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SJFS 2014 Night 2 recap April 24, 2014

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, 20122013 Night 1, 2013 Night 2, 2014 Night 1, 2015 Night 1, 2016 Night 1, 2016 Night 2, 2017 Night 1, 2017 Night 22018 Night 1, 2018 Night 22019 Night 1, 2019 Night 2

Jay Rowe‘s twelfth annual Smooth Jazz for Scholars benefit concert resumed on Saturday night with a packed house.  They were in for a wild night.

Kevin McCabe welcomed the house, or audience, at approximately 8PM:

The first song of the night was by select members of the West Shore Middle School Band.  Twelve hours earlier on Facebook, the band’s teacher, Bob Nunno, let me know that some of his students would be opening the show.  I told him that was great and I looked forward to seeing them.  Pictures from their song can be found in the set list below.

The band for the rest of the night consisted of Jay Rowe on keyboards:

Dave Anderson on bass:

Trever Somerville on drums:
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…and Steve Scales on percussion:

SET LIST
1.
Clocks (Coldplay cover)
Musicians: Select members of the West Shore Middle School Band, under the direction of Mr. Bob Nunno (who also played keyboard)

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Applause:
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Like the previous night, Kevin returned to the stage to introduce Jay and his band.  Jay welcomed the audience…:

…then played the first song of the main show, the second song overall:

2. Pleasure Island (Jay Rowe)
Originally heard on: “Laugh Out Loud,” 2001
Featured musician: Jay Rowe (keyboards)

3. George Can’t Dance (Chieli Minucci)
Originally heard on: “Catwalk,” 1994 (Special EFX album)
Featured musicians: Chieli Minucci (electric guitar), Nelson Rangell (alto sax)

4. Till the End of Time (Chieli Minucci)
Originally heard on: “Genesis,” 2013 (Chieli Minucci & Special EFX album)
Featured musicians: Chieli Minucci (electric guitar), Nelson Rangell (alto sax)

5. Point of Departure (Nelson Rangell)
Originally heard on: “Red” and “Blue” (upcoming albums) (1/30/15 UPDATE: “Red” and “Blue” are available for download this Sunday, February 1.)
Featured musician: Nelson Rangell (alto sax)

6. Speak Softly Love (Love Theme from The Godfather)*/Slammin’ (Nick Colionne)
Originally heard on: “Influences,” 2014
Featured musician: Nick Colionne (electric guitar)
*-Jay’s intro tune for Nick

7. Melting Into You (Nick Colionne)
Originally heard on: “No Limits,” 2008
Featured musicians: Nick Colionne (vocals/electric guitar), Marion Meadows (soprano sax) (walked on mid-song)

8. The Lift (Marion Meadows)
Originally heard on: “Body Rhythm,” 1995
Featured musician: Marion Meadows (soprano sax)
Marion and Jay co-wrote this song, the last track on “Body Rhythm,” which featured both them and Dave Anderson.

9. My Cherie Amour (Marion Meadows; Stevie Wonder cover)
Originally heard on: “Body Rhythm,” 1995
Featured musicians: Timmy Maia (vocals), Marion Meadows (soprano sax), Chieli Minucci (electric guitar)

10. Blue Lagoon (Chieli Minucci)
Originally heard on: “Genesis,” 2013 (Chieli Minucci & Special EFX album)
Featured musician: Chieli Minucci (electric guitar)

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

12. Children’s Games (Nelson Rangell; Antonio Carlos Jobim cover)
Originally heard on: “Red” and “Blue” (upcoming albums) (1/30/15 UPDATE: “Red” and “Blue” are available for download this Sunday, February 1.)
Featured musicians: Nelson Rangell (whistling/piccolo/vocals/claps), Musician (acoustic guitar)
When I spoke to Jay in February, I wondered what Nelson’s whistle song would be this year.  This was a pleasant surprise, and the second year in a row where Nelson covered a Jobim tune.

13. Rainbow Seeker (Nelson Rangell; Joe Sample cover)
Originally heard on: “Far Away Day,” 2000
Featured musician: Nelson Rangell (flute)

14 (Finale). James Brown Tribute
Featured musicians: Everyone, led by Nick Colionne (vocals)

Now for various pictures of each musician, beginning with Jay Rowe:

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Dave Anderson:
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Trever Somerville:
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Steve Scales:
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Chieli Minucci:
Electric guitar:

Acoustic guitar on “Children’s Games”:

Nelson Rangell:
Alto sax:

Flute:

Piccolo:

Percussion via Steve’s chimes:
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Vocals and claps:

Whistling:

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“Nelson Rangell, ladies and gentlemen!”:
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Nick Colionne:
Guitar:

Vocals:

Marion Meadows:

Timmy Maia:

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Caitlin Kalafus:
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This was Caitlin’s first appearance at SJFS in six years.

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To be blunt, she rocked!

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The audience agreed.

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On to wide shots.  First up, “George Can’t Dance”:
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“Till the End of Time”:
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During “Melting Into You”…:
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…and after:
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“The Lift”:

During “My Cherie Amour”…:
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…and after:
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“In Memory of Elizabeth Reed”:
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“Children’s Games”:
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Steve and Trever’s “Rainbow Seeker” duet:
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The wild finale (isn’t it always?): Nick’s tribute to James Brown:

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“Yeah!”:
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“Ha-haaaa!”:
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Nick: “Here we go!  Can I count it off?!”  Nelson: “Count it off!”
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“1, 2, 3, ‘ey!”

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Time to go into the audience:
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(singing): “What about you?!”: (4/27 UPDATE: Or as it’s spelled on “Influences,” “Whatta ‘Bout You?”)
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What about Jay’s mother-in-law?:

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Meanwhile, back on stage:
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Caitlin briefly returned to drums…:
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…and Timmy took over percussion:
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No tribute to James Brown would be complete without the cape routine:

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Jay wrapped it up:
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“See you all next year!”

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Bob Nunno was sitting near where I set up.  So, we spoke for a few minutes after the show.  Then, I had my girlfriend take our picture:
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Putting together these recaps is a labor of love.  From capturing to editing to uploading to writing, it’s a long and trying process.  When I left the Parsons Complex on Saturday night, I contemplated not going again.  But that would be crazy.  I love Smooth Jazz for Scholars.  For two days out of the year, Milford is my home.  I am grateful to Jay and everyone involved each year for putting on what I consider the Super Bowl of contemporary jazz.

I’ll be back, and I hope you, the reader (if you’re into this genre), make plans to come, too.  Thank you for reading, and to quote Jay, see you all next year!

SJFS 2014 Night 1 recap April 23, 2014

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, 20122013 Night 1, 2013 Night 2, 2014 Night 2, 2015 Night 1, 2016 Night 1, 2016 Night 2, 2017 Night 1, 2017 Night 22018 Night 1, 2018 Night 22019 Night 1, 2019 Night 2

For eight years, I’ve traveled to Milford, Connecticut, for Jay Rowe‘s Smooth Jazz for Scholars benefit concert.  This is the first year that has taken place on Easter weekend.  My original plan was to only come to this first night – Friday, April 18.  But when I spoke to Jay between sets at Jeff Kashiwa’s Houndstooth Pub show in February, he convinced me to come to both nights.  I’m glad I did.  I’ll recap the second night in a separate post, but let’s focus on the first night.

The night began just after 8PM with an introduction from Kevin McCabe:

The first song of the night was by select members of the Foran High School Jazz Ensemble.  Pictures from that song can be found in the set list below.

As for the main band, you had SJFS founder Jay Rowe on keyboards:

Dave Anderson on bass:

Trever Somerville on drums:
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Steve Scales on percussion:
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…and for nine songs, Rohn Lawrence on guitar:

SET LIST
1.
Pick Up the Pieces (Average White Band cover)
Featured musicians: Foran “Average High School Ensemble,” as they called themselves
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Applause:
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After the ensemble performed, Kevin McCabe returned to the stage to resume his introduction, then he tossed to Jay Rowe:

2. Rosemary’s Tune (Jay Rowe)
Originally heard on: “Live at Daniel Street,” 2011
Featured musicians: Jay Rowe (keyboards), Rohn Lawrence (guitar)

3. Just a Natural Thang (Steve Cole)
Originally heard on: “True,” 2006
Featured musicians: Steve Cole (tenor sax), Rohn Lawrence (guitar)

4. Going in Circles (Steve Cole; The Friends of Distinction cover)
Originally heard on: “Pulse,” 2013
Featured musicians: Steve Cole (tenor sax), Rohn Lawrence (guitar)

5. The Music Inside (Chuck Loeb)
Originally heard on: “The Music Inside,” 1996
Featured musicians: Chuck Loeb (guitar)

6. Hacienda (Jeff Lorber)
Originally heard on: “Hacienda,” 2013 (Jeff Lorber Fusion album)
Featured musicians: Jeff Lorber (keyboard), Steve Cole (tenor sax), Chuck Loeb (guitar)

7. Tune 88 (Jeff Lorber)
Originally heard on: “Water Sign,” 1979 (Jeff Lorber Fusion album)
Featured musicians: Jeff Lorber (keyboard), Chuck Loeb (guitar), Rohn Lawrence (guitar), Kim Waters (alto sax)

8. Waterfall (Kim Waters)
Originally heard on: “Someone to Love You,” 2002
Featured musicians: Kim Waters (alto sax), Rohn Lawrence (guitar)

9. In the House (Kim Waters)
Originally heard on: “From the Heart,” 2001
Featured musicians: Kim Waters (alto sax), Chuck Loeb (guitar), Rohn Lawrence (guitar)

10. With You All the Way/All ‘n All (Steve Cole)
Originally heard on: “Pulse,” 2013
Featured musicians: Steve Cole (tenor sax), Rohn Lawrence (guitar)

11. Silver Lining (Chuck Loeb)
Originally heard on: “Silhouette,” 2013
Featured musicians: Chuck Loeb (guitar), Jeff Lorber (keyboard)

12. Silhouette (Chuck Loeb)
Originally heard on: “Silhouette,” 2013
Featured musicians: Chuck Loeb (guitar), Jeff Lorber (keyboard)

13. Red Wine and You (Kim Waters)
Originally heard on: “My Loves,” 2013
Featured musicians: Kim Waters (alto sax), Rohn Lawrence (guitar)

14. Confirmation (Charlie Parker cover)
Keyboard duet: Jay Rowe, Jeff Lorber

15 (Finale). Toad’s Place (Jeff Lorber)
Originally heard on: “Water Sign,” 1979 (Jeff Lorber Fusion album)
Featured musicians: Everyone

Let’s move on to various pictures of each musician.

We start with Jay Rowe:

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A call and response with Chuck Loeb on “The Music Inside”:
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Dave Anderson:

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Trever Somerville:

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Steve Scales:

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Prompting the audience to clap during “Waterfall”:

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Rohn Lawrence:

I love when he creeps up the fingerboard.

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I love this, too:
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Steve Cole:

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Chuck Loeb:

Chuck worked scat into his “In the House” solo:
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Kim Waters:
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Kim briefly switched to keyboard – Jeff Lorber’s keyboard – during his “In the House” solo:
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Jeff Lorber:
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On to wide shots, beginning with “Rosemary’s Tune”:
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“Going in Circles”:
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“Hacienda”:
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“Tune 88”:
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“In the House”:
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“Confirmation,” a duet by Jay and Jeff:
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The finale – “Toad’s Place”:
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The first night of Smooth Jazz for Scholars was in the books.  Jay gave it up one more time for all performers.

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Afterward, I had brief conversations with Steve Cole, Chuck Loeb, Kim Waters, and Jeff Lorber.  I also got pictures with three of them, starting with Jeff:
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Then Kim:

And Chuck:
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There were more musical thrills on the second night.  Click here to see.

2014 WCWP Hall of Fame Ceremony April 12, 2014

Posted by Mike C. in DVD, Interviews, Media, Music, News, Personal, Photography, Radio, Sports, Technology, TV, Video.
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Last Saturday, the WCWP Hall of Fame welcomed four new inductees in a ceremony in the Goldsmith Atrium at Tilles Center for the Performing Arts.  This year’s inductees were Rita Sands, Frank D’Elia, Ted David, and the late Bill Epperhart.

You can see videos of the ceremony at the end, but first, the pictures:

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Pete Bellotti welcomed the audience shortly after 1PM:

Images from the intro video, voiced by Jim Cutler:
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The ceremony was hosted by Jeff Kroll:

Bill Mozer assumed the co-host position:
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Rita Sands could not make it to the ceremony, and instead pre-recorded an interview with Bernie Bernard:
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Bernie:

Bernie and Jeff posed with Rita’s plaque:

The second inductee of the day was Frank D’Elia:

The view from my camcorder:
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Frank receives his plaque:
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Like Rita, Ted David was unable to attend the ceremony.  But he did record an acceptance speech:
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Dan Cox, WCWP station manager, spoke next:
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Dan brought up ceremony audio engineer Zach Parker to share the news of a generous donation to WCWP by Zach’s father:
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Then, reflections of Bill Epperhart began.  Dan shared his memories first, then Frank, Bill Mozer, and Jeff joined in.

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Dan Epperhart, Bill’s son, accepted his father’s plaque:
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And gave an eloquent, emotional speech:
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Then, Jeff Kroll and Bill Mozer tossed to other alumni in the audience to share their memories:
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Phil Lebowitz was first:

Then, Mike Phillips:

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Neil Marks:
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Bruce Leonard:

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Roberta Epperhart O’Neil, widow of Bill’s brother Mike:

Pete Vogel, Bill’s cousin:

The last stroll down memory was provided by Jay Elzweig:
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Jeff wrapped it up:

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The only thing left to do was pose for pictures:
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Ceremony Part 1:

Ceremony Part 2:

As you can see, this year’s WCWP Hall of Fame Ceremony ended up running for a little over two hours.  Memories were shared and praise was heaped.  It was a day I won’t soon forget.  Congratulations to Rita Sands, Frank D’Elia, Ted David, and Bill Epperhart.

One year with iPhone April 11, 2014

Posted by Mike C. in Audio, Health, Internet, Media, News, Personal, Phone, Photography, Radio, Sports, Technology, Travel, TV.
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A year ago yesterday, I boarded the iPhone bandwagon by switching from an LG enV3, which I had for 3 1/2 years, to an iPhone 5.  When I’m not texting or making a phone call, it’s a great alternative for internet access.  My workouts with the Nike Running app have gone further than I was going in my first iPhone post last July.  I’ve gone as far as 5.35 miles in one workout and broke 100 miles for the month of March.

When I need to comparison shop, I use shopping apps.  When I want to listen to the radio, I have the TuneIn app.  I’ve downloaded apps for several networks, network affiliates, and cable channels.

But I still wish the internal hard drive was bigger; maybe with the next iPhone.