Wednesday, June 19, 2019

June 15, 2019

Next Time: Sat. 6/22, 11am-3pm, TowerLight (3601 Wooddale, St. Louis Park)

Sam's Add-A-Tune: Peri's Scope (I-326)

Old faces and new at this week's workshop. Sam (trumpet and trombone), Raphael (bass), Steve H (soprano and drums), Steve M (alto), Roger (tenor), Jack K (trumpet and drums), Robert (piano), Annie (vocals), and Carl (trombone).

We got underway with Sam's Add-A-Tune, the easy swaying Ceora (I-72). Steve M called for a nice swing on Here's That Rainy Day (I-175). Jack K asked for a ballad, but not too slow, with Easy Living (I-127). Roger changed things up entirely by pulling out 500 Miles High (I-141). Raphael requested J.J. Johnson's lovely Lament (I-239). Your scribe changed tempos with a medium up version of Easy To Love (I-128). And somehow it was already 1:00.

Annie got the vocal segment off to a good start with Song For My Father (I-373), and followed up with the gospelly rocker, I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free (I-195). Sam called the instrumental break, going with Little Boat (I-245). Annie finally got us out of Book I with a ballad and a slow blues: It Never Entered My Mind (III-205) and Fine And Mellow (III-122). For the next instrumental, Carl opted for old favorite 2 Degrees East, 3 Degrees West (II-408). More vocals from Annie, this time Without A Song (II-428), and the tricky Rodgers and Hammerstein number, Love Look Away (II-252). Steve M dug out Dexter Gordon's Cheese Cake (II-82) for the instrumental. Annie took one more, finishing her afternoon with People Will Say We're In Love (II-310). We ended the session on Raphael's choice, the alternating Latin/swing I'll Remember April.


Monday, June 10, 2019

June 8, 2019

Next Time: Sat. 6/15, 11am-3pm, TowerLight (3601 Wooddale, St. Louis Park)

Sam's Add-A-Tune: Ceora (I-72)

Your scribe finally has a little more time, so a return to narrative. If that bothers you, please re-read last week's entry.

Present at some time or other were Sam (trombone, trumpet), Raphael (bass), Steve H (piano, soprano), Jack K (trumpet, drums), Roger (tenor, drums)), Craig (guitar), Wes (tenor), Ari (trumpet, drums), and Carl (trombone).

Sam's Add-A-Tune this week was Doxy (II-111), which got us off to a smooth start. Roger grabbed the next call with Au Privave (I-37), which Raphael continues to insist doesn't mean anything in actual French. Your scribe was up next and opted for All Of You (I-21). We had skipped Jack's turn, and now he got his chance with When Sunny Gets Blue (I-440). Raphael pulled out his list and challenged us with Minority (I-273). Craig opted for Cole Porter's peculiarly segmented In The Still Of The Night (II-198). Ari went for the simply difficult Speak No Evil (I-xxx), which somehow was not a complete disaster. An easy-speed version of Groovin' High (I-166) was Wes' pick, and it's not often when that is considered a rest song. Carl decided on So What (I-364), and we all said, Whatever.

Round 2 had us on Sam's choice, Killer Joe (II-229), which we found oddly difficult to keep from speeding up. On the other hand, Roger wanted to play Blue Bossa (I-50) up tempo, which was quite the trick. Ari's choice, My Favorite Things (II-285) was nobody's favorite by the time we finished; not one person got through a chorus without having to stop and get everyone back together. (I suspect we'll do it again next time.) Wes opted for an old favorite, Robbin's Nest (II-xxx), which got everyone back in the groove. Next up, Carl took us on a Sentimental Journey (II-343), complete with trombone phrases and some harmonies. Yours truly went with the Ellington swinger, Perdido (II-311). We finished off with Raphael's final choice, the ballad You Don't Know What Love Is (I-459).


June 1, 2018

Next Time: Sat 6/8/19, 11am-3pm, TowerLight (3601 Wooddale, St. Louis Park)

Who Was There
Sam (trumpet, for one song), Raphael (bass), Jack K (trumpet), Steve H (piano), Ari (trumpet)

What Was Played
Nuages (I-307) Sam
When I Fall In Love (I-439) Jack
I Love You (I-190) Steve
With Every Breath I Take (III-453) Raphael
Old Cape Cod (III-307) Jack
Hello Young Lovers (I-176) Steve
Song For Strayhorn (III-368) Raphael
Blue Monk (I-52) Jack
Body And Soul (I-57) Ari
Come Rain Or Come Shine (II-88) Steve
Early Morning Mood (III-103) Raphael
I've Got You Under My Skin (III-190) Ari
Lover Man (II-255) Steve
This I Dig Of You (II-395) Raphael
Giant Steps (I-157) Ari
Easy To Love (I-128) Steve
Speak Like A Child (II-363) Raphael
Soultrane (II-362) Steve


Wednesday, May 29, 2019

May 25, 2019

Next Time: Sat, 6/1, 11am-3pm, TowerLight (3601 Wooddale, St. Louis Park)

Once again, your scribe was not able to attend, but will return this coming week, as if that matters to anyone reading this blog. (IS anyone reading this blog?) In the meantime, Raphael has kept meticulous notes of the last session--a good one, he reports.

Who Played
John, Raphael, Robert, Craig, Carl, Ari and Wes

What They Played
In A Mellow Tone (I-206) John
Blue Monk (I-52) Robert
Four (I-149) Raphael
Ornithology (I-317) Craig
Oleo (I-305) Ari
Wave (I-431) John
Bessie's Blues (I-42) Carl
Blues For Alice (I-55) Wes
How High The Moon (I-180) Robert
Cherokee (I-77) Raphael
There Will Never Be Another You (I-407) Wes
It's Too Late (III-218) Craig
Autumn Leaves (I-33) Carl
Lullaby Of Birdland (I-256) Robert
Without A Song (I-428) Raphael


Sunday, May 19, 2019

May 18, 2019

Next Time: Sat., 5/25, 11am-3pm. TowerLight (3601 Wooddale, St. Louis Park)

Sam's Add-A-Tune:

Your scribe had too much weekend, and had to miss the Workshop, but the faithful Raphael took notes for us.

Personnel: Sam (trumpet, trombone), Raphael (bass), Jack K (trumpet), Wes (tenor), Ari (trumpet), Lathiel (trombone), Lachel (trumpet), and Carl (trombone)

Beautiful Love (I-40) Sam
I Thought About You (II-180) Jack
Things To Come (II-393) Raphael
Groovin' High (I-166) Wes
Take Five (I-397) Ari
St. Thomas (II-339) Lathiel
So What (I-366) Carl
Four Brothers (II-138) Sam
I'll Take Romance (III-180) Raphael
All Of Me (I-20) Ari
Autumn Leaves (I-28) Carl
Robbins Nest (II-330) Wes
Quizas Quizas Quizas (III-329) Raphael
Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise (II-355) Sam
Two Degrees East, Three Degrees West (II-408) Carl
Red Top (III-332) Wes


Saturday, May 11, 2019

May 11, 2019

Next Time: Sat. 5/18, 11am-3pm, TowerLight (3601 Wooddale, St. Louis Park)

Sam's Add-A-Tune: Beautiful Love (I-40)

In a hurry. But soon your scribe can relax.

The Players:
Sam (trombone, trumpet), Steve C (piano), Steve H (alto, percussion), Jack K (trumpet, drums), Raphael (bass)

The Compositions:
Solar (I-363) Sam
Indiana (II-201) Jack K
On The Street Where You Live (III-310) Steve H
Bouncing With Bud (II-66) Steve C
Song Of The Jet [Samba Do Aviao] (II-370) Raphael
Sister Sadie (III-355) Sam
Nancy With The Laughing Face (III-298) Jack K
Thou Swell (I-411) Steve H
Yardbird Suite (II-433) Steve C
Until I Met You (II-409) Raphael
Nica's Dream (I-299) Sam
Georgia On My Mind (II-145) Steve H
You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To (II-436) Steve C
Pursuance (Part III) (II-321) Raphael
Jeannine (II-212) Sam
Jitterbug Waltz (II-214) Steve H
Lady Bird (I-235) Steve C
Very Early (I-428) Raphael


May 4, 2019

Next Time: Sat. 5/11, 11am-3pm, TowerLight (3601 Wooddale, St. Louis Park)

Add-A-Tune: Solar (I-363)

Speed report!

Raphael (bass), Steve H (piano, soprano), Sam (trombone, trumpet), Ari (trumpet), Lachel (trumpet), Lathiel (trombone), Roger (tenor), Annie (vocals), Carl (trombone)

Whisper Not (II-422) Sam
Blue Bossa (I-50) Lachel
Watermelon Man (III-429) Ari
Au Privave (I-37) Roger
My One And Only Love (I-288) Steve H
This Could Be The Start Of Something Big (III-404) Raphael
Blue Monk (I-52) Annie
Blue Room (I-53) Annie
Move (II-280) Sam
West Coast Blues (I-436) Annie
Blue Skies (II-58) Annie
Donna Lee (I-123) Wes
Fine And Mellow (III-122) Annie
Exactly Like You (III-116) Annie
Mr. P.C. (I-276) Steve H
It Never Entered My Mind (III-205) Annie
A Fine Romance (I-140) Annie
Why Don't You Do Right (III-447) Raphael
Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars [Corcovado] (I-335) Annie


Thursday, May 2, 2019

April 27. 2019

Next time: Sat., 5/4, 11am-3pm, TowerLight (3601 Wooddale, St. Louis Park)

Sam's Add-a-Tune: Whisper Not (II-422)

A familiar gathering: Sam (trumpet and trombone), Raphael (bass), Jeff (piano), Steve C (piano), Jack K (trumpet, drums), John (trombone), Steve H (soprano, rhythm), Wes (tenor), Ari (trumpet, drums).

We got started, as usual, with the Add-a-Tune, this time Benny Golson's Stablemates (III-378), mostly because Sam had just seen Golson at Crooners and had a good time. Heading around the circle, John got next crack and pulled out Wave (I-431). Jack took us on an easy-feeling My Romance (I-289). Jeff made us work on a lengthy samba, Chega de Saudade (I-74). Steve C opted for the swingier Have You Met Miss Jones (I-172). Raphael, always looking for the one he hasn't played, chose Midnight Sun (III-276) which, because of its unusual phrase lengths, is a lot trickier than it sounds. As for Wes, Straight No Chaser (I-386) was just the ticket. Yours truly thought it might be fun to play one he's always wanted to try, Lazy River (I-242); nobody objected.

Back to Sam for a second round, we went to Out Of Nowhere (I-318). John next called Black Nile (I-48). Steve C was on the keys for Lady Bird (I-235). Ari decided on Sophisticated Lady (I-376). Raphael also rummaged around among the old tunes, choosing I'm Sitting On Top Of The World (III-187). Wes went to the tried and true, with Donna Lee (I-123). Your scribe was feeling upbeat, and called Cherokee (I-77). Sam took us to closing (and beyond) with St. Thomas (II-339).


Thursday, April 25, 2019

April 20, 2019

Next Time: Sat., 4/27, 11am-3pm, TowerLight (3601 Wooddale, St. Louis Park)

Sam's Add-A-Tune: Stablemates (III-378)

The usual crowd of instrumentalists, but still no vocalists able to make it: Sam (trumpet, trombone), Raphael (bass), Steve C (piano), Steve H (alto), John (trombone), Ari (trumpet), Carl (trombone), Wes (tenor) and Roger (tenor).

Sam got us off and running--or flying--with Ornithology (I-317). Well, flying low and not too fast. John took us at a similar pace through There Will Never Be Another You (I-407). Carl wanted to revisit Ornithology via How High The Moon (I-180). Steve C changed direction with Jordu (I-227). Raphael radically changed direction with Mingus' Reincarnation Of A Love Bird (I-342). Roger soon had us loping through A Night In Tunisia (I-302). Yours truly thought it would be interesting to try to sound like Johnny Hodges on Passion Flower (I-321), but Strayhorn pieces sound way better with full orchestration, and only Johnny Hodges is Johnny Hodges. Wes went with an old friend, Dizzy's Groovin' High (I-166). Ari called another familiar bopper, Bird's Au Privave (I-37).

Your scribe is pretty sure Sam called something in here which he failed to write down. Carl took the next call, Nostalgia In Times Square (I-306). It is not often that Mingus gets a curtain call at this Workshop.  Roger opted for the tempo-switching John Lewis tune, Django (I-114). Steve C. decided to cool things out with In A Mellow Tone (I-206). Raphael worked his own fingers to the bone with the longish but fun That Old Black Magic (III-394). Yours truly took things out with that old Irving Berlin Easter standard, I'm Putting All My Eggs In One Basket (II-187).


Thursday, April 18, 2019

April 13, 2019

Next Time: Sat., 4/20, 11am-3pm, TowerLight (3601 Wooddale, St. Louis Park)

FJF practice: Ornithology (I-317)

Sorry, getting behind again.

The Players
Sam (trumpet and trombone), Jeff (piano), Steve C (piano), Raphael (bass), Jack K (trumpet), Ari (trumpet), Carl (trombone), and Steve H (alto).

The Tunes
 I-324 Pent Up House (Sam)
I-12 Afternoon in Paris (Me)
I-402 There Will Never Be Another You (Jack K)
I-367 Someday My Prince Will Come (Jeff)
II-372 Struttin' With Some Barbecue (Steve C)
II-160 Head and Shoulders (Raphael)
I-57 Body and Soul (Ari)
I-337 Recorda Me (Sam)
II-293 Now's The Time (Jack K)
II-167 Honeysuckle Rose (Me)
I-226 Jelly Roll (Carl)
I-382 Stella By Starlight (Jeff)
II-436 You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To (Steve C)
II-386 Tangerine (Raphael)
I-17 Alice in Wonderland (Ari)
I-22 All The Things You Are (Sam)
I-196 I'll Never Smile Again (Me)
I-206 In A Mellow Tone (Carl)


Monday, April 8, 2019

Bert Blyleven's Birthday, 2018

Next Time: Sat., 4/13, 11am-3pm, TowerLight (3601 Wooddale, St. Louis Park)

FJF prep: Pent Up House

Due to unforeseen events going on in our host building, the Workshop was cut short at 1:30. Still, we had a good crew of Sam (trumpet, trombone), Raphael (bass), Steve H (piano, alto), Arthur (drums), John (trombone), Ari (trumpet), and a surprise visit from Ray (bass) and his friend Rosa (good listener). Annie (vocals) and Carl (trombone) got there just before we shut down. Next time, we'll remember to call and warn you!

We began the day with Sam's FJF prep of Four Brothers, first from the book, then using three of the four parts from our arrangement. We went Wave (I-431) next, courtesy of John. Your scribe thought it would be cool to do a Desmondesque version of I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face (III-192), but it was a lot trickier than he makes it sound. We then took on Waltz for Debby (I-432) at the behest of Raphael, and at a good clip. Arthur got the next round, choosing Pent Up House (I-324). Ari stuck his finger down on a page and came up with Road Song (I-344), which I think we were all pleased with by the end.

We started the second round with Sam's call, Jeannine (II-212). For some reason, John thought Anthropology (I-xx) was a good idea, and he wasn't entirely wrong. Ray decided to sit in for a few, and picked I'm Confessin' (II-xxx), challenging us to play it in a different key than was in the book. The piano player borrowed a computer cheat, but the horns gamely worked through it.

Just as we got started with Annie's first tune, we got the word that we had to leave, and your scribe forgot to write it down. Something with Blue in the title.


Wednesday, April 3, 2019

March 31, 2019

Next Time:

A very busy afternoon: 11 instrumentalists, no singers, a lot of rotation on instruments. We had Sam (trumpet, trombone), Roger (tenor, piano), Raphael (bass), Jack K (trumpet, drums), Jeff (piano), Craig (guitar), John (trombone), Ari (trumpet, drums), Wes (tenor), Carl (trombone) and Steve H (alto, piano, hi-hat).

Your scribe is still a bit short on time, so we're going with the short version.

Tunes Played more or less well
I-373 Song For My Father (Sam)
I-425 Up Jumped Spring (Jack K)
I-402 There Will Never Be Another You (Jeff)
Handout Pent Up House (Steve H)
I-51 Blue In Green (Raphael)
I-431 Wave (John)
I-152 Freedom Jazz Dance (Roger)
I-98 Dancing On The Ceiling (Ari)
I-22 Ceora (Wes)
I-311 Once I Loved (Sam)
I-306 Nostalgia In Times Square (Carl)
II-208 It's All Right With Me (Steve H)
I-119 Dolphin Dance (Raphael)
I-317 Ornithology (Roger)
I-3xx St. Thomas (Sam)


Thursday, March 28, 2019

March 23, 2019

Next Time: Sat., 3/30, 11am-3pm, TowerLight (3601 Wooddale, St. Louis Park)

FJF prep: You bet

Still bare bones, but hopefully soon back to normal.

Attendees at one point or another
Sam (trumpet, trombone), Roger (tenor), Jeff (piano), Raphael (bass), Steve H (alto), Wes (tenor), Ari (trumpet), Craig (guitar)

Tunes Attempted
III-429 Watermelon Man (Sam)
I-77 Cherokee (Steve)
I-20 All Of Me (Jeff)
III-26 A Pretty Girl Is Like A Melody (Raphael)
I-302 A Night In Tunisia (Roger)
I-378 Speak No Evil (Ari)
II-282 My Little Suede Shoes (Sam)
IV-150 Goin' Out Of My Head (Craig)
Handout Pent Up House (Steve H)
I-122 Don't Get Around Much Anymore (Ari)
I-431 Wave (Raphael)
I-166 Groovin' High (Wes)
I-256 Lullaby Of Birdland (Roger)


Friday, March 22, 2019

March 16, 2019

Next Time: Sat. 3/23, 1am-3pm, TowerLight (3601 Wooddale, St. Louis Park)

FJF prep: We hope so.

In a bit of a hurry; your scribe needs to post two weeks worth of material and the notice for the next time, so bare bones reporting.

Present and one point or another
Steve C (piano), Steve H (alto), Roger (tenor), Jack K (trumpet), Raphael (bass), Ari (trumpet), Carl (trombone)

Tunes played
I-219 Isn't It Romantic (Jack)
I-187 I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good (Steve H)
I-227 Jordu (Steve C)
I-413 Time Remembered (Raphael)
I-317 Ornithology (Roger)
I-32   April in Paris (Ari)
II-422 Whisper Not (Steve C)
II-324 Pent Up House [FJF arrangement] (Steve H)
II-34  Perdido (Raphael)
I-391 Take The A Train (Roger)
I-340 Reflections (Ari)
II-324 Pent Up House [again] (Steve)
I-364 So What? (Carl)
II-436 You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To (Steve C)
II-344 September Song (Raphael)
II-172 I Believe In You (Ari)
II-167 Honeysuckle Rose (Steve H)


Thursday, March 14, 2019

March 9, 2019

Next Time: Sat. 3/16, 11am-3pm, TowerLight (3601 Wooddale, St. Louis Park)

Not a huge group showed (the weather forecast being so foreboding--not to mention incorrect), but all ready for action: Raphael (bass), Sam (trumpet and trombone), Jack K (trumpet), Roger (tenor and piano), Ari (trumpet), and Steve H (alto and piano).

Sam got things rolling with Four Brothers (II-138), which went surprisingly smoothly. Jack K opted for Footprints (I-144), which actually gave us more trouble, but we started to get the hang of it. Yours truly called the ballad For All We Know (I-145), but not too slow. Raphael reached into his bag of surprises for A Taste Of Honey (III-386), with its occasionally unusual phrasing. Roger found one very suitable for his sound, Seven Steps to Heaven (I-356), which proved difficult to get started, but eventually we found a groove.

On the second round, Sam gave us Dear Old Stockholm (I-102), another tricky tune to take at speed, but we held our own. Jack turned to a fun tune, Teach Me Tonight (III-387). Ari opted for something simpler, Freddie Freeloader (I-151). Before heading out early, your scribe asked for Don't Get Around Much Anymore (I-122). Raphael decided on the lesser-known Rodgers and Hart tune, Mimi (III-278). Before it was even his turn, Roger was suggesting Parker's Au Privave (I-34), and got his wish.

For the final spin, Sam turned to Mr. Magic (II-268). Ari got the nod to pick Straight No Chaser (I-386). The fun closed out with Roger's choice of Blue Bossa (I-50).


Wednesday, March 6, 2019

March 2, 3019

Next Time: Saturday, March 9, 11am-3pm, TowerLight (3601 Wooddale, St. Louis Park)

FJF prep: Four Brothers (II-138)

Another voiceless session as only the instrumentalists made an appearance. Raphael (bass) was our notetaker, and he was joined by Jack (trumpet), John (trombone), Roger (tenor), Jeff (piano), Carl (trombone), Ari (trumpet) and the indomitable Sam (trumpet, trombone).

Things got underway with Jack putting in the request for The Nearness Of You (II-285). Jeff got the next call, A Fine Romance (I-190). Raphael was next up, and chose Black Nile (I-48). John wasn't sure what to choose, calling Yes And No (I-452). Roger put a twist into the fabric by calling Giant Steps (I-157) as a samba. Sam went to this week's Add-A-Tune and possible FJF number, Sonny Rollins' Pent Up House (I-324). 

The second round began with Jack's call, Tune Up (I-418). Somehow, Sam got another swing right away, requesting Summer Samba (I-362). Ari was in the rotation now, and stayed with that summer feel with Wave (I-431). Carl, also now on hand, went to old standby In A Mellow Tone (I-206). Jeff up next turned to the classic ballad, Body and Soul (I-57). Raphael opted for a little Parker and Au Privave (I-37). 

Apparently missing some people by this point, the rotation returned to Sam, who finally broke the spell of Volume I by calling Killer Joe (II-229). Ari went with something less familiar, Barbara (II-36). Carl brought things home with 2 Degrees East, 3 Degrees West (II-408).


Tuesday, February 26, 2019

February 23, 2019

Next Time: Sat. Mar. 2, 11am-3pm, TowerLight 3601 Wooddale, St. Louis Park

fjf prep: Pent Up House (I-324)

Some new faces among the old: Roger (tenor and some drums) and John (trombone),  joined Sam (trumpet, trombone), Raphael (bass), Jack (trumpet, drums), Steve H (alto), Jeff (piano), and Serdar (guitar) for an all-instrumental session.

We began with Sam's Add-A-Tune, Minor Swing (IV-284). Jack took the next call with Have You Met Miss Jones (I-172). While your scribe was off locating the drums, Jeff ordered up an easy-going version of How High The Moon (I-180). Yours truly changed the feel with John Lewis' Afternoon In Paris (I-12). Raphael really changed the feel with Dolphin Dance (I-119). Roger, perhaps merely wanting to speed up Jeff's order, asked for Ornithology (I-317), which we tried first a bit slower, then more to speed. John took his first shot with Nica's Dream (I-299). Late arriving Serdar polished off the first round, and got us out of Book I, with Billie's Bounce (II-44).

Sam got round two off to a weird start with Cantelope Island (II-76). Your scribe opted for the much more laid back Line For Lyons (III-240). Raphael came charging back with Pat Marino's Interchange (III-202). Serdar called the much more straightforward Four (I-149). Sam surprised with West Coast Blues (I-436). Yours truly slowed things down with the Ellington ballad Warm Valley (II-412). We wrapped things up with a rollicking St. Thomas (II-339).


Wednesday, February 20, 2019

February 16, 2019

Next Time: Sat., Feb. 23, 11am-3pm, TowerLight (3601 Wooddale Ave., St. Louis Park)

FJF Prep: Minor Swing (IV 284)

Only a small group present this past session. Along with reporter Raphael were Sam, Jeff, and Wes.

I 324 Pent Up House (Sam)
I 128 Easy To Love (Jeff)
I 119 Dolphin Dance (Raphael)
I 245 Little Boat (Sam)
I 166 Groovin' High (Wes)
II 288 No Moe (Jeff)
I 285 My Favorite Things (Raphael)
I 55 Blues For Alice (Wes)
II 355 Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise (Sam)
II 293 Now's The Time (Jeff)
II 433 Yardbird Suite (Raphael)
III 22 Along Came Betty (Jeff)
I 39 Autumn Leaves (Sam)


Wednesday, February 13, 2019

February 9, 2019

Next Time: Saturday, February 16, 11am-3pm, TowerLight (3601 Wooddale, St. Louis Park)

Your scribe had to cut out early in the proceedings, so Raphael kept tabs on things.

II-67 Blues in the Closet, SteveII-112 The Drive, RII-102 Dexter Rides Again, AriI-311 Perdido SteveII-218 It's Too late, CraigI-267, Memories of Tomorrow, AriI-283 The Most Beautiful Girl in the World, CraigI-39 Autumn Leaves, AriI-338 Red Clay, RI-453 Yesterday, AriI-195 I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free, AnnieII-408 2o E, 3o W, CarlI-16, Alfie, AnniePrinted, How Little We Know, AnnieI-207 In A Sentimental Mood, CarlI-82, Come Sunday, AnnieI-62 But Beautiful, AnnieII-261 Makin' Whoopee, AnnieIII-313 The Party's Over, CarlIII-312 On the Sunny Side of the Street, Annie attendance - Steve, Ari, Craig, Annie, Carl, Raphael 


Thursday, January 31, 2019

January 26, 2019

Next Time: Saturday, February 2, 11am-3pm, TowerLight (3601 Wooddale, St. Louis Park)

The following is a report from Sam.

Present: Jeff, Craig, Serdar, Jack K, Sam, Terry. (What a lot of guitars.--SJH)

Tunes played:
Work Song (II-429)
On The Trail 
Four (I-149)
Lady Bird (I-235)
Feel Like Makin' Love (III-119)
So Nice (I-362)
All Of Me (I-20)
Blue Monk (I-52)
Stella By Starlight (I-382)
The Rainbow Connection (III-330)
I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart (I-188)
What's New (II-420)
How Insensitive (I-181)
Autumn Leaves (I-39)


Tuesday, January 22, 2019

January 19, 2018

NEXT TIME: Saturday, January 26, 11am-3pm, TowerLight (3601 Wooddale Ave., St. Louis Park)

No vocalists this week, so more time to work on the playing, and some of these tunes were tricky. Present were Sam (trumpet and trombone), Raphael (bass), Craig (guitar), Terry (guitar), Steve H (soprano, piano, rhythm), Jack K (trumpet, drums), Jeff (piano), and Wes (tenor).

Sam got us off to a good start with Out Of Nowhere (I-318). Jack K kept us in the groove with Have You Met Miss Jones (I-172). Craig extended our time in the mid-tempo swing tunes with In The Still Of The Night (II-198). Jeff shifted out focus with a ballad-y version of I Hear A Rhapsody (II-177). Raphael consulted his list, and threw us all on our heads with Coltrane's Moment's Notice (I-280), which resulted in quite a workout. Terry helped us relax with an easy swing take on Misty (I-277). Along came Wes with Along Came Betty (III-22). Your scribe took the opportunity to lift the mood with It's Delovely (III-273). 

Around the circle once more, Sam opted for Denzil Best's semi-bop Move (II-280). Jeff went all-bop with Boplicity (I-58). We played neither of these tunes to speed. Raphael took us right over the top with another one-word title, Equipoise (I-134). Terry changed directions entirely by calling Moon River (II-279). Wes brought us back to slow bop with a speed-governed version of Donna Lee (I-120). Yours truly, by now on piano, asked for Lady Bird (I-235). Sam decided Four Brothers (II-138) would be fun, and it worked out fine. Back to your scribe (people were heading out), we played a swingy version of I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face (III-xxx). We finished off with Raphael's choice, Wave (I-431). 

Participant Picks

George Shearing Quintet

John Coltrane
Moment’s Notice

Max Roach

Paul Desmond
I’ve Grown Accustomed To Her Face


Monday, January 21, 2019

January 12, 2019

We had a usual-sized crowd: Terry (guitar), Jack K (trumpet), Steve H (alto and piano), Wes (tenor), Raphael (bass), Sam (trumpet and trombone), Victor (vocals), Annie (vocals) and Carl (trombone).

Jack kicked us off with his selection of Pennies from Heaven (II-309). Your scribe pulled out one of his favorites, Polka Dots and Moonbeams (III-318). Raphael challenged us with Recorda Me (I-337). Terry opted for a intriguing Stella By Starlight (I-382). Golson's Along Came Betty (III-22) was Wes' first choice. Sam surprised us with Parker's Au Privave (I-37). Back to Jack, we took a spin on Take The A Train (I-398).

Victor had arrived a little before this, so we got the vocals started with Basin Street Blues (II-37), followed by the immortal Stardust (II-367). Yours truly grabbed the instrumental opportunity by calling for Kalmar and Ruby's Three Little Words (III-406). Raphael worked us again with McCoy Tyner's Three Flowers (I-412). Annie and Carl had set up by this point, so Annie took two: Dearly Beloved (I-103) and Cherokee (I-77). Victor took two more: Bye Bye Blackbird (II-73) and Caravan (I-) which did not go nearly so well. Sam picked an instrumental, Lucky Southern (I-255). Annie took two more, this time One Note Samba (I-xxx) and My Foolish Heart (I-286). We took it out with an instrumental version of Four (I-149), though Annie got in a vocal chorus as well. Didn't know that one had any words.

Participant Picks

McCoy Tyner
Three Flowers

Anita O’Day



Wednesday, January 9, 2019

January 5, 2019

Next Time: Saturday, Jan. 12, 11am-3pm, TowerLight (3601 Woddale Ave., St. Louis Park)

FJF prep on tap

A pretty good turnout for the start of the new year! Sam (trumpet, trombone), Craig (guitar), Jack K (trumpet, drums), Steve C (piano), Raphael (bass), Steve H (soprano, rhythm), Wes (tenor), Jim D (vocals and guitar!), Annie (vocals), Carl (trombone), Victor (vocal).

Sam kicked things off with one we usually end with, St. Thomas (II-339). Jack K took us through a slightly downspeed version of Now's The Time (II-293). Craig found an oldy but goody in You Made Me Love You (III-459). Steve C's choice was equally old and good, 'Deed I Do (III-92). Raphael brought us closer to the present with Speak No Evil (I-378). Wes found one we could all handle by opting for Blue Trane (I-54). Yours truly found one that suited the soprano, Pennies From Heaven (II-309).

Time for vocals, with Annie starting out with How Deep Is The Ocean (III-150), then reaching for a bit of Sugar (III-367).  Jim D turned the instrumental into a vocal for himself with Satin Doll (III-349). Annie took another pair: My Man (III-294) and A Sleepin' Bee (III-357). Sam got the instrumental call, and we took a run at Pent Up House (I-324). Annie chose two off book pieces, passing out parts for How Little We Know and Give Me The Simple Life. Carl gave us an instrumental opportunity on Blues By Five (I-59). Annie took two more on the gentle side: Blame It On My Youth (II-xx) and Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars (I-335). Jim D got in one more combined vocal/instrumental with The Lady Is A Tramp (III-227). Victor, who finally arrived with only ten minutes to go as we began the last number, took us out with Avalon (II-22).