May 26 Workshop: Stay Tuned!A little behind schedule getting started, but eventually we were in and set up and ready for action. On hand to start were Sam (trumpet and trombone), Steve M (alto), Jack K (trumpet), Victor (vocals), Raphael (bass), and Steve H (piano). Jim D (alto and clarinet) and Wes (tenor) were in by 2:00, with Dick (vocals), Carl (trombone), and Annie (vocals), in by the beginning of the vocal segment.
We started with some Work-On tunes from Sam: Sister Sadie and Recorda Me. Given our slow start, we moved on to regular instrumentals. Raphael got the first call with Miles Ahead which, for one reason or another, gave us absolute fits--couldn't find the rhythm on it. Steve M took the next one, Charlie Chaplin's Smile (IV-401). Up next, Wes asked for Donna Lee (I-123). Before he took off, Jack K asked for Now's The Time (II-293).
Victor started the vocal segment with Avalon (II-20). Jim D took a vocal spin on Just Friends (IV-237). Dick opted for an easy swing on Dearly Beloved (I-103). Annie wanted to work on the lovely Skylark (III-356). Raphael called the instrumental, Tune Up (I-418). Victor got another round going with gently swinging Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise. Dick took There Will Never Be Another You (I-407) at a medium pace. Annie got us bouncing through Let There Be Love (III-236). Dick got one more with I Could Write A Book (I-186). Annie wrapped things up with a softly swinging Something Wonderful (I-365).
Woody Herman and His Swingin’ Herd
Joe Henderson, Recorda Me
Miles Davis + 19
Miles Davis Quartet
Gene “Jug” Ammons