… the 1st annual “Harvest Fest.”
And I was there.
Click the graphic, above, to see my photos of the day.
Starting at One New York Plaza (in 1986), then to 55 Water Street, then to Two New York Plaza, all in a row, downtown, on the water near South Ferry.
Salomon Brothers Inc
See the building address, here?! We moved the world headquarters (somewhat) uptown. (Over many weekends!)
Years later that building came crumbling down. (Nobody I know was hurt. [I did lose one (ex-Solly) friend, who was at Cantor FitzGerald (at the top of one of the twin towers) in 2001.]) And it has been rebuilt.
And I didn’t stay in this one spot for all the hours
in between these two shots!
I walked for mmmiles, around Williamsburg,
including over the bridge, to Manhattan, and back!
Click one of the photos to see my slide-show.
Francisco Diaz & Deb Young make photographs, in an entirely online relationship–Skype-ing for hours on end! Their creations are surrealistically realistic (realistically surrealistic?). They have a refreshingly new/decidedly unique point of view/style.
E.g., not only were they not together, in this shot (or ever, in person!), I would further guess that neither of them were ever captured in front of this facade! So, what IS “real”? [These photo-graphic-like cotton-candy-spun layer-cake-built pixel-sculptures? Sure!]
A (manufactured) portrait of the artists.
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…)!
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!
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!