Wednesday, November 7, 2012

the past & the future - Al sees both, in the same day.

Submitted by Al Kanovsky 11/7/12

I stayed up listening to the BLUES 'til the wee morning hours of Sunday morning. I was at the Bradfordville Blues Club in Tallahassee for the Big Bend Hospice Benefit. Plenty of past history here. I got up in the wee hours of Sunday morning to drive back to Fort Lauderdale in time to listen to the history of the future, The "Battle of the Bands" is a concert sponsored by the consortium of the Miami JAZZ Co-op, the Gold Coast Jazz Society and South Florida JAZZ and held at the Bienes Center. It featured two South Florida High School bands. The Dillard Center for the Arts and the New World School of the Arts. They finished 1st and 3d, respectively, in last years Essentially Ellington competition at Lincoln Center in New York. These two schools are known for having the most talented youngsters in attendance and produce the JAZZ stars of the future. Christopher Dorsey conducts for the Dillard band and Jim Gasior for New World. Both are outstanding musicians as well as teachers. The schools presented programs that went from "Manteca" to "Royal Garden Blues"--from "Satin Doll" to "St. James Infirmary". Strayhorn to Coletrane, Ellington to Mulligan. From freshmen to seniors, all done with integrity and love for JAZZ. It was a great weekend for the music that plays a part in our lives. I had a chance to experience the past and look in to the future. All of it keeps me clappin' and tappin'.

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