Monday, February 10, 2020

February 8, 2020

Next Time:

Sam's Add-A-Tune:

We found some new talent in old faces: Steve H (soprano, piano, percussion), Raphael (bass), John (trombone, piano), Elena (vocals), Bill (vocals), and Ari (trumpet, flugelhorn).

We got underway with your scribe following a suggestion of John, who was noodling on the piano, Ain't Misbehavin' (III-13) He stayed on piano for a few tunes, then switched with the scribe every so often on the keys. John called the next one, All Of Me (I-20), which our vocalists also joined in on. Raphael opted for the ballad Lament (I-239). Elena found one from her repertoire that we could do, Taking A Chance On Love (IV-415). Bill chose All The Way (III-17). We made some adjustments to try to get our playing to match up with the charts they were used to playing.

Back to yours truly, who called Come Fly With Me (III-80). Ari took his first and went with The Days Of Wine And Roses (IV-99). Vocal Time was upon us, so we turned to Elena, who sang Misty (I-277). Bill followed with another classic (and timely) ballad, My Funny Valentine (I-287). John chose Nica's Dream (I-299) for the instrumental, though he had to skip out before it ended. Elena turned to Fly Me To The Moon (II-135). At that point, your other piano player had to leave, so the group adjourned until next time.

--SJH

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

February 1, 2020

Next Time: Sat., 2/8, 11am-3pm, TowerLight (3601 Wooddale, St. Louis Park)


Some new faces this week, along with the regulars: Sam (trumpet, trombone), Steve C (piano), Raphael (bass), Steve H (alto, percussion)), Jack K (trumpet, drums), Steve M (alto), Bill R. (vocals), and Elena G. (vocals).

As usual, Sam's Add-A-Tune got things rolling, this time Dolphin Dance (I-58). Elena took her first turn with It's Only A Paper Moon ( II-208). Bill followed with All of Me (I-20). Jack opted for Time After Time (III-408). Steve M went with a slightly up version of the ballad, Darn That Dream (I-99). Steve C. kept things easygoing with a slower version of Beautiful Love (I-40) Raphael changed the speed with Scrapple From The Apple (I-351). Yours truly went with a vocalist's suggestion, I've Got The World On A String (III-188).

I'm guessing Sam called something at this point, but I failed to write it down. But vocalist Elena took a turn on Stormy Weather (III-382). Bill moved in the Frank zone on Come Rain Or Come Shine (II-XXX). Your scribe had to pull up stakes as Carl got a turn with Blues By Five (II-59). But the ever-faithful Raphael took notes. Elena took on the slow but swingy Sentimental Journey (II-343). Steve M chose I Thought About You (II-180). Steve C followed with more Frank style, Fly Me To The Moon (II-135). Raphael was feeling groovy on This I Dig Of You (II-396). Sam got a last turn on Move (II-280). Elena, as she promised, called My Funny Valentine (I-287). The afternoon ended on Bill last call, The Girl From Ipanema (I-158).

--SJH