Monday, July 14, 2014

It all has to start somewhere...(And for Allen Kanovsky, that could have been anywhere!)

Submitted by Al Kanovsky 07/14/14

...and my love of music and dance started when I was 8 years old and bundled up in the rumble seat of a 1935 Ford. It was at the Glen Island Casino. My oldest sister Florence was inside dancing to the Glenn Miller band with her boyfriend(a drummer) named Larry Litt.

Officially, she was baby-sitting me at our apartment while my parents and other sister Muriel were at the movies, collecting free dishes. 

That was 1940. Swing was the genre and the "Lindy" was the dance step of the day. Later that year I heard Billy Eckstine on a Count Basie recording of "Jelly Roll Blues". The opening lyric reads "Hello baby, had to call you one the phone". The closing lines were "Jelly killed my pappy and wrung my mother stone blind". It took me a while to figure out the 'jelly rolls' Billy was singing about weren't made in a bakery. The BLUES were parented by the spirituals of long ago. BLUES are the mother of JAZZ and R&B. Then came the bastard child 'Rock 'n Roll' and all its hellion cousins.

Last night I was treated to the BLUES at a Jam taking place at Fishtales on 'toity-toid'. The house band for the night had Jeff Prine (guitar), Ken Burkhart (keyboard), Jeff Sanchez (bass), Skolnick (drums) and special guest Matt Schofield (guitar). They are here to play the BLUES and that is exactly what they do. They will be joined later on by Drew Preston (guitar), Charles Gaspar (bass), Gino Lanzetta (guitar), Piano Bob, Nate Taylor (guitar) Sista' Mary Beth (vocals). Crista Landivar (drums) and Brad Mills (bass). In the audience were other musicians including Andy G (drums), and Otis Cadillac (leader of the band 'Eldorados'). 

Amongst the civilians were Jerry Blum, Blues Bobby and his wife, Betty Rosenberg, Bella, a GAL named Kristen, my pal Dave (cat in the hat) with his pal visiting from Seattle. To say we all had a good time would be a gross understatement. 

The playlist ran from "Further On Down the Road" to "Trouble When I Do". "That's the Way It's Gotta Be" to "Whipping Post". Matt's solos inspiring all to higher levels of performance. Gals up shaking their stuff, joined every once in a while with dummies like me. During the playing of "Whipping Post" I was treated to one of those moments in music where a Jam soars into the stratosphere. Sean is on bass, Crista on drums when Matt plays an incredible solo. I have listened to Jeff Prine for a number of years and never heard him play like he did following Matt. Now Ken pushes it even further --- do you think I'm having a good time? 

During the break Dave, his buddy and I philosophize and tell a couple of jokes. Dave decides to be serious and we pay close attention. He states that there are 4 things that create the perfect relationship with a women. 1.She must be a good cook, 2.She must have an ample amount of funds, 3.She must be good in bed, and 4. They must never find out about each other!!!!!! 

I forgot to mention a lady named Laurie. Talk about shakin' it. The last set ends with "Woke Up this Morning" and "One More Time". Time to go----one more thing. I had the best 'french fries' ever. Hand cut, skin on and done extra crisp as ordered. A sprinkle of salt and pepper already on --- Voila!!!

Walked across to BJB's and met James McCoy (bass) who was playing with that nights band. Did not stay for the music. Just a kiss on the cheek for Shannon --- good night chilluns.  

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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