Check out my NEW new tee-shirt!

March 20, 2016

RH feels the Bern

 

It’s been almost eight years since this one, from October 1st, 2008.

 




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Check out the Montclair Food & Wine Festival’s “Frost Bites” event!

February 8, 2016

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Our first winter soiree. Sold out, and a total success, in every other way.
With a new Executive Director–kudos to Lisa Davies!

Find #mfwf #mfwf16 on the web
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These photographs
(and do make sure you peruse all 17 montages!)
courtesy of (the amazingly talented)
Christina Nuzzo,
of LifeMosaic Photography
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Check out “The South End Business District presents…”!

October 24, 2015

… the 1st annual “Harvest Fest.”

 

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And I was there.

Click the graphic, above, to see my photos of the day.

 





Check out “My current favorite projects & affiliations”!

September 1, 2015

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For those who ask me “What do you ‘do’?”

(Click the graphic to) check out some of the ways that I ‘spend’ (*invest*) my time & energy, expertise & passion.

From music to employment transition to bicycling to food…

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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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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.

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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.

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

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

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

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