Sunday, January 14, 2018

January 13, 2018

We should be at the Hook and Ladder next Saturday, January 20. Check here later.

Back at the Hook after several weeks, and happy to see a few faces who had been unable to attend recently. Present were Steve M (alto), Sam (trumpet and valve trombone), Jack D (trumpet), Jack K (trumpet), Steve H (piano and alto), Waymond (bass), Wes (tenor), Serdar (guitar), and Victor (vocals).

We got things going with our Add-A-Tune, Move (II-250), a perky little song that doesn't get out much. Jack D, feeling very much under the weather, called I Wish You Love (III-172), but felt it necessary to head home mid-solo. Jack K recalled a favorite of our late drummer Gene, Birk's Works (II-48). Steve M opted for the standard I Thought About You (II-180). Waymond went back to some bop standards with Bohemia After Dark (II-63). Your scribe decided to change the tempo a bit, and play a little alto, asking for Georgia On My Mind (II-45). Same went to a creation of another great valve trombone player, Juan Tizol, a jumping version of Perdido (II-311). Serdar got us feeling all Latin with Besame Mucho (III-42). Wes finally got a turn, and went to old favorite Donna Lee (I-123). Victor had arrived, but was pretty cold and not ready to sing, to we ran a few more instrumentals: Steve M's choice, a rather up-speed version of Dream A Little Dream (I-124), and Rosetta (II-332), a Waymond call. Victor took us on a trip to Avalon (II-25), and looked to add some vocal fun to Steve H's pick, Old Devil Moon (II-272). Speak Low (II-364) was the last tune I was involved in before packing up for the afternoon. Before I actually left, Serdar had gotten everyone caught up in All Of Me (I-20). If there were other pieces played, yours truly was not present.

Participant Picks
Earl Hines, Teddy Wilson, and Art Tatum



Tuesday, January 9, 2018

January 6, 2018

Word on the street is that we are back at the Hook and Ladder (Minnehaha Ave. just south of Lake St.) this coming Saturday, January 13, 1:00-6:00 pm

Work-on tunes: the usual
Add-a-Tune: Move (II-280)

We're back for the New Year, 2018. There to get things kicked off were Sam (bass, trumpet, trombone), Jack K (trumpet), Steve C (piano), and Steve H (alto). Also arriving before the vocal portion were Wes (tenor), Waymond (bass). Serdar arrived before yours truly had to depart, but was not set up until I had to leave. Eventually, Carl (trombone) and Annie (vocals) were on the way in as your scribe was on the way out.

After some mix-ups with the folks at TowerLight were sorted out, we finally got started with the first call from Jack K, My Romance (I-289). We followed a similarly light treatment on Steve C's choice, Easy Living (I-127). Next we did Sam's weekly add-on; this week it was Triste (I-417). Wes took the next one, pulling out Au Privave (I-37). Your truly had his eye set this week on one he had not heard for a long time, Bohemia After Dark (II-63). Jack K opted for Indiana (II-201). Your scribe had to head out following that one, so the rest of this account is based on (somewhat ambiguous) notes taken by others.

It would seem that Steve C requested Rosetta (II-332). After that it is hard to discern who called for which tunes, but it is clear that participants did play and sing the following: It Could Happen To You (II-206), Jumpin' With Symphony Sid (II-218), I Don't Stand A Ghost Of A Chance (II-173), The Folks That Live On The Hill (II-137), Get Out Of Town (II-148), I Remember You (II-149), Dindi (II-105), Saint James Infirmary (II-338), Watch What Happens (II-413), and The Nearness of You (II-285)

Participant Picks

Jumpin' With Symphony Sid
George Benson

Bohemia After Dark
Cannonball Adderley

It Could Happen To You
Sonny Clark
Frank Wess



Wednesday, January 3, 2018

January 3, 2017

Happy New Year!
We resume the Workshop this Saturday, January 6, 2018 at TowerLight, 3601 Wooddale Ave. S., St. Louis Park, 11am to 3pm. 

The following week, we should be returning to the Hook and Ladder for the foreseeable future.