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!

epbb_ohnonotjazz_home_small2

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


Read the rest of this entry »

Advertisements

Check out “National Night Out” [2015]!

August 4, 2015

I read about goings on in Montclair, Glen Ridge, and Bloomfield (that last one mentioned pizza, so that was attractive!), but nothing about any events in West Orange.

bike0

Bike & Walk Montclair held a Four Ward Evening Bike Tour, in Montclair. The ride started in the 2nd Ward at the Edgemont Park Field House, and made stops at each event–of National Night Out–in all Four Wards of the town. I biked from home.

The basic schedule:
5:00 pm – Met at Edgemont Park Field House, in the 2nd Ward [Surprise: there was pizza! I had a slice (from Panzano’s) and a bottle of water];

– biked to Salvation Army, in the 3rd Ward [I had two slices of pizza (from Mancinni’s) and a bottle of water];

– biked to the Community Center (11 Pine Street), in the 4th Ward [I had an empanada (from Noches de Colombia) and a bottle of water];

– biked to St. James Church, in the 1st Ward – arrived at 7:00.

bike2

Laura Torchio (left) arrived first. Then me. Then a couple of other bikers. Then two policemen, to answer any questions that we had.

bike1

We ten. My friends Laura, Gray Russell, Gail Prusslin were among them!

bike3

Officer Mateo and (the first of many of) Laura(‘s selfies).

xx


Read the rest of this entry »


Bike Ride on the Dutchess Rail-Trail

July 21, 2015

I (arose at 7:00 to leave home at 8:00, and) drove up to and over the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge, to get to the rendezvous point (in Hopewell Junction, NY), (at 9:45) for the meetup.com excursion (at 10:00).

We (six NJ people) all biked the 13 miles up to, and then (1.28 miles) over the Walkway Over The Hudson…

{click on the graphic, to see the whole pictorial/story}

ani-cycling2





Check out Jockey Hollow Bar & Kitchen!

June 1, 2015

What I posted on Facebook:

This place is OK… if you like GORgeous! — at Jockey Hollow Bar & Kitchen [in Morristown, NJ.]

jh1

Such a sunlit dining room!

jh5

Thinking of Karen Schloss + Frank Diaz and Melody Kettle!

jh2
xx


Read the rest of this entry »


Check out the Meetup group I’ve joined!

May 2, 2013

New Jersey Mountain Biking

Read the rest of this entry »


Check out (my friend) Absolutely Abby!

January 9, 2013

absolutelyabby1

absolutelyabby2a

absolutelyabby3

Read the rest of this entry »


President Obama wins election for a second term!

November 7, 2012