A Jazz Memoir

Jazz in Turin

Even though we left Turin, Italy almost four years ago, I still have vivid  memories of its live jazz concerts. It seemed like the world traveled through this beautiful city situated near the Alps in northern Italy. And so not only was I able to see and hear some amazing musicians but I was also able to approach and speak with them. Perhaps they were all a bit eager to hear and see an American to speak English with, who knows?

Curtis Fuller, Torino Jazz Club, 2010
Curtis Fuller, Torino Jazz Club, 2010. Photo taken by Eric Hompe.

 

Richie Beirach, Billy Hart, Dave Liebman, Rich McClure, Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi, Turin 2010
Richie Beirach, Billy Hart, Dave Liebman, Rich McClure, Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi, Turin 2010

 

Geri Allen, Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi, Turin, 2010
Geri Allen, Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi, Turin, 2010

 

Tom Harrell, Torino Jazz Club, 2010
Tom Harrell, Torino Jazz Club, 2010

Jazz in NYC

After having lived in Brooklyn for a couple of years, we have seen some  amazing concerts, to say the least. What I adore about music is how accessible it is to children of all ages. We’ve seen concert productions by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra under the leadership of Wynton Marsalis entitled Family Concert: who is Duke Ellington and who is Frank Sinatra. There is nothing better than hearing live music. In fact, tickets are already on sale for next season: who is Count Basie and who is Louis Armstrong.

A recent excursion to the Flat Iron district brought us to the Jazz Standard to hear the end of the year concert of Jazz for Kids, under the direction of David O’Rourke.  Admission is free but one must reserve tickets online. Donations, to help support the sound engineers, are welcome.

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Being that I was formerly a published big band writer, I generously gave them a copy of some of my original big band compositions. Who knows, perhaps there will even be a performance of them when Jazz for Kids returns next season in October.

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