NO WORKSHOP MARCH 31. Next meeting April 7, TowerLight (3601 Wooddale Ave, St. Louis Park) 11am-3pm.
Sam's Add-a-Tune: Killer Joe (II-229)
We started with a solid core, and more trickled in during the afternoon. We kicked off festivities with Craig (guitar), Terry (guitar), Steve C (piano), Raphael (bass (and drums)), Waymond (bass and drums), Jack K (trumpet) and Steve H (alto), soon to be joined by Sam (trumpet and trombone), Matt (vocals), Victor (vocals), Annie (vocals), Carl (trombone), and Steve M (alto). Even Jim D stopped by for a visit.
Yours truly called the first tune, It Could Happen To You (II-204). Craig chose the next one, Satin Doll (I-349). Terry changed his original idea to another Ellington favorite, In A Mellow Tone (I-206). Steve C went seasonal with a bouncy Easter Parade (I-126). We changed directions with Raphael's choice of bossa Desafinado (I-108). We had a very soulful ten minutes on Waymond's call, Angel Eyes (I-28). Sam got a chance to get us working on another Latin number, his Add A Tune, The Gift! (II-150), which took us about twenty minutes to actually get to the end of with everyone soloing.
Vocal time started at last with Matt's opener, Fly Me To The Moon (II-135). Victor started his day with the familiar Avalon (II-25). Annie wanted to work some more on Let There Be Love (III-236). Matt had brought in his own music for What'll I Do. Victor was willing to try your scribe's suggestion, Nevertheless (III-300), which suited him well. Annie went to the tearjerker Good Morning Heartache (III-134). An instrumental break, chosen by Steve M, saw us go East Of The Sun (III-104). Matt stuck with the theme by opting for I'm Beginning To See The Light (I-200). Victor closed out the light show with Stardust (II-367). Annie reprised It Could Happen To You (II-204), which actually went better than the earlier version. Last time around, Matt picked It's Only A Paper Moon (II-209). Annie went to God Bless The Child (I-160), and after a few false starts, we got Victor going on After You've Gone (II-12). We finished the afternoon with Matt and Annie combining on vocals and everyone taking a solo on Cheek To Cheek (III-76).
It Could Happen To You
The Gift (Recado Bossa Nova)
Lionel Hampton et al
Here Comes Peter Cottontail
Joan Crowe (jazzy)
Dave Batholomew and the Maryland Jazz Band
Sant Andreu Jazz Band (these are kids!)
Happy Easter! Enjoy!