Tuesday, April 26, 2011

April 23, 2011

As we leave the spring holidays behind the workshop has started to turn its focus to our upcoming performance at the Freedom Jazz Festival here in Minneapolis on August 13th. We'll also be preparing for our next Spring performance at McRae Park this June.

Despite the impending holiday we had a great turnout at the workshop, including Todd (guitar), Josh (guitar), Sam (bass/wind synth), Craig (guitar), Gene (drums), Sardar (guitar), Steve (alto), Peter (bari), Wes (tenor), Jeff (bass), Annie (vocals), Jon (vocals/guitar), and Toria (vocals).

Some of the tunes we played included Filthy McNasty, Minor Swing, Orinthology, Four Brothers, In Walked Bud, Out of Nowhere, Tenor Madness, Stardust, Wave, East of the Sun, Stolen Moments, I Have Dreamed, Day by Day, Billie's Bounce, Bye Bye Blackbird, The Nearness of You, Close Your Eyes Nostalgia in Times Square, West Coast Blues, I Wished on the Moon, My Romance, Watermelon Man, Eb Blues, Good Morning Heartache, All of Me, and Afro Blues.

Monday, April 18, 2011

April 16, 2011

The Bunny Breakfast went well. The kids enjoyed the Workshop performance while eating pancakes and waiting to go outside for the Easter Egg Hunt. Several Workshoppers stayed around for a follow on session. NOTE: Now that the Freedom Jazz Festival is scheduled for Aug 13th we can get on with our preparations for that event.

Friday, April 15, 2011

April 9, 2011

Had a great turnout at this pre "Bunny Breakfast" session.  Annie and Matt showed up to rock the mic, Richard visited, and a slew of other instrumentalists joined in. These included Todd (trump), Steve (a sax), Ira (a sax), Keith (t sax), Bill (uke), Josh (guitar), Sam (bass), Gene (drums), Sadar (guitar) Terry (trump), and Wes (t sax).

We played Blue Monk, Chitlins Con Carne, Jordu, Nica's Dream, Fly Me to the Moon, Honeysuckle Rose, Besame Mucho, Blue in Green, Blue Bossa, All of Me, I Could Write a Book, Well You Needn't, Softly as a Morning Sunrise, Minor Swing, Easter Parade, I Love You, I'll Remember April, Unchain My Heart, Bye Bye Blackbird, Rubber Ducky, The Frim Fram Sauce, Imagination, Now is the Time, Route 66 and The Nearness of You.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

April 2, 2011

We might have been fooled yesterday, but we are back at having a good time today. Sorry for the lost tune list, several of the 'usual suspects' came plus some new faces. Some Craigslist scanners. Thanks Craig for keeping the word out there. Attendees: Josh (guitar), Bill (ukulele), Sardar (guitar), Craig (guitar), Dan (trumpet), Ira (alto), Steve (alto), Keith (bari), Tod (trumpet), Paul (piano), Grant (drums), Scott (guitar) and Sam (bass). Vocalists this week were Annie and Matt. NOTE: We will play the park's Bunny Breakfast April 16th 10 am to 12.