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Guitars & Saxes 2008 concert recap October 26, 2008

Posted by Mike C. in Jazz, Music, Personal.
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Click here for my recap of the Guitars and Saxes Smooth Cruise in August 2010.

On a very windy, very rainy Saturday night, I attended the 9:30 concert for Guitars & Saxes at the IMAC in Huntington.  This was the very last stop for their 2008 tour.  And since it was the second of two shows that night, it was the very last concert.

The headliners were:

Peter White on guitar #1…

Jeff Golub on guitar #2…

Gerald Albright on saxophone #1…

…and Jeff Lorber on a pair of keyboards.

Though not a headliner, the woman on saxophone #2, a rapidly rising star in contemporary jazz, is a headliner to me: Jessy J!

Rounding out the band, Nate Phillips on bass…

…and Rayford Griffin on drums.

Here was the set list:
(Nate and Rayford performed on all songs.)

Introductory medley:
1a. Tune 88 (Jeff Lorber)
Original heard on: “Water Sign,” 1979 (with The Jeff Lorber Fusion); “Flipside,” 2005
Featured musicians: Jeff Lorber, Jessy J

1b. Promenade (Peter White)
Original heard on: “Promenade,” 1993
Featured musicians: Peter White, Jeff Lorber, Jessy J

1c. Ain’t No Woman (Like The One I Got) (Jeff Golub; Four Tops cover)
Original heard on: “Grand Central,” 2007
Featured musicians: Jeff Golub, Peter White, Jeff Lorber, Jessy J

1d. To the Max (Gerald Albright)
Original heard on: “Kickin’ It Up,” 2004
Featured musicians: Gerald Albright, Jeff Lorber, Peter White, Jeff Golub, Jessy J

2. Rehab (Jeff Lorber; Amy Winehouse cover)
Originally heard on: “Heard That,” 2008
Featured musicians: Jeff Lorber, Gerald Albright, Peter White, Jeff Golub, Jessy J

Jeff’s version is much, much better than the original (which I would never listen to since I’m not an Amy Winehouse fan).  The song featured a lively call and response section, as all featured musicians called (musically, of course) to Jeff and he responded.

3. Who’s That Lady (Peter White; Isley Brothers cover)
Originally heard on: “Glow,” 2001
Featured musicians: Peter White, Jeff Lorber, Jessy J; Jeff Golub joined in later

This song initially featured Jessy J on bongos:

Then, we segued into “Oye Como Va,” a Tito Puente cover (notably covered by Santana), and Jessy moved to flute:

As stated above, Jeff Golub joined in for this part:

4. Dangerous Curves (Jeff Golub)
Originally heard on: “Dangerous Curves,” 2000
Featured musicians: Jeff Golub, Gerald Albright, Jeff Lorber, Jessy J

5. My, My, My (Gerald Albright; Johnny Gill cover)
Originally heard on: “Dream Come True,” 1990
Featured musicians: Gerald Albright, Jeff Lorber, Jeff Golub, Peter White, Jessy J

The picture of Gerald when introducing the players was taken during “My, My, My.”  This song featured background vocals from Rayford Griffin (not pictured), Peter White, Jessy J (both below)…

…and Jeff Lorber.

It also featured two big solos by Gerald.  The latter solo mellowed to the point where he merely blew air into his saxophone’s reed.  It was very close to beatboxing.  A few players prompted the audience to snap their fingers to the beat.  Then, Gerald resumed generating notes from the sax and the song was completed.

Next, the lone song by Jessy J, seen here addressing the audience:

6. Tequila Moon (Jessy J)
Originally heard on: “Tequila Moon,” 2008
Featured musicians: Jessy J, Peter White, Jeff Lorber

7. Naked City (Avenue Blue, Jeff Golub’s former group)
Originally heard on: “Naked City,” 1996
Featured musicians: Jeff Golub, Jeff Lorber

The picture off Jeff Golub from the player introduction was taken during this song.

8. Bueno Funk (Peter White)
Originally heard on: “Glow,” 2001
Featured musicians: Peter White, Jeff Golub, Jeff Lorber, Jessy J

Initially, Jessy went back to the bongos, as you see in the upper-right portion of this picture:

Then, Jessy brought out the sunglasses…

…as Peter played the opening riff from the “James Bond Theme”…

…before switching back to “Bueno Funk,” featuring an organ solo from Jeff Lorber (or “J-Lo,” as Gerald refers to him) and a return to the sax for Jessy.

The picture of Rayford Griffin from the player introduction was taken during a drum solo for this song, which ended on the opening melody from Deep Purple’s “Smoke On The Water.”

9. Surreptitious (Jeff Lorber)
Originally heard on: “He Had a Hat,” 2007
Featured musicians: Jeff Lorber, Jeff Golub, Gerald Albright, Jessy J

10. Georgia On My Mind (Gerald Albright; Hoagy Carmichael cover; Ray Charles, best known cover of it)
Originally heard on: “Live At Birdland West,” 1991; “New Beginnings,” 2006
Featured musicians: Gerald Albright, Jeff Golub, Jeff Lorber, Peter White, Jessy J

After a few minutes, the tempo and energy picked up with solos from all featured musicians.

That was the last song of the set, but shows like this rarely end without an encore.

After a 20-to-30-second standing ovation under darkness, the band returned to the stage:

And this was the encore song:
11. Cut The Cake (Jeff Golub; Average White Band cover)
Originally heard on: “Do It Again,” 2002
Featured musicians: Jeff Golub, Gerald Albright, Peter White, Jeff Lorber, Jessy J

This featured a Nate Phillips bass solo, which is where his player introduction picture came from.

Rayford Griffin, Gerald Albright, and Jessy J provided brief background vocals.

And that was it; concert over, tour over.

What a way to close things out.

During the meet-and-greet, I got to catch up with Gerald, Peter, and Jeff Lorber, and meet Jeff Golub and Jessy.  Here I am with all five:

And here’s a picture Gerald shot of Jessy and me:

Before we said goodbye and I wished her best of luck, she told me to check out her blog, which doubles as a vlog (video log).  I told her I would do so the next day because I was worn out after that concert, as we all were.  I’m a man of my word; I checked it out once I turned my computer on after I got up on Sunday (the day this post is dated).  It’s quite interesting.  It almost inspires me to start vlogging.  We’ll see.

Meanwhile, I hoped you enjoyed this recap, which turned out to be as detailed as my Smooth Jazz for Scholars recap back six months ago.  (Six months ago already?  Boy, time flies.)  As that recap was, this one, too, was a labor of love.

By the way, once I left IMAC around midnight, the rain had tapered off, the winds had died down, and the sky began to clear.

Guitars & Saxes tonight at IMAC October 25, 2008

Posted by Mike C. in Jazz, Personal.
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Tonight, the 2008 incarnation of Guitars & Saxes will be performing at the IMAC (Inter-Media Art Center) in Huntington, New York.

The headliners are Gerald Albright on sax (and probably bass on a song or two) (10/26 UPDATE: no bass)Peter White and Jeff Golub on the respective guitars, and Jeff Lorber on keyboards.  Though not a headliner, Jessy J, the second saxophonist, should not be discounted.  She is a rising star in contemporary jazz.

I have the good fortune of seeing all five musicians, plus the other players, when I attend the 9:30 concert.  As I typically say before going anywhere or attending anything, I hope I have a good time.  And hopefully, I’ll plenty of pictures to share.  Wish me luck.

C.W. Post/WCWP Homecoming 2008 recap October 21, 2008

Posted by Mike C. in Airchecks, Interviews, Jazz, Personal, Radio.
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Later recaps: 2009, WCWP 50th Anniversary (2011), 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

Before I begin the recap, here are the airchecks of my alumni radio show…
2008 Alumni Show aircheck audio

…and both parts of my previously discussed interview with Ken Navarro:
Ken Navarro Interview II, Part 1
Ken Navarro Interview II, Part 2
2/3/13 UPDATE: Ken Navarro Interview II-Final Cut

With that out of the way, let’s begin.  I arrived on campus at 2:00 on Saturday, a cold (for October), windy day.  First, I went to WCWP to put down all my equipment.  Then, I walked to Hickox Field to take in the Homecoming atmosphere.

On the field, the C.W. Post Pioneers football team were playing the Millersville Marauders.

WCWP (highlighted in this picture by the black oval) provided the play-by-play:

Bored, and hardly seeing anyone I knew, I walked back to WCWP to prepare for my radio show.  It turned out to be a good thing I left when I did, as you’ll find out three pictures down.  (By the way, the Pioneers won 55-38, extending their record to 2-5.)

Earlier this year, fellow WCWP alumnus Kevin Jeffreys passed away.  This year’s Homecoming and alumni weekend were dedicated to him:

All four news production TVs were tuned to the Studio 1 webcam used exclusively for alumni weekend.  Below, you see the football postgame in progress.

The game, and subsequent postgame coverage, ended much sooner than I, and several alumni, thought it would.  So, instead of coming on the air at 3:30, I came on at 3:00.  Luckily, I found a handful long tracks on the CDs I brought for the original playlist to fill the extra time.  Here are some camcorder vidcaps of my show, as seen in the video I linked to at the top of this recap:

Toward the end of the show, I went to the myWCWP website to see what the webcam looked like on the internet stream:

Then, Phil, a current WCWP member, took this picture from one of the news TVs:

Craig Stern, another fellow alum, shot this picture of me at the board:

After the show, it was off to the Pioneer Room on the first floor of Hillwood Commons for the Friends of WCWP Alumni Dinner, where Bernie Bernard hosted her alumni show (Craig Stern is in the first pic):

Here I am with Bernie and Alan Seltzer, who, as the Homecoming Coordinator, is responsible for putting alumni weekend together (updated after Alan’s comment):

With Jamie Mazzo:

Jamie and Bernie:

Then, it was back to Studio 1 at WCWP for Jay Mirabile’s special four-hour “Disco and Funk King Show”:

Here I am with Jay:

One last picture: Jay in action.

And that was my Saturday at C.W. Post for this year’s Homecoming.  It was a long, but worthwhile day.

South Florida trip recap October 21, 2008

Posted by Mike C. in Personal, Weather.
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It’s taken me a few weeks to get around to this, but here is a recap of my trip to South Florida, culled from some of my best pictures, at least of scenery and roadways.

Sunday, September 28
The pool near my grandparents’ house in Boynton Beach:

There were torrential downpours Sunday evening and my parents, grandparents, and I had to drive through them on Florida’s Turnpike on our way to dinner at Silver Pond, a Hong Kong-style Chinese restaurant, in Lauderdale Lakes.

After dinner, the rain followed us back to Boynton Beach.

Tuesday, September 30
My grandfather celebrated his 80th birthday at my aunt’s, uncle’s, and cousin’s house in Coral Springs.  It rained that day, too…

…but it ended by dusk.

The next few pictures were from the ride back to Boynton Beach on the Sawgrass Expressway (FL 869)…

…and Powerline Rd., which turns into Jog Rd. north of Glades Rd. (FL 808).

Wednesday, October 1
The following set of pictures was taken from my grandparents’ backyard and front yard, before my parents, sister, and I drove back to Palm Beach International Airport to fly home.

Now, the ride up Military Trail (FL 809) to the airport:

The view of the airport from Belvedere Rd.:

Riding our rental car company’s shuttle to the terminal:

Once at the terminal:

When we arrived at the gate, we found out our flight was delayed an hour.  But we landed on Long Island only twenty minutes behind schedule.

That concludes this recap.

4/9/11 UPDATE: In June 2010, my grandmother passed away.  My grandfather passed in November.  May they rest in peace.

Headed to C.W. Post today! October 18, 2008

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Today is finally the day of my radio show at WCWP.  As I’ve said in previous posts, the show starts at 3:30 or immediately following coverage of the C.W. Post Pioneers’ Homecoming game against Millersville University.  I plan on checking out the festivites next to Hickox Field about an hour before I go on.

At the same time as my show, there will be an Alumni Reception two studios down in the Abrams Communications Building.  I should have time for both, especially with the long Ken Navarro interview.  Speaking of which, Part 1 is scheduled to air at 4:29 and Part 2 at 5:00.

Shortly after the show, I’ll be headed to the Pioneer Room on the first floor of Hillwood Commons for the Friends of WCWP Alumni Dinner.

I’m hoping all goes well, or at least, well enough.  I should have a recap of my day, along with an aircheck of the show and both parts of the Ken Navarro interview, by some time next week.

Slightly good news: Cablevision adds more HD channels. October 16, 2008

Posted by Mike C. in Media, Personal, Sports, TV.
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I went to the Cablevision About page to see if there was any new news and maybe a certain business channel added.  Nope.  That would be silly, of course.  But five more HD channels were added this week:

BETHPAGE, NY, October 14, 2008 — Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE: CVC) today announced the addition of five new free high-definition channels to the iO TV digital cable lineup, which now offers customers 65 HD channels across Cablevision’s entire service area.  The new channels, MTV HD, VH1 HD, CMT HD, Fuse HD and NHL Network HD, present leading music, pop culture and sports programming and will launch over a three day period from October 14-16.

Well, I had wanted NHL Network HD.  So, at least I get that.  Meanwhile, still no Fox Business Network.  It doesn’t matter how many times Neil Cavuto says of FBN, “If you’re not getting it, demand it.”  Cablevision doesn’t seem to care.  Or does it?  Toward the end of that link:

Sources close to negotiations indicate that FBN is closing in on a deal with one of three main holdouts: Dish Network, Cablevision and Cox.

My pessimism indicates that one of three is actually one of the two: Dish Network and Cox.  I really hope I’m wrong.

11/19/09 UPDATE: FBN has finally come to Cablevision!

Presidential debate at Hofstra tonight October 15, 2008

Posted by Mike C. in Golf, Personal, Politics, Sports, TV.
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The last of the Presidential debates between Democratic nominee Barack Obama and Republican nominee John McCain will be held tonight at Hofstra University in Hempstead.  Last night, I actually considered going over there this afternoon, but I need credentials.  So much for that.

A venue I was able to get into – after buying a ticket, of course – was the PGA Champions Tour’s Commerce Bank Championship, which was held at Eisenhower Park’s Red Course.  As I documented in the post I’ve linked to, I appeared in a few crowd shots toward the end of Golf Channel’s coverage.

Back to the present, this was basically a post I felt obligated to make since the debate is about 25 minutes away from my house…barring heavy traffic, which there no doubt is.

Three days to air! October 15, 2008

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Only three more days to go until my alumni weekend/Homecoming radio show at WCWP.  A few showers and low 50s are in the forecast.  So, I guess I won’t be dressed like I was last year:

It was in the upper 70s to low 80s and kind of humid, if I remember correctly.  Let’s just say it was quite warm for early October on Long Island.

Ken Navarro interview editing process progress October 7, 2008

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And no, the above title is not a typo.

It took me three nights and three days, but I have finally completed editing my alumni show interview with Ken Navarro.  It’s 30:34.030 long.  The next step will be inserting excerpts where necessary from “The Grace of Summer Light,” plus “Lakes,” the studio and live recordings of “Try Again,” and a few songs from other artists I mentioned in the interview.

And after that, then I can finally make the playlist for next Saturday’s show on WCWP.  (I can’t believe it’s next week already!)

10/8, 4:20 PM UPDATE: I’ve completed that next step and now I’m completely 100% finished with the editing process.  The interview will air in two parts.  Part one is about 16 1/2 minutes; part two is about 18 minutes.

Summer pre-order update #4…a few days late. October 6, 2008

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I’m a few days late in reporting this, but my copy of Jeff Lorber’s new album, “Heard That,” arrived on my front porch on Tuesday.  It was waiting for me when I returned from South Florida the following afternoon.  It’s a great CD.  I’m not sold on “Take Control,” but the rest of the tracks are superb.  “Come On Up” has come to signify my return home because it was the first track I heard when I put the CD in my computer.