Because of the holidays, we will not be meeting for the next two weeks.
We are extremely grateful that the management of TowerLight has been so gracious as to let us play in the basement theater for the past few months. In return, we gathered in the lobby of TowerLight to play for whoever wanted to sit and listen, or happened to be passing by, for two hours on Saturday afternoon. Turns out, you could hear us down in the kitchen as well, and the reviews weren't bad. On hand were Sam (trumpet), Serdar (guitar), Jack D (trumpet), yours truly (alto), Tim (drums), Annie (vocals), Carl (trombone). Special guest appearance by Optimum Trajectory's Chip M, a former Workshopper who took over the bass duties. And Tim's wife also filled in for part of the second half on piano. We hope she joins us in the future.
Our next encounter will take place Saturday, January 7, 2017 at the Hook and Ladder, Minnehaha and Lake in Minneapolis. Set-up at 2:30, play 3 to 6 PM.
Annie and Carl had to leave after the first hour, so we got all the singing done up front. In the second half, all instrumentals. Unfortunately, I did not keep track of which songs we played, but it was quite a few off our standard Christmas repertoire. The listeners were very kind and appreciative.
Some holiday favorites:
Baby It’s Cold Outside (original from the movie Neptune’s Daughter (1949), with side by side versions by Esther Williams and Ricardo Montalban, and Betty Garrett and Red Skelton.
Debbie Duncan and Dennis Spears, I Love The Winter Weather/Baby It’s Cold Outside
Oscar Peterson, God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
Tony Bennett/ Count Basie Orchestra, I’ll Be Home For Christmas