Tuesday, May 24, 2011

May 21,2011

NOTE: Winter has been extended one week. We have been given one more session of winter hours (10 am - 3:45 pm) Sat May 28th. Summer hours, Monday 6 pm - 8:45 begin June 13th.

Attendees: Serdar (guitar), Jake (guitar), Todd (trumpet), Keith (tenor), Steve (alto), Gene (drums), Sam (bass/trumpet), Craig (guitar), Bob (guitar), Eric (bass), and Vocalists Victoria, Annie, Matt, and Cheryl.

Tunes played: I Found a New Baby, Bernie's Tune, Poor Butterfly, Joy Spring, Well You Needn't, Minor Swing, Don't Get Around Much Anymore, How Insensitive, Song For My Father, Night In Tunisia, Blue Monk, Moon Glow, Dream, After You've Gone, Watermelon Man, Cheek to Cheek, Lady Be Good, What a Difference a Day Made, Always On My Mind, Black Coffee, From Russia With Love, Embraceable You, As Long As I Live, Up Jumprd Spring, Late,Late Show, Softly As In a Morning Sunrise, If I Only Had a Brain, East Of the Sun, and St James Infirmary.

The Freedom Jazz Festival Aug 13th is closer to reality. I now have the registration forms to be returned by June 1.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

May 14th, 2011

At one of our last pre-summer gigs we had a great turnout, including a new bassist (towards the end). Much thanks to Gene (drums), Peter (bari), Steve (a sax), Bill (uke), Serdar (guitar), Josh (guitar), Todd (trumpet), Keith (t sax), Wes (t sax), Sam (bass), Craig (guitar), Annie (vocals), Martin, Tori, Vici (vocals), Cheryl (vocals) and Eric (bass).

We played Dancing on the Ceiling, Darn that Dream, I'll Remember April, Bernie's Tune, Bright Size Life, Mo Better Blues, Minor Swing, Reflections in Blue, Four, Besame Mucho, Dear Old Stockholm, Autumn Leaves, Summertime, What is this Thing Called Love?, Up Jumped Spring, Groovin' High, Chain of Fools, East of the Sun, Black Orpheus, Blue Room, You Took Advantage of Me, Nature Boy, Blues in F, Down Home Blues, I Thought About You, Call Me, and St. James Infirmary.

Monday, May 9, 2011

May 7th 2011

The Workshop is a good thing. That is so because the musicians who attend make it so. Keep up the good work guys and gals.

Tunes played: My Little Boat, Minor Swing, Bernies Tune, Blue Bossa, Just Friends, My one And Only Love, Nica's Dream, Jitterbug Waltz, Cheek to Cheek, I'll Remember April, Summer Time, La vie en Rose, Chain of Fools, Blue Monk, Wave, Mood Indigo, Wives and Lovers, What Ever Lola Wants, Always On My Mind, The Very Thought of You, Route 66.

Attendees: Steve (alto), Keith (tenor), Todd (trumpet), Sam (bass), Gene (drums), Sardar (guitar), Craig (guitar), Joel (guitar), Peter (bari), Toria (voclas), Matt (vocals), Annie (vocals) and Cheryl (vocals).

NOTE: May 21st will be the last Saturday session until Fall (Labor Day). The workshop will be held Monday evening 6 - 8:45 starting June 13th. There may be a shorter session June 6th.

The Workshop will play outside for Kids Day in the Park June 4th about noon.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

April 29, 2011

Well it was a rainy day here in the Twin Cities, but that didn't stop us jazz fans from getting together and playing a little music. In attendance were Steve (a. sax), Todd (trumpet), Keith (t. sax), Peter (bari sax), Gene (drums), Fred (guitar), Tom (bass), Serdar (guitar), Bill (uke), Josh (guitar), Craig (guitar), Budd (vocals/trumpet/guitar), Vicky (vocals), Matt (vocals), Anne (vocals) and a few others. Special thanks to our bass and percussionist who were new (at least, new to me!).

It looks like we'll be moving to Monday nights this summer starting after memorial day (i.e., starting June 4th). That first session will be rather short as the park needs to close early. However, after June 4th we'll have our regular 2-3 hour sessions.

To suit the occasion we started off playing "Here's That Rainy Day." We also played Four on Six, Freddie Freeloader, Straight No Chaser, When Sonny Gets Blue, Minor Swing, Four Brothers, Ornithology, Well You Needn't, St. Thomas, Wave, I Thought About You, Caravan, Blue Moon, Beginning to See the Light, That Old Feeling, Autumn Leaves, What is this Thing Called Love, The Very Thought of You, Cantaloupe Island, Sermonette, Wives & Lovers, Garden in the Rain, My Funny Valentine, Call Me.