Friday, June 6, 2014

The past, the present and....(The Coral Gables Community Arts Program presents them and Allen Kanovsky lives them!)

Submitted by Al Kanovsky 06/06/14

...the future of music, particularly JAZZ is in the hands of people like you and I. We share memories of the past, we enjoy the music of the present, and have to support the young JAZZ musicians of the future. Last night at the Coral Gables United Church of Christ, the (CAP) presented a look at all three of those tenses. The past represented by "The One and Only" Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. The present by the CAP All-Star JAZZ Ensemble (Essentially Ellington finalists) and the future in the announcement of a new CAP program, the CAP Miami Jazz Institute, to expand CAP’s educational offerings into a deeper jazz curriculum that reaches more children and youth and their participation in big band JAZZ. Mr. Mark Hart, Executive & Artistic Director of CAP informed the audience of CAP receiving a Knight Foundation grant of $100,000.00 to advance this projected project. It is a matching grant which means CAP must raise an equal amount on its own to get the dough. I implore all of you who love music to help in their efforts.  

Yeah---Yeah the music. 

The concert started with the ALL-STAR JAZZ ENSEMBLE. Let me say that you don't get to the finals of EE and play on the stage at Lincoln Center if you are not great. Not just good, but great. This band is great. Each and every musician is talented with wonderful technique. They are directed by Daniel Strange, who I don't think is an awful lot older than the band members. The reeds -- on alto-Sam Valancy & Felipe Lamar -- Tenor, Pedro Millan & Chris Mariani--Bari, Miguel Lamar -- Clarinet Miss natalia Fumero --T-Bones, Steven Goralnick, Chris Kaercher, Felix Regalado and Bryan Diaz -- Trumpets, Christian Garibello, Robert'Mac' Vega-Dowda, Fernando Ferrarone and Daniel Calkins -- Guitar, Hunter Nash and Diego Melgar -- Piano, Angel Perez -- Bass, Leo Henkin and Sebastian Rios -- drums, Kyle Benford and Dimitri Godur. They played the 3 charts that they had done at the finals in Lincoln Center. Hey, the plunger mutes arise again. I was particularly impressed with the trumpet section on up tempoed tunes. Triplets, triple tonguing, tone and technique--WOW!. 

If you are going to be next on a program, following their performance you better have something. And the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra does. 

Under the direction of Terry Myers all of these cats can 'blow'. The band members included on tenor sax, Dan Jordan & Tom Dietz. Altos, Gabriel Carson & Damon Werner. Bari, local star, Mike Brignola. Trombones Pat Gulatto, Steve Smith and Bill Nestler. The back row of trumpeteers had Brian Scanlon, Ed Gaston, Donovan Johnson and Matt McCarthy. On bass was home town favorite, Chuck Bergeron. At the '88' Mr. Mark McGee. The trap set was handled very well by Gary Parell.The other day, I wrote that the trombone was not a 'romantic' sound. I had forgotten that "In A Sentimental Mood" was TD's theme song  and those opening trombone notes, da--da--dadadada-dahhh sent shivers down plenty of spines in the 30's and 40's. Saddle shoes and skirts below the knees that flared out when the jitterbugs twirled their dates on the dance floor of the Glen Island Casino. After the short intro trombone solo they jumped into Sy Oliver's "Opus 1"' "I'm racking my brain to think of a name, to give to this tune" It was 1944. The year I would turn 13 and have my first music lesson. I am out tonight with Ms. Jackie Deering. On our way in we met my pal Dr. Jules Oaklander and on his arm is the lovely opera star, Maria. We are all tappin' to the tune. Stephen Foster wrote a song he called "Old Folks at Home". Sy Oliver named it "Suwannee River" and it became a TD favorite. Alto and trombone step up to play "Once In A While". Jackie knows the lyric and sings along whispering it in my ear. Somehow, I don't mind. Now the band swings "You're Nobody 'til Somebody Loves You". Ms. Deering knows this lyric as well. She does not sing this one in my ear. Mr. David Brock handles the vocals on "The Song Is You" and then the tune that brought tears during WWII, "I'll Never Smile Again". A Sinatra hit "I've Got You Under My Skin" and then the instreumental, "Song Of India", with the four trumpets soaring their way through it all. "Teach Me Tonight" and David returns to sing "Sunny Side" and then he and the band do "I Want To Be Around". They conclude the first set with "Hawaiian War Chant", which again has everyone tappin' &-----.  

The 2d set was at least as good as the first and maybe a bit lustier. A jitterbug tune "Well Get It" has me almost up and dancing. "Molton Swing" increases that urge. The Jimmy Van Heusen/Harry Cahn melody "The Second Time Around" has Jackie singing in my ear again' What does a guy have to do? Here comes "Marie". David handles the vocal line and the band provides the lyric undr line. It is a fun tune. David continues his singing with Irving Berlin's "Be Careful It's My Heart" and then Cole Porter's "I Get A Kick Out Of You" . Jackie likes the line "flying up high with some (guy) in the sky". Ms. Deering is an international flight attendant with American Airlines. note: I would fly with her anywhere, anytime. The same goes for dancing with her. Another tune that carried the nation during the Big War was "TD's Boogie Woogie". Talk about memories. A 12 year old little girl named Rose Prochansky taught a 12 1/2 year old little boy, Allen, to "Lindy" to that song. He married her just after her 50th birthday. "Them There Eyes" in a nice swing tempo and then Dan Jordan stands up and tears your heart out with "I'm Confessing That I Love You". I'm thinking about singing in Jackies ear but afraid that it might lead to------. They play "Night Train" I swear there are three or four women in the audience about to get up and start stripping. It's a good thing we're in a Church.. The trombone plays the opening notes of 'Sentimental' to end the show. Great night for JAZZ and all who came out to listen. Terry's tenor sax is of an unusual color. Kind of a grey/bronze patina. He tells me it is a Selmer MarkVI that was made of used artillery shells during WWII when brass was short of hand. Dan Jordan and I had a brief talk about whether playing music is work or not. He graduated from North Texas State. He claims they threw him out. At one time, at least half the Stan Kenton band were NTS graduates. It is now known as  the University of North Texas. Thank you Mike Brignola. 

The evening ended with Maria, Jackie, Dr. Jules and I enjoying some Japanese food and conversation. I decided I am not going to sing anything in to Ms. Deerings ear. Let me tell you that girl can eat. On the other hand she makes a heck of a chauffeur. Hmmmmm. Whispering as I hold you close------UhOh!   

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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