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Michael Jackson: 1950-2009; covers played on my shows June 26, 2009

Posted by Mike C. in Airchecks, Internet, Jazz, Music, Personal, Radio.
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Michael Jackson, a music icon (a term that everyone seems to be using), died Thursday in Los Angeles at the age of 50.  In my opinion, he had his problems in other areas, but he was a great musician.  He will be missed.

The first songs I remember hearing as a young boy were “Billie Jean” and “Beat It.”  Of course, I was able to hear many more after that.  Among them, “Bad,” “Black or White,” and the duet with his sister Janet, “Scream.”

Through jazz, I discovered other songs of his.  In 1988, David Benoit covered “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” on his “Every Step of the Way” album.  In 1989, the late Miles Davis covered “Human Nature” on “You’re Under Arrest.”  19 years later, in 2008, Benoit would also cover “Human Nature” along with “Never Can Say Goodbye.”  I also heard “Never Can Say Goodbye” covered by Dave Grusin and Lee Ritenour on “A Twist of Motown” in 2003.

A few times in my six years (to date) in radio, I played two Michael Jackson covers and one Jackson 5 cover.  Thanks to my overall playlist files in Microsoft Word, I can share the songs and the artists who covered them and what shows I played the songs on:

Miles Davis, “Human Nature” (You’re Under Arrest, 1989):

  • 11/16/01, The Mike Chimeri Show (WCWP)
  • 4/26/02, The Mike Chimeri Show (WCWP)
  • 9/27/02, The Mike Chimeri Show (WCWP)
  • 11/15/02, The Mike Chimeri Show (WCWP)
  • 12/31/03, The Mike Chimeri Show (WCWP)
  • 11/4/04, The Instrumental Invasion (WGBB)

Chuck Loeb, “Rock With You” (Listen, 1999)

  • 9/27/02, The Mike Chimeri Show (WCWP)
  • 1/30/03, The Mike Chimeri Show (WCWP)
  • 12/30/04, The Instrumental Invasion (WGBB)
  • 6/17/07, Block 1 (6PM-9PM, 12AM-3AM, 6AM-9AM, 12PM-3PM), MCJN: Mike Chimeri Jazz Net (my Live365 Internet Radio station, May 22 to July 7, 2007)
  • 7/5/07, Block 1, MCJN: Mike Chimeri Jazz Net (Live365 Internet Radio)

Dave Grusin & Lee Ritenour, “Never Can Say Goodbye” (A Twist of Motown, 2003):

  • 2/25/04, The Mike Chimeri Show (WCWP)
  • Evergreen Show #5 (pre-recorded 3/3/04), The Mike Chimeri Show (WCWP)

MP3: Airchecks from shows featuring Michael Jackson covers

Outside of radio, I heard “I Want You Back” (the Jackson 5) and “Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)” (the Jacksons) covered at previous Smooth Jazz for Scholars concerts.  The latter was in 2007 and the former in 2007 and 2009.

U.S. Open 2009 recap June 25, 2009

Posted by Mike C. in Golf, Personal, Sports, Travel, TV, Weather.
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Last week, Bethpage Black Golf Course hosted the 109th U.S. Open [Golf] Championship.  The Black Course is one of five golf courses at Bethpage State Park.  The other ones are Yellow, Red, Blue, and Green.  Depending on where you are on the Black Course, you are in Old Bethpage, Melville, or Farmingdale, New York.  The course also hosted the 102nd U.S. Open in 2002 won by Tiger Woods.

Heavy rains delayed the tournament on Thursday and Saturday.  That pushed each round up a day.  The first round was mostly played on Friday, the second round was played on Friday and Saturday, the third round was played on Saturday and Sunday, and the final round on Sunday and Monday.  Needless to say, the suspension-of-play airhorns (or whatever they’re called) got quite a workout.  Those rains, coupled with thousands (at least) of feet walking on the grounds created widespread mud puddles.

I was there three days during the week of the Open: Sunday, June 14, for the free pre-championship opening weekend; Tuesday, June 16, for the second Practice Round; and Sunday, June 21, for much of the third round and the start of the final round.  (In 2002, I was there on June 9 and 15.)

In the days and weeks ahead, I will gradually add pictures taken on the 14th and 16th to this post.

Here are pics from June 14:

This was a special exit on the Seaford-Oyster Bay Expwy. (NY 135) northbound for U.S. Open shuttle buses coming from Jones Beach.

Heading for parking lot C:

Entering Lot C:

Getting on the spectator shuttle to the Black Course:

This is normally the parking lot for the golf courses, but during the Open, it was a pick-up/drop-off lot:

Entering the course…

Testing the jumbotron:

Fans watching players on the practice range:

The merchandise pavilion:

As people exited the pavilion, they were greeted by posters for future U.S. Open Championships:

The site for the 2016 Open was later revealed to be Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Pennsylvania:

One of many concession stands:

The back of the practice range grandstands:

Walking up to the grandstands:

A tee shot in mid-flight:

Another one:

Both pictures were cropped versions of larger ones.

The main gate for shuttles to and from Jones Beach:

Let’s look inside the American Express Championship Experience tent…

The history of the U.S. Open:

An Open timeline:

Back outside, this is the gate for shuttles to and from LIRR Farmingdale Station:


Pictures from my practice round trip on June 16 still to come.

After 72 holes had been completed, Lucas Glover had won.  It was his first major championship, and only his second win on the PGA Tour.

8/18/12 UPDATE: In a major case of procrastination, I never got around to posting pictures from my practice round trip.  With The Barclays coming to Bethpage Black next week, it’s time for me to finally post those pics.  Since there are so many, I’m posting them in gallery form.  Unfortunately, I don’t know how to limit what pictures to include in the gallery.  So, scroll down until you see MC61609003 – a picture of buses.

8/2/16 UPDATE: I figured out how to limit the pictures. Forget what I said in the previous update. All pictures in the gallery below are now from the practice round.

Dharma All Stars recap 3 June 10, 2009

Posted by Mike C. in Jazz, Personal.
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Last Thursday, I was at Mirelle’s restaurant in Westbury, New York, to see drummer John Favicchia’s Dharma All Stars perform.

On this night, the band was made up of Jack Knight on bass…

Bill Heller on keyboard…

Bill Harris on tenor saxophone…

Carl Fischer on trumpet…

…and John Fav, as he’s otherwise known, on drums:

The band played two sets, but I could only stay for the first.  Here’s the set list for that set:
1. Horizons
2. Coincidence
3. Sing a Song of Song (Kenny Garrett cover)
4. Snakes (David Sanborn cover)
5. Sister Cheryl
6. Kukuc

Here are more pictures from the set:




New blog header June 2, 2009

Posted by Mike C. in Uncategorized.
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It’s time for a new blog header.  So, here goes: