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SJFS 2013 Night 2 recap April 29, 2013

Posted by Mike C. in Internet, Jazz, Media, Music, Personal, Photography, Travel.
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Other SJFS recaps: 2008, 2008 meet-and-greet, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 Night 1, 2014 Night 1, 2014 Night 2, 2015 Night 1, 2016 Night 1, 2016 Night 2, 2017 Night 1, 2017 Night 22018 Night 1, 2018 Night 2

Updated on 8/20/13 with two videos.

If at first you succeed, try to duplicate the success the following night.  That was the task for the second night of Jay Rowe‘s eleventh annual Smooth Jazz for Scholars concert.

Kevin McCabe was the first to speak to the audience just before 8PM:
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As you can see behind Kevin, before Jay and the house band came out, the show began with a performance by the Foran High School Jazz Band, under the direction of Jessica Shearer.  Their song featured a solo by Jay.  Pictures of what was visible can be seen later in this post.

The house band was made up of Jay on keyboards:
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Jerry Brooks on bass:
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Trever Somerville on drums:
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Steve Scales on percussion:
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The show took place on Steve’s birthday.

…and for eight of the songs, Rohn Lawrence on guitar:
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SET LIST
1.
Martinis and Bikinis (Jay Rowe)
Originally heard on: “Live at Daniel Street,” 2011
Featured musicians: Jay Rowe (keyboards), Rohn Lawrence (electric guitar)

2. Side Tracked (Jeff Golub)
Originally heard on: “The Three Kings,” 2011
Featured musicians: Jeff Golub (electric guitar), Rohn Lawrence (electric guitar)
Unfortunately, Jeff went blind a few years ago.  But he hasn’t let that stop him from performing.  He still sounds great.  His courage and perseverance are admirable.

3. Freddie’s Midnight Dream (Jeff Golub)
Originally heard on: “The Three Kings,” 2011
Featured musicians: Jeff Golub (electric guitar), Rohn Lawrence (electric guitar)

4. Can’t Stop Now (Vincent Ingala)
Originally heard on: “Can’t Stop Now,” 2012
Featured musicians: Vincent Ingala (tenor sax), Rohn Lawrence (electric guitar)

5. Wild Thing (Marion Meadows)
Originally heard on: “Whisper,” 2013
Featured musicians: Marion Meadows (soprano sax), Vincent Ingala (tenor sax), Chieli Minucci (electric guitar), Rohn Lawrence (electric guitar)

6. Black Pearl (Marion Meadows)
Originally heard on: “Whisper,” 2013
Featured musicians: Marion Meadows (soprano sax), Chieli Minucci (acoustic guitar)

7. Dreams (Chieli Minucci)
Originally heard on: “It’s Gonna Be Good,” 1998
Featured musicians: Chieli Minucci (electric guitar), Vincent Ingala (soprano sax)

8. Crazy Eights (Chieli Minucci & Special EFX)
Originally heard on: “Genesis,” 2013 (to be released on May 21)
Featured musicians: Chieli Minucci (electric guitar), Vincent Ingala (tenor sax)

9. If I Could Fly (Vincent Ingala)
Originally heard on: “Can’t Stop Now,” 2012
Featured musicians: Vincent Ingala (tenor sax), Rohn Lawrence (electric guitar)

10. It Is What It Is (Vincent Ingala)
Originally heard on: “North End Soul,” 2010
Featured musicians: Vincent Ingala (tenor sax), Rohn Lawrence (electric guitar)

11. In Memory of Elizabeth Reed (The Allman Brothers Band cover)
Featured musicians: Chieli Minucci (electric guitar), Jeff Golub (electric guitar)

12. Suede (Marion Meadows)
Originally heard on: “Player’s Club,” 2004
Featured musician: Marion Meadows (soprano sax)

13. Katy’s Groove (Jay Rowe)
Featured musicians: Foran High School Advanced Vocal Ensemble, under the direction of Theresa Voss

14 (Finale). Cold Duck Time (Jeff Golub; Eddie Harris cover)
Originally heard on: “Do It Again,” 2002
Featured musicians: Everyone

Various shots of Jay Rowe:
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Jerry Brooks:
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Trever Somerville:
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Steve Scales:
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Rohn Lawrence:
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Vincent Ingala:
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Jeff Golub:
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Chieli Minucci:
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Marion Meadows:
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Just like in 2011, Marion began “Suede” by playing his way through the audience:
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Vincent and Rohn:
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Chieli and Vincent:
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Marion and Chieli:
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Marion, Vincent, and Chieli:
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Chieli and Jeff:
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Foran High School Jazz Band:
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Foran High School Advanced Vocal Ensemble:
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The Finale – “Cold Duck Time”:
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The second night of Smooth Jazz for Scholars was now complete.

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Jay: “We’ll see you all next year!”
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I hope you enjoyed this pictorial journey through both nights of Smooth Jazz for Scholars.  Until next year, so long.

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SJFS 2013 Night 1 recap April 29, 2013

Posted by Mike C. in Internet, Jazz, Media, Music, Personal, Photography, Travel.
21 comments

Other SJFS recaps: 2008, 2008 meet-and-greet, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 Night 2, 2014 Night 1, 2014 Night 2, 2015 Night 1, 2016 Night 1, 2016 Night 2, 2017 Night 1, 2017 Night 22018 Night 1, 2018 Night 2

Updated on 8/20/13 with two videos.

This weekend, I made my annual pilgrimage to Milford, Connecticut, for Jay Rowe‘s eleventh annual Smooth Jazz for Scholars concert.  For the first time in SJFS history, there were two nights of music to enjoy.  This is a recap of Night 1.

Kevin McCabe had some opening remarks:
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…and so did Jay Rowe:
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Jay played his keyboards:
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His house band was rounded by Jerry Brooks on bass:
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Trever Somerville on drums:
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…and Steve Scales on percussion:
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The structure of this recap is different from previous SJFS recaps.  Instead of combining the set list with pictures from the corresponding songs, I’ll list the set list first.  Here it is:

SET LIST
1.
Martinis and Bikinis (Jay Rowe)
Originally heard on: “Live at Daniel Street,” 2011
Featured musicians: Jay Rowe (keyboards), Marc Antoine (acoustic guitar)

2. Sunland (Marc Antoine)
Originally heard on: “Madrid,” 1998
Featured musician: Marc Antoine (acoustic guitar)

3. Mas Que Nada (Marc Antoine; Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66 cover)
Originally heard on: “Cruisin’,” 2001
Featured musicians: Marc Antoine (acoustic guitar), Nelson Rangell (alto sax)

4. Spain (Return to Forever [Chick Corea] cover)
Featured musicians: Nelson Rangell (flute), Marc Antoine (acoustic guitar)

5. Turning Night Into Day (Nelson Rangell)
Originally heard on: “Turning Night Into Day,” 1997
Featured musician: Nelson Rangell (alto sax)

6. Did You Know? (Nick Colionne)
Originally heard on: “Just Come On In,” 2003
Featured musicians: Nick Colionne (electric guitar), Vincent Ingala (electric guitar)
You read right.  Vincent isn’t limited to one instrument.  And if you’ve read the liner notes for some of Nick’s albums, neither is he.

7. Rainy Night in Georgia (Nick Colionne; Brook Benton cover)
Originally heard on: “It’s My Turn,” 1994; “Keepin’ It Cool,” 2006
Featured musicians: Nick Colionne (vocals/electric guitar), Nelson Rangell (alto sax)

8. Pusherman (Alex Bugnon; Curtis Mayfield cover)
Originally heard on: Upcoming album
Featured musicians: Alex Bugnon (keyboard), Jay Rowe (keyboards), Nick Colionne (electric guitar), Vincent Ingala (electric guitar)

9. A House is Not a Home (Alex Bugnon; notably covered by Luther Vandross)
Originally heard on: Upcoming album
Featured musicians: Alex Bugnon (keyboard), Vincent Ingala (electric guitar)

10. Poinciana (notably covered by Ahmad Jamal)/107 Degrees in the Shade (Alex Bugnon)
“107 Degrees…” originally heard on: “107 Degrees in the Shade,” 1991
Musicians: Alex Bugnon (keyboard), Jay Rowe (keyboards)

11. The Connection (Nick Colionne)
Originally heard on: “Feel the Heat,” 2011
Featured musicians: Nick Colionne (electric guitar), Vincent Ingala (electric guitar)

12. How Insensitive (Insensatez) (Antonio Carlos Jobim cover)
Featured musicians: Nelson Rangell (whistling/piccolo), Marc Antoine (acoustic guitar)

13. Harlem On My Mind (Alex Bugnon)
Originally heard on: “Tales from the Bright Side,” 1995
Featured musicians: Alex Bugnon (keyboard), Nelson Rangell (flute), Vincent Ingala

14. On the Strip (Marc Antoine)
Originally heard on: “Cruisin’,” 2001
Featured musician: Marc Antoine (acoustic guitar)

15 (Finale). Cantaloupe Island (Herbie Hancock cover)/(James Brown-style jam)
Featured musicians: Everyone
In the finale, some musicians switched to different instruments.  Vincent went from electric guitar to tenor sax; Marc Antoine tried out Vincent’s guitar, Steve’s drums, and one of Jay’s synthesizers.

With the set list out of the way, let’s get to the pictures.

We begin with various shots of Jay Rowe:
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Trever Somerville:
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Steve Scales:
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Nelson Rangell helped out during Marc Antoine’s “How Insensitive” solo.  Seconds before I took this, he struck the chimes:
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Marc Antoine:
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Nelson Rangell:
Alto sax:
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Flute:
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Piccolo:
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Whistling:
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Whistling like that deserved a bow:
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Vincent Ingala on electric guitar:
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Nick Colionne:
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Hearing from the audience:
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“Rainy Night in Georgia”:
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Alex Bugnon:
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Nelson and Marc’s “Mas Que Nada” call and response:
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Jay and Alex’s dual medley:
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Nick and Vincent’s “The Connection” duet:
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The finale:
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“Can I count it off?!  (slow staccato): Can I count it off?!”
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Nick in the audience:
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Back on stage:
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With that, the first night of the eleventh annual Smooth Jazz for Scholars was complete.

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The fun resumed the following night.  Click here to see.

2013 WCWP Hall of Fame Ceremony April 20, 2013

Posted by Mike C. in Interviews, Media, Music, News, Personal, Photography, Radio, Sports, TV, Video.
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Previous Hall of Fame ceremony recap: 2012
Later recaps: 2014
, 2015, 2017, 2018

2/15/18 UPDATE: This post now includes video of the ceremony. Scroll to the bottom to watch it.

The second annual WCWP Hall of Fame Ceremony featured the inductions of Maura “Bernie” Bernard, Steve Radoff, Harry Lowenthal, and Bill Mozer.  Like the inaugural ceremony last year, this year’s ceremony was held at the Tilles Center Atrium.  Unlike last year, the sun was shining brightly outside.

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The Hall of Fame plaques:
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Scott Perschke captured a conversation between Bill Mozer, Harry Lowenthal, and Harry’s son James:
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Hank Neimark (who inducted Steve Radoff and Harry Lowenthal) and Pete Bellotti:
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Pete and Bill Mozer:
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Pete and Steve Radoff:
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Pete and Bernie Bernard:
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Pete and Harry Lowenthal:
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The ceremony began with WCWP station manager Dan Cox introducing an opening video:
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Jay Mirabile was the Master of the Ceremony:
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Bill Mozer’s induction of Bernie Bernard came in the form of an interview:
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A captive audience:
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Next, Tracy Burgess conducted an interview with Bruce Leonard…
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…and handed the mic to Jeff Kroll who read a statement from Joel Feltman:
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Hank Neimark inducted Steve Radoff:
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Steve’s speech:
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Next, Hank inducted Harry Lowenthal:
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Harry’s speech:
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Dan Cox returned to induct Bill Mozer…
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…but he wasn’t the only one.

Ted David pre-recorded an induction speech from Florida:
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Then came a slideshow set to “You’ve Got a Friend” by James Taylor:
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It was finally time to bring Bill to the podium:
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It was an emotional speech.

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There was one more special video message for Bill…
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…from Fred Gaudelli:
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There was still one more announcement to make…
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…and that was made by Pete Bellotti:
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The unveiling of the Hall of Fame plaque with the induction years and inductees listed on it:
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“Let’s hear it for the 2013 WCWP Hall of Fame Class!”

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Later at WCWP, Dan gave a tour of the newly renovated Studio 1:
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It was quite a day!  Congratulations to Bernie, Steve, Harry, and Bill: the WCWP Hall of Fame Class of 2013.

2/15/18 UPDATE: In addition to taking pictures, I also shot video for a DVD that I gave to Dan Cox and anyone else that wanted it. I reworked the video for YouTube and posted it tonight. Enjoy.

Five years! April 15, 2013

Posted by Mike C. in Internet, Personal, Technology.
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Five years ago today, I took one giant leap into the blogosphere and launched The Mike Chimeri Blog.  The blog was created as a replacement for the original MikeChimeri.com’s “News from Mike” page where I wrote about the latest events in my life.  The problem with that was I would erase previous entries, which were in an occasionally updated text box on that webpage.  (That site was created with WYSIWYG software.)  Luckily, I cut and paste most of those entries to a Word document.

I kept the original MikeChimeri.com up for four years until I finally made the logical decision to recreate pages at the blog and transfer the MikeChimeri.com domain to it.  And so it was on May 14, 2012, 11 months ago yesterday, that The Mike Chimeri Blog became MikeChimeri.com!

Busy Saturdays (and one Friday) ahead April 13, 2013

Posted by Mike C. in Jazz, Media, Music, Personal, Photography, Radio, Technology, Travel, Video.
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I have a busy pair of Saturdays (and one Friday) beginning next week.

Next Saturday, I’ll be at the second annual WCWP Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.  As I noted in mid-October, this year’s inductees are Steve Radoff, Harry Lowenthal, Bill Mozer, and Maura “Bernie” Bernard.  Like last year, the ceremony will take place at the Tilles Center Atrium.  But unlike last year, it will take place in the afternoon rather than the evening.

The following Friday and Saturday, I’ll be up in Milford, Connecticut, for both nights of keyboardist Jay Rowe’s annual Smooth Jazz for Scholars benefit concert.  In the Friday show, for the first time since 2008, Jay won’t be the only keyboardist performing.  Alex Bugnon is one of the guests scheduled to perform, along with saxophonist Nelson Rangell, and guitarists Marc Antoine and Nick Colionne.  Saturday’s lineup consists of guitarists Jeff Golub and Chieli Minucci, and saxophonists Marion Meadows and Vincent Ingala.  This will be the first time I’ve seen Jeff since he unfortunately lost his sight.

At both events, I’ll have the same video and audio equipment as last year, but I’ll be using a new digital camera.  After getting the Nikon D3100 last May, I lucked into swapping it for a new D5100 earlier this week.

You know the drill: After each event, I’ll post a photo recap here at MikeChimeri.com.  Crafting posts will be easier now that WordPress lets you post all the pictures at once.

Until then, so long.