Check out Jazz House Kids!

August 8, 2015

I know a lot of people who are involved with this, from Nancy Klein Grande, their publicist; to Neal Bonsal Day, their IT Supervisor; to Chris Drukker, their photographer; to Bruce Tyler, who works on the staging; to Ed Palermo, who’s on the faculty… plus various other employees and board members and volunteers. It’s a very well-pulled-together, not-for-profit, organization–started in 2002–which helps many youngsters (learn to) make music (for us all) (into the future…)!

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Click for the main J H K website

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For now, let’s mention that their Montclair Jazz Festival–which has been growing every year–now in its 6th year–is coming up on August 15th!

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Click for the “Getting There” page on the M J F website

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Check out (my friend) Ed Palermo!

August 6, 2015

And the Ed Palermo Big Band.

The [semi-]short (back) story is: Walking in NYC’s “The Village” one time, looking for something to do. Saw a sign, at the Red Lion, for a musical double-bill: Project/Object [the repertoire of Frank Zappa] [and please see my other posts, about him (and about books about him), on this blog, including this one] and Mahavishnu Project [the book of… you guessed which Orchestra.] I took a gamble and walked in. Both bands blew me away. I signed onto the e-mail list for P/O. Then, on a subsequent tour, they asked for volunteers for “local crews.” Help the band load in & out and get free admission & beer! I wrote a long letter about all my skills & attributes and care while handling other people’s expensive/delicate equipment. The leader, Andre Cholmondeley, chose me and I met him at Maxwell’s in Hoboken one (fateful) afternoon before their gig. Fun!

The next year I volunteered, for them, at BB Kings. The next year I volunteered at Mexicali Rose. The next year I volunteered at Iridium. Etc. I’ve lost count. But have made a good friend in Andre (a killer guitarist [as was FZ, not everybody realizes]). (The rest of the players have rotated.) [And met both Ike Willis and Ray White, from some of FZ’s best lineups!]

And I met Katie Jacoby, electric violinist [did you love Jean Luc Ponty’s time with FZ?!] one time at BB King’s. We now think, the first time I met Ed Palermo–the hero of this current story–and, when he first met her, too. Of course, we both were enamored of Katie. I photographed her (and everyone/all evening, of course). Ed invited her to sit in with his group. Now she’s (a regular) in his band.

Oh, so, one time, hanging out with Ed in some NYC venue, after meeting at least several times, we realized that we both live in the same town in northern NJ!

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The current recording. One disc of Ed’s music; one disc of his arrangements of Frank’s music. [Click to go to amazon.com]


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The Annual Independence Day Crawfish-Boil Party

July 4, 2015

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In Memory of Bob Tynes

May 1, 2015

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He passed on, at the end of 2014 (?). The photo, above–with one of his works of art, in the background–is from 2009. I found these (“contact sheets” of) photos, of a very happy time for him–the opening night reception of a solo show!

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Spring Into Motion Dance Party

March 13, 2015

with/for Bike&Walk Montclair.

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Taste of Montclair

March 9, 2015

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I Volunteer at SOPAC!

February 1, 2015

Did I tell you that, yet?

The South Orange Performing Arts Center.

UPdate, in July: I’ve worked 38 shifts, now, and seen a lllot of concerts!

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