Wednesday, October 25, 2017

October 21, 2017

Attendees:  Wes (Tenor Sax),  Jack D. (Trumpet), Jim D, (Piano/Vocal), Sam  (Bass), Victor (Vocal)
                    Ken (Piano), Andy (Guitar), Dick (vocal), Craig (Guitar).

Songs Played:  Fly Me To The Moon
                         I Could Write A Book
                         Pure Imagination
                         Foggy Day
                         Red Top
                         All Of Me
                         Basin Street Blues
                         Robbins Nest
                         I Thought About You
                         Dear Old Stockholm

Monday, October 2, 2017

September 30, 2017

NEXT WEEK (October 7), and probably the following week (October 14) at TowerLight, 3601 Wooddale Avenue S., St. Louis Park, 11am-3pm.

Early Segment: Groovin' High (I-166), Red Top (III-332), Robbins Nest (II-330)
Add-a-Tune: Take Five (I-397)

Another busy day at the Workshop. Things got started with Wes (tenor sax), newcomer Bob (baritone sax), Jack D. (trumpet), Craig (guitar), Sam (bass), and Steve H. (piano and alto). We worked first on our Add-a-Tune, Nica's Dream (I-299), a shifting, drifting dreamy Latin thing that we started to get hold of after several run-throughs. Then we worked on three Early Segment numbers: Groovin' High (I-166), Red Top (III-332), and Robbins Nest (II-330). This is all we did from 1:30 until close to 3:00, when the singers and others began arriving.

By 3:00, we had assembled the above, along with Victor (vocals), Annie (vocals), Carl (trombone), Serdar (guitar), and Dick (vocals), with Steve M (alto) arriving shortly thereafter. Victor, being the first to arrive, chose Avalon (II-25). Annie took the next two, first doing the less familiar Sammy Cahn tune, Day By Day (II-100), followed by the more familiar Dearly Beloved (I-103). Dick took a swingin' swing at A Sunday Kind Of Love (I-392). We took an instrumental break with Lullaby of Birdland (I-256), which I think Sam ordered up. Back to the vocals, Dick took another turn, this time on I Thought About You (II-180). Victor passed to Annie, who requested Without A Song (II-428), though none of us could imagine her without one. Victor in the meantime had come up with one that we had in the books, I Can't Give You Anything But Love (I-185). Imagination (II-195) was on Dick's mind next, so we obliged. Annie opted for a nice ballad, The Folks Who Live On The Hill (II-137). Dick was feeling all Latin, and called Black Orpheus (I-99). Serdar followed suit with the instrumental Speak Low (II-364) in alternating Latin and swing. As time wore late, Annie decided to cut loose A Good Man Is Hard To Find (III-133). Dick kept things going with I'm Confessin' (II-185). We finished up a smidge late because of the need to play St. Thomas (II-339).

Participant Picks

Nica’s Dream

Art Blakey/Jazz Messengers

Horace Silver

Wes Montgomery

Dee Dee Bridgewater

Day By Day

Frank Sinatra

Sarah Vaughn

Doris Day

Jimmy Scott