Monday, May 14, 2012

Mother's Day At The Jazz Club

The refrigerator magnet, given to all of the women present.

There was  good turnout largely due to the fact that the featured band was JazzAmerica, composed of young people from age 13 to 22, the majority being 15.  They had to bring their mothers along - they aren't old enough to drive!

We were pleased to see so many people - but taken aback by the sign on the closed,dark bar door:  Power Failure

Happily the jazz club is able to overome dire emergencies like this one and the kitchen was offering not-very-cold Becks Beer as well as the usual hot dogs and coffee.  One of the ladies had made and contributed a  upcake cake.  This would never have occurred to me, but the baker put all of the cupcakes tightly together in a square and then frosted the whole damned thing!  If you like icing, this one's for you.

We took seats and settled in.  The house, pick-up band was tootling merrily along.  As I idly glanced around the room, I started!  At firt glance, the woman in the pink-purple matronly outfit and huge hat looked exactly like Queen Elizabeth II, right down to her sensible shoes.  She was even wearing thick-framed glasses in an unpleasant orange-ish tone.

After some stage re-organiztion, JazzAmericca took to it and began playing.  JazzAmericfa is a 501c(3) non-profit co-founded by Buddy Colette in 1994.  This organization has never charged tuition.  Visit at ...

With 15 members, their sound was a lot biggr than the usual set-up of six.  Darynn Dean, 15, is the female vocalist and she was very, very good.  She sang a tribute to Julie London's "Be Bye, Blackbird, accompanied only by the bass.  It was an amazingly good pairing. 

The group leader/instructor fancied himself a wit and favored us with a couple of groaners.  Example:  In 1765, Finland got itself a national anthem.  It ran to 11 stanzas so they had to cut it - otherwise it wouldn't finish.  Long ago in Australia, all of the former prisoners that had been shipped there were given new trials and many of them were exonerated  - but freedom didn't last -- it was a kangaroo court. 

All things considered, it was a good afternoon.  I was glad though that Bob (Brodsky) wasn't there.  There were three saxophones in the first line.  Bob has a barely-contained aversion to the music of a saxophone and three of "the damned things!" would have put him over the edge. 

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