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.
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