Lee Quick, Lori Gill, Ted Tedesco, Rhys Bennett
If you didn't come to Sunday's Jazz Jam, you missed a ton of fun and exciting entertainment!!! We had a few new faces among the musians and singers. OUTSTANDING!
As always, E.T. Swing's The Thing band and the sit-in musicians put on a fabulous show. Lots of dancing (more than I've ever seen before).
We had special appearances by our own Lori Gill, Roland Flemming, James Whitfield, Marge Ordway, Joyce Lundgren, Robbie Moore, Jamie Lee, and a slam-dunk performance of At Last by Kary Adams that not only packed the dance floor but brought the crowd to their feet.
One of our high school student recipients of a Band Camp Scholarship has made a few appearances now. Rhys (pronounced "Reese") Bennett plays the baritone sax. His talent is awesome, and he's not only getting the benefit of the camp, but also working live with our musicians. He takes his cues right on time and creates some great jazz runs. His passion sure shines when he performs for us! KEEP COMING! Watch for his bio and photo on the Musician's page soon.
We were all looking forward to the return of musician and singer James Whitfield to the E. T. Swing's The Thing Band after a long medical absence. James looks great, sounded better than ever, and is just, simply put, an inspiration to all of us to have such a positive attitude after all that he has been through over the past several months. We especially want to thank those musicians who took their time to volunteer music performances at the rehab center, including James in the shows: Jame Lee, Roland Flemming, Eddie Trester. I'm sure it not only made a big difference to James' encouragement, but served as a special treat to other patients and the staff. Way to go!!!
Please be sure to check out our Musician's page for a bio of Bill Prince. What a shocker to read how many famous bands and singers he has played for. His web site is listed so you can read more.
Winners of our raffle of $40 each were Marge Ordway and Elise Nevel. Thank you Elise for the donation back to the SAJS.
There will be no monthly meeting in August, but there WILL be a Jazz Jam. More information on that later.