Monday, June 1, 2015

A bunch of kids...(Allen Kanovsky hangs with kids of ALL AGES at The Fish House!)

Submitted by Al Kanovsky 06/01/15

... or, maybe I should say a group of young musicians, were gathered at The Fish House in Kendall Sunday afternoon. Actually I should say young JAZZ musicians. 

The were as young as 8 and one member seemed to be mid 30's. A couple of reed players, Ian Munoz and Keanu Yarima are well known around town. Ian is 12. Keanu is 18. Physically they are direct and obvious opposites. Musically they are twin brothers. The Fish House (Angela & Juan) are avid supporters of live JAZZ & BLUES. They have expanded their programs to Monday nights BLUES sessions. The band today is known as the JECC Bootcamp JAZZ Ensemble. 

Its mentor is Ms. Nicole Yarling; violinist, vocalist and most impressive as an educator. Her efforts are tireless. Ensemble members (in alphabetical order) include Basil Bankston(trumpet), Alex Gay(bass), Calvin Gay(bass), Nicolaus Gelin(trumpet), Ryan Goodman(sax), Hali Laso(vocals) Miles Lennox(piano), Connor Munroe(sax), Noah Levine(piano), Ian Munoz(alto/tenor sax), David Ramos(sax), Miguel Russell(drums) and Keanu Yarima(all the reeds plus flute). Ira Sullivan was a special guest. The play list included "The Preacher", "In A Mellow Tone", "So What", "Cherokee", "In A Sentimental Mood", "Night In Tunisia", "What's In A Name", "There Is No Greater Love", "A-Train", "Cantaloupe Island","Alfie" and "Bag's Groove". Also an original composition by Ian Munoz, titled "Lion Tracks" written for his teacher David Leon. Spiritual to 'second line'. Blues to Bop. They covered all the bases. 

Plenty of parents and friends in the audience. JAZZophiles in attendance included Georgine, Jim, Bill,Capt. Bob and Jojo. Kevin Mahogany was there and sang "Every Day" accompanied by Ira and Marc Berner. Ira closed with "Amazing Grace". Nicole added the vocal line beautifully and soulful. 

note about the Fish House.
There are no owners that are more dedicated to live music than Angela and Juan. There is no restaurant that serves fresher or more well prepared seafood. It's in a kind of out-of-the way location. It is well worth the trip. Check listings.

My next blog will be directed to all the musicians and club owners who I review. 

Al's Disclaimer:
A short note: The reason I write this is because I love music and words. I do not book acts. I do not promote acts. I do not accept invitations to review artists. I go to venues of my own choice. When and where is not influenced by anything other than who I would like to hear that night or day. If I don't like what I hear, I won't write about it. When I like it I let you all know. I never mention a name without asking permission. "Pardon me, Miss. Would you like to dance?" 

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