January's Jazz Jam: Piece of Cake!
That's what 12 year old Mark Stevens, 7th grade student of Gamble Rogers Middle School made it look like when he got up in front of our audience of about 75 people to play his B flat clarinet. He played his favorite, "Amerian Patrol" by Meacham & Lewis. He's only been playing two years. All the while I was interviewing him, he was looking at his music sheet and commenting on parts he was going over in his head. His role model is Duke Ellington and aspires to be a band teacher.
"My best friend, Jade is in the St. John's County Honors Band and invited me to be in the jazz band. I love swing. And I like taking the melody in songs. I'm good at taking trumpet and tenor sax parts on the clarinet."
Mark took his spot on the band floor like he'd been doing it all his life. Gil Surrette took a side step to let Mark start off, then fell in with lead and harmony parts with his clarinet like they'd been playing together forever. He was obviously concentrating hard while the audience was clapping to the beat.
I think anyone that attended will agree, he'll be back, and is going to go far with that clarinet. Thanks Mark for wowing us with your performance. Awesome job, little man.
As soon as we get the video portion working on our website, watch for his performance. His parents should be so proud.
It's All In The Feet...
We may not be Ginger Rogers, and we may not dance backwards in high heels like she did, but we sure have a good time. Now, just who's feet are these, anyway?
There are 60 new photos in the Photo Gallery from January's Jazz Jam. Share the pics with your friends. Send them the link to the website: www.staugustinejazzsociety.org. Better yet, BRING THEM.
LQQK Who's Coming in the near future...
We have been diligently working on scheduling some great performers and favorites to play for the next six months. Watch for date announcements for the following music venues (not in this order): UNF Jazz Band, Lee & Sally Quick, Navy Jazz Band, St. Augustine High School Jazz Band, Linda Cole, Kenny McKinsey and Rusty Springfield.
February's Jazz Jam
We will announce in the near future who will be performing on February 22 at 2:00, 301 Royal St. Augustine Rd. at the Royal St. Augustine Country Club, just off SR 16. Admission is $5 for members, $7 for non-members. But if you're reading our web page for the first time, our Jazz Jams include live entertainment, dancing, light sandwiches for purchase, drinks, a door prize and always a 50/50 raffle. Check out our photo gallery. Many people don't dance, but it's always fun to watch those who do. Come with a friend, spouse, neighbor, or stag. This is the best time of the month you'll ever have. We meet the last Sunday of each month. This is Leap Year, so if it seems a little early in the month to you, that's why.
(watch for more articles shortly.. ya'll come back now, hear?)
January 25, 2015 Jazz Jam
This month's Jazz Jam will feature Ray Mazzo on keyboard, Larry Nader on bass and Bill McGee on drums. We will be celebrating Valentines Day, so wear red. As always our event will be from 2:00 to 5:00, Royal St. Augustine Golf & Country Club, 301 Royal St. Augustine Rd., off US 16. We always have a 50-50 Raffle and door prize drawings. Come and enjoy this great entertainment afternoon, including dancing, and occasionally, they have meals available for purchase. Tell your neighbors about us. (We'll leave the light on!)
Dusty Springfield will be performing in March. Watch for more information soon.
Joyce Lundgren's Radio Show WFOY
Joyce Lundgren has a new radio show "Our Town" on WFOY, Friday mornings from 9:00-10:00 a.m. The first half hour is filled with history, archeology, anthropology, geology, culture and much more. At 9:30, you'll enjoy listening to her interview our most loved musicians, band leaders, singers, leaders in creative art, theatre, and so much more that we offer here in St. Augustine. The most recently featured was the Limelight Theatre. It was packed with information we rarely hear of involving what it takes to operate that wonderful live-performance theatre. Many volunteers are needed, and as a "thank you", they receive a free show pass. Ask Joyce and Josie how that works.
The first show was 9/2/15 featuring Gil Surrette, band leader of The Boston Connection.
On 9/9/15, featured artist was Jamie Lee (yours truly). Joyce is doing a great job promoting our great city.
Photo Gallery...Exciting News!!!
Check out our 79 new October Photos in the Gallery, 38 from July (increased from 13), two more for September, and 31 for August. Maybe you'll see yourself having a great time. Thanks to all who have shared their photos with me to post.
Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the picture page and click on that down arrow next to "Display Num" and click on "ALL". This will give you all the pictures on one page instead of just 20, forcing you to click on the next page number when you reach the bottom of each page.
These are fun pictures. I've had a hoot going through them and thinking of funny captions.
(P.S.: Thanks for your patience while I muddled through technical issues these past few months.)
MARC DICKMAN RECEIVES AWARD
At our October Jazz Jam, Professor Marc Dickman was awarded a plaque acknowledging his great dedication to his students and to keeping Jazz very much alive in their hearts. It is because of his endeavors that this style of music will live on. We appreciate their willingness to perform for our Jazz Jams, which in turn, gives them the experiences they will have as they continue to bring this delightful, fun genre of music to such great audiences as our Jazz Society. We give this honor in great gratitude.
NOVEMBER JAZZ JAM "Turkey Trot"
This month's Jazz Jam will feature Lee Quick on keyboard, Sally Quick on upright bass and Jay Messick on drums. There have been requests by our members to play more slow songs so more people could enjoy dancing. We will try to be more accommodating with the musicians and singers. Thank you for speaking up! Admission is $5 for members, $7 for non-members. Our meetings always include a 50/50 raffle, and occasionally, we throw in some competitions with prizes.
Our Board Election results are:
Don Stockman - President
Nancy Bain - Vice President
MaryEllen Stockman - Treasurer
Jim Fenimore - Director
Terry McDonald - Director
CONGRATULATIONS to all of you. We're looking forward to another successful year. Generally speaking, we have had a great rise in our membership, which allows for more scholarships to be awarded. Our recipients have spoken of their appreciation continually, and are now regularly attending our Jazz Jams to sit in with our core musicians. Your vote counts, your membership matters, and what this organization accomplishes with our mission of scholarships has made a difference in these young musicians' lives. We have become "the place to be" each month as our members enjoy great live music, dancing, and an occasional meal. Our music doesn't die, and these young musicians are great proof of that!
DECEMBER MEETING & JAZZ JAM
There will be no December Members Meeting, nor Jazz Jam. We wish you the happiest of holiday celebrations. Stay safe, and we'll see you next year on Monday, January 5th at 7:00 p.m. at the St. Augustine City Hall. We need you at the meetings as well as the Jazz Jams. The meetings are only one hour.