Next Workshop: June 2
A little behind schedule getting started, but eventually we were in and set up and ready for action. On hand to start were Sam (trumpet and trombone), Steve M (alto), Jack K (trumpet), Victor (vocals), Raphael (bass), and Steve H (piano). Jim D (alto and clarinet) and Wes (tenor) were in by 2:00, with Dick (vocals), Carl (trombone), and Annie (vocals), in by the beginning of the vocal segment.
We started with some Work-On tunes from Sam: Sister Sadie and Recorda Me. Given our slow start, we moved on to regular instrumentals. Raphael got the first call with Miles Ahead which, for one reason or another, gave us absolute fits--couldn't find the rhythm on it. Steve M took the next one, Charlie Chaplin's Smile (IV-401). Up next, Wes asked for Donna Lee (I-123). Before he took off, Jack K asked for Now's The Time (II-293).
Victor started the vocal segment with Avalon (II-20). Jim D took a vocal spin on Just Friends (IV-237). Dick opted for an easy swing on Dearly Beloved (I-103). Annie wanted to work on the lovely Skylark (III-356). Raphael called the instrumental, Tune Up (I-418). Victor got another round going with gently swinging Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise. Dick took There Will Never Be Another You (I-407) at a medium pace. Annie got us bouncing through Let There Be Love (III-236). Dick got one more with I Could Write A Book (I-186). Annie wrapped things up with a softly swinging Something Wonderful (I-365).
Upcoming: Saturday, May 19, 1-5pm, Hook and Ladder (Lake and Minnehaha)
Work-On Tunes: Recorda Me (I-337), Dear Old Stockholm (I-102), Have You Met Miss Jones (I-172), Now's The Time (II-293) Add-A-Tune: Sister Sadie (III-355)
We were a bit of a reduced group, but in a satisfying combination: Sam (trumpet and trombone), Steve C (piano), Raphael (bass), Serdar (guitar) and Steve H (alto). Ray stopped by briefly with some news, but did not stay to play.
We began with the Work-On tunes for the week: Red Garland's Blues By Five (III-59), Recorda Me (I-337), Benny Golson's Blues March (II-62), and Add-A-Tune, Wes Montgomery's Road Song (I-334).
Returning to the regular order, Raphael got the first nod with Ornithology (I-317). Yours truly chose to alternate between Latin and swing on More (III-284), which was less successful than it sounded in my head. Sam opted for a Latin version of All The Things You Are (I-22). Serdar went with a favorite, Black Orpheus (I-49). Steve C, finally forced to pick, went with a somewhat swing version of Darn That Dream (I-99). Back to Raphael, we took up Ceora (I-72) next. Serdar returned to one from the previous week, Tenor Madness (II-390). We'd had a lot of Latin and blues by this time, so your scribe called the 3/4 Up Jumped Spring (I-425). Sam went one step further by choosing the 5/4 Take Five. Steve C pulled up Ellington's Cottontail (I-90), which we did not play to speed, but it hopped along just fine, thanks. Raphael countered with John Lewis' Django (I-114). Another blues tune for Serdar, this time Billie's Bounce (II-44). This writer decided on a mid-tempo swing version of I Could Have Danced All Night (III-156). Sam chose to combine the variant blues and the 3/4 with West Coast Blues (I-436). Raphael found another nice John Lewis song, this time Afternoon In Paris (I-12). Serdar called old standby Song For My Father (I-373). Sam convinced him to stick around for a couple more minutes with St. Thomas (II-339).
Attendees: Serdar (Guitar), Raphael (Bass), Craig (Guitar), Steve M. (Alto), Jack K.(Trumpet),
Jack D. (Trumpet), Sam (Trombone/Trumpet). Carl (Trombone), Annie (Vocals),
Tunes Played: Nostalgia In Times Square ( I - 306 ) , Once I Loved (I -311),
Dear Old Stockholm ( I - 102 ), Pent Up House ( I - 324 ), So Nice ( I - 362 ),
Satan Doll ( I - 349 ), Two Degrees East Three Degrees West ( II - 408 ),
My Little Suede Shoes ( II - 282 ), How Deep Is The Ocean ( III - 150 ),
Avalon ( II - 25 ), A Sleepin' Bee ( III - 357 ), Stardust ( II - 367 ),
Time After Time ( III - 408 ), Tenor Madness ( II - 390 ),
Bye Bye Blackbird ( II - 73 ), Fine And Mellow ( III - 122 ), Skylark ( III - 356 ), When I Fall In Love ( I - 439 ), Across The Ally From The Alamo ( IV - 10 ).
Next Session: Saturday, May 5, Hook and Ladder (Lake and Minnehaha), 1-5pm
Early Work-On tunes: Nostalgia in Times Square (I-306); Once I Loved (I-311); Dear Old Stockholm (I-102); Pent Up House (I-304) Add-A-Tune: So Nice (I-362)
Sorry for the delay in reporting on last week's Workshop, but here it finally is.
After getting set up, we got rolling about 1:20. Present were Sam (trumpet/trombone), Jack K (trumpet), Jack D (trumpet), Wes (tenor), Steve M (alto), Steve H (alto), Raphael (bass), newcomer Jeremy (piano), Craig (guitar), Annie (vocals), Carl (trombone), Serdar (guitar), and Ken (piano).
All but the last five were present when we did our Work-On tunes: Reflections in Blue BR2, Black Coffee (I-45), Four Brothers (II-138), and Take The A Train (I-398). Carl, Annie and Craig came in during the opening work.
We started the regular fun just after 2:00 with Wes' pick, the tricky Joy Spring (I-229), which we took at a manageable tempo. Carl had brought material from home, a version of The Preacher. Jack D took the next call, I Remember You (II-179). With so many people present, and a lot of solos, this was all we got to before the Vocal portion began at 3:00.
Annie was ready to go with I Love You (I-190). Victor took two. We struggled to get Stardust (II-367) going, but Avalon (II-22) went just fine. Annie took her second, Get Out Of Town (II-148). Steve M got the choice on the instrumental break, It Might As Well Be Spring (II- ). Victor went to another traditional standard, Bye Bye Blackbird (II-73). Annie opted for My Funny Valentine (I-287) next. Victor surprised us with his choice of Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise (II-355). Annie rocked the room with A Good Man Is Hard To Find (III-133). Serdar got the call on the next instrumental, Billie's Bounce (II-44). Victor wanted to work on In The Still Of The Night (II-198), but we could not get the rhythm of it. Annie finished the afternoon with Broadway (I-61). Unusually, we ended the afternoon around 4:30 due to a lot of early departures.
Due to low level of extra activity, this calendar is essentially dormant.
The Jazz Workshop's Mission and Philosophy
The Jazz Workshop was started by the late Sam Favors and Gene Adams in 1976 and has been operating continuously ever since. Sam's mission statement: "The Workshop is a community-based group, organized to develop activities and projects aimed toward increasing jazz music performance arts, business and artistic acumen. It is a place for musicians to practice the craft of jazz. The workshop is for all those who show up and play or listen."