Wednesday, November 14, 2012

JAZZ, BLUES & WHAT???? - Al asks the BIG question...

Submitted by Al Kanovsky 11/14/12

In opposition to what most people think, I do not spend every night in a "joint", as defined in a previous essay. Some evenings I might go to the opera or ballet, a flick or a reading. You must notice I left out the symphony. For whatever the reason, live orchestra performances put me to sleep. Last night I opted, at the invitation of Dr. Jules Oaklander, to attend the theater at Broward Center, for a play titled "Million Dollar Quartet". It's about a night in Rock 'n Roll history. A cast of 8 actor/musicians portrayed the legendary characters. Carl Perkins (Lee Ferris), Johnny Cash (Scott Moreau), Jerry Lee Lewis (Martin Kaye), Elvis Presley (Cody Slaughter), Jay Perkins (Chuck Zayas), Fluke (Billy Shaffer), Sam Phillips (Christopher Ryan Grant) and Dyanne (Kelly Lamont). Every member of the cast, not only played the role, but actually played their respective instruments. If you grew up with the music you would have heard all of the eras big hits. From "Blue Suede Shoes" to "Great Balls of Fire", "Long Tall Sally" to "I Hear You Knocking", "See You Later Alligator" to "Folsom Prison Blues". Twenty-two songs in all, including an impassioned "Down By the Riverside". It was a musical concert and play rolled into a very entertaining package. It had me clappin' tappin' and even had some "youngsters(they were once) dancin' in the aisles. If you grew up with R&R it will bring back great memories. See it if you can!!!

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