphael, Robert, Craig, Carl, Ari and Wes

What They Played
In A Mellow Tone (I-206) John
Blue Monk (I-52) Robert
Four (I-149) Raphael
Ornithology (I-317) Craig
Oleo (I-305) Ari
Wave (I-431) John
Bessie's Blues (I-42) Carl
Blues For Alice (I-55) Wes
How High The Moon (I-180) Robert
Cherokee (I-77) Raphael
There Will Never Be Another You (I-407) Wes
It's Too Late (III-218) Craig
Autumn Leaves (I-33) Carl
Lullaby Of Birdland (I-256) Robert
Without A Song (I-428) Raphael

--SJH

Sunday, May 19, 2019

May 18, 2019

Next Time: Sat., 5/25, 11am-3pm. TowerLight (3601 Wooddale, St. Louis Park)

Sam's Add-A-Tune:

Your scribe had too much weekend, and had to miss the Workshop, but the faithful Raphael took notes for us.

Personnel: Sam (trumpet, trombone), Raphael (bass), Jack K (trumpet), Wes (tenor), Ari (trumpet), Lathiel (trombone), Lachel (trumpet), and Carl (trombone)

Tunes:
Beautiful Love (I-40) Sam
I Thought About You (II-180) Jack
Things To Come (II-393) Raphael
Groovin' High (I-166) Wes
Take Five (I-397) Ari
St. Thomas (II-339) Lathiel
So What (I-366) Carl
Four Brothers (II-138) Sam
I'll Take Romance (III-180) Raphael
All Of Me (I-20) Ari
Autumn Leaves (I-28) Carl
Robbins Nest (II-330) Wes
Quizas Quizas Quizas (III-329) Raphael
Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise (II-355) Sam
Two Degrees East, Three Degrees West (II-408) Carl
Red Top (III-332) Wes

--SJH

Saturday, May 11, 2019

May 11, 2019

Next Time: Sat. 5/18, 11am-3pm, TowerLight (3601 Wooddale, St. Louis Park)


Sam's Add-A-Tune: Beautiful Love (I-40)

In a hurry. But soon your scribe can relax.

The Players:
Sam (trombone, trumpet), Steve C (piano), Steve H (alto, percussion), Jack K (trumpet, drums), Raphael (bass)

The Compositions:
Solar (I-363) Sam
Indiana (II-201) Jack K
On The Street Where You Live (III-310) Steve H
Bouncing With Bud (II-66) Steve C
Song Of The Jet [Samba Do Aviao] (II-370) Raphael
Sister Sadie (III-355) Sam
Nancy With The Laughing Face (III-298) Jack K
Thou Swell (I-411) Steve H
Yardbird Suite (II-433) Steve C
Until I Met You (II-409) Raphael
Nica's Dream (I-299) Sam
Georgia On My Mind (II-145) Steve H
You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To (II-436) Steve C
Pursuance (Part III) (II-321) Raphael
Jeannine (II-212) Sam
Jitterbug Waltz (II-214) Steve H
Lady Bird (I-235) Steve C
Very Early (I-428) Raphael

--SJH

May 4, 2019

Next Time: Sat. 5/11, 11am-3pm, TowerLight (3601 Wooddale, St. Louis Park)

Add-A-Tune: Solar (I-363)

Speed report!

Present:
Raphael (bass), Steve H (piano, soprano), Sam (trombone, trumpet), Ari (trumpet), Lachel (trumpet), Lathiel (trombone), Roger (tenor), Annie (vocals), Carl (trombone)

Tunes:
Whisper Not (II-422) Sam
Blue Bossa (I-50) Lachel
Watermelon Man (III-429) Ari
Au Privave (I-37) Roger
My One And Only Love (I-288) Steve H
This Could Be The Start Of Something Big (III-404) Raphael
Blue Monk (I-52) Annie
Blue Room (I-53) Annie
Move (II-280) Sam
West Coast Blues (I-436) Annie
Blue Skies (II-58) Annie
Donna Lee (I-123) Wes
Fine And Mellow (III-122) Annie
Exactly Like You (III-116) Annie
Mr. P.C. (I-276) Steve H
It Never Entered My Mind (III-205) Annie
A Fine Romance (I-140) Annie
Why Don't You Do Right (III-447) Raphael
Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars [Corcovado] (I-335) Annie

--SJH