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Instrumental Invasion, 2/23/22 February 24, 2022

Posted by Mike C. in Airchecks, Audio, History, Internet, Jazz, Media, Music, New Year, Personal, Radio.
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The February 23 Instrumental Invasion on WCWP was the first to be produced and recorded in 2022. One segment was recorded on January 3, two on the 4th, and three on the 5th.

The playlist was created on January 2 with annotations and the script draft on the 3rd.

The passing of Nick Colionne on New Year’s Day led me to add a tag to his liner noting the date it was recorded. It doesn’t feel right to run liners posthumously without a tag.

Someday, I’d like to visit the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal via the National Historical Park, immortalized in Ken Navarro‘s “Skating on the C&O Canal.”

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Shortly after hour 2 began, my internet stopped the stream from playing, which means everything after “in 1999, the year” was taken from my segment files with a multiband compressor filter applied.


Smooth Jazz for Scholars 2022 dates/lineup February 22, 2022

Posted by Mike C. in Jazz, Music, Personal, Video.
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Keyboardist Jay Rowe shared wonderful news on Monday night: Smooth Jazz for Scholars is back!

Two of the three featured musicians on Friday, April 29 – Peter White and Nelson Rangell – would have been featured on the Friday in 2020. Jeff Kashiwa was originally slated for 2020’s Saturday show. Nelson grew his hair out during the pandemic, but it’s back to the length you saw in the billboard. Marcus Anderson will be making his Smooth Jazz for Scholars debut.

Brian Simpson and Marion Meadows were present in 2019. Who would have thought that would be the last SJFS for Nick Colionne and Rohn Lawrence? Nick passed away last month, on New Year’s Day, and Rohn died two days earlier, on December 30. Here is Rohn’s guitar solo on the first night in 2019 during Marion’s cover of “No Rhyme, No Reason”:

I was also reminded I took a photo of Nick and Rohn together during the last song of 2016’s second night:

Rest in power.

Repeating the information about this year’s Smooth Jazz for Scholars:

Friday, April 29
Peter White
Nelson Rangell
Marion Meadows

Saturday, April 30
Brian Simpson
Jeff Kashiwa
Marcus Anderson

Jay Rowe will be featured on both nights.

Veterans Memorial Auditorium in the Parsons Government Center
70 W. River St.
Milford, CT 06460

Tickets: $45 for one night, $75 for both nights
Please specify which night for single night purchases.
2020 tickets will be honored.

Proof of vaccination is required and masks must be worn.

Funds can be sent to Jay electronically:
PayPal: funhouse63@aol.com
Venmo: John-Rowe-43
Cash App: $Jayrowe

Or by check:
Jay Rowe
78 Hillside Ave.
Milford, CT 06460

As usual, I’ll end this post with recaps of the first and second nights in 2019, the 17th annual Smooth Jazz for Scholars. The 18th will definitely be worth the wait. See you there!

4/30 UPDATE: Brian Simpson had to back out of the second night. He was replaced with Alex Bugnon.

Instrumental Invasion, 2/16/22 February 17, 2022

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The February 16 Instrumental Invasion on WCWP was the last show recorded in 2021. One hour per day was recorded on December 28 and 29.

The playlist was created on December 26 with annotations and the script draft on the 27th.

Return to Forever appeared in the first segment for the second week in a row and it was also the second week in a row with a Rippingtons song featuring saxophonist Kirk Whalum. The show was chock full of past and present members of the Rippingtons.

I mentioned that Nelson Rangell recorded “The Island” under its translated original title (“To Begin Again”), but I didn’t mention that he also whistled “How Insensitivelive at Smooth Jazz for Scholars in 2013. In that case, he did not disclose its original Portuguese title, “Insensatez.” Depending on your source, that translates to “foolishness” or “foolish one.” Marilyn Bergman, co-writer of “The Island” with her husband Alan, died on January 8, just over a week after I recorded this show.

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Instrumental Invasion, 2/9/22 February 10, 2022

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The February 9 Instrumental Invasion on WCWP was recorded one hour per day on December 20 and 21, 2021. Pickups were also recorded on the 21st and on January 2nd after learning of guitarist Nick Colionne’s passing on New Year’s Day.

The playlist was created on December 19 with annotations and the script draft on the 20th, followed immediately by recording.

The Closer We Get” by Dave Koz and “Heart to Heart” by Norman Brown made their second appearance as they were singles in mid-December. “The Closer We Get” was first played on January 6, 2021, and “Heart to Heart” on September 30, 2020.

Four of the first five songs were originally considered for last week’s show, but dropped when the duration standard was reduced from 18:30 to 18:00. Those songs were:

The “fun fact” I shared in the January 26 post made it to air this week while back-selling “Captain Marvel.” This was the first show where I didn’t refer to bassist James Cammack as Jim, while back-selling “Pittsburgh,” and the show where I finally learned guitarist Ramon Stagnaro had been misidentified as Stagnero in album credits, leading me in previous shows to use an Italian pronunciation (“stahn-yair-o”). 3/7 UPDATE: It turns out I got the Italian pronunciation right; it was pronounced “stun-yahr-o.” I say “was” because, sadly, Ramon died February 16, a week after this show aired.

After this show, the only song I haven’t played from Jay Rowe‘s Groove Reflections album is the last track, “Almost Kool.”

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Instrumental Invasion, 2/2/22 February 3, 2022

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The special 2/2/22 edition of Instrumental Invasion on WCWP was recorded from December 13 to 15, 2021: one segment on the 13th, two on the 14th, and the second hour on the 15th.

The playlist was created on December 10 so I could devote the weekend to Festival of Games and the subsequent blog post. I had to tweak the playlist on the 13th after it was suggested that I make segments exactly 18 minutes long. That brings me full circle as it was the original segment standard for the first seven months of the show. The six shows leading up to this one had some segments shortened to as close to 18 minutes as possible.

After the tweak, I annotated the playlist and drafted the talk break script. Every segment but the last had to be padded out with extra liners, script additions, and ad-libs. A dozen songs ended with fadeouts and “Theme from M*A*S*H” by Ahmad Jamal (from Digital Works) was one minute short. I should have picked a 7:30+ song, not 6:30+. Incidentally, while back-selling the song, I dedicated it to M*A*S*H writer/producer Ken Levine (“laVYNE”), then plugged his blog, By Ken Levine, and podcast, Hollywood and Levine.

Thanks to Jeff Kroll for reminding me that the day was 2/2/22. I tend to have blinders on, so to speak, and miss anomalies like that. It allowed me to search my catalog for songs with the same title by different artists. I’m proud of the six I chose. Lisa Hilton‘s “Getaway” and Fourplay‘s “Lucky” were both played for the second time; respectively heard the first time on February 10, 2021, and November 18, 2020.

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January 28-29 snowstorm February 1, 2022

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It took three weeks for the next major snow event to affect Long Island, and it was major. As in February 2013, Wantagh was west of the worst snow (and blizzard conditions), but this time, I measured 17 inches in the driveway. It’s possible I measured a drift, rendering my reading inaccurate, but I don’t think so. Still, the official total for “1 WNW Wantagh” – according to the National Weather Service – was 14 inches. Their full snowfall report can be viewed here.

The main storm was preceded by a lesser system Friday morning and afternoon with mere non-accumulating snow flurries. I took two photos of that, one at 8:47 AM:

…and another at 3:58 PM:

The real deal began Friday evening. I took this photo at 7:20:

I also took a photo around 8:15 before going to bed, but I accidentally deleted it.

I awoke to heavy snow, a stiff breeze, and much accumulation. Whereas the January 7 snow started powdery, this was all powder as air temperatures hovered in the low 20s for the duration of the storm. The photographic timeline starts at 6:47 AM:

As the snow fell, I carried on with indoor tasks: a treadmill run (and shower), drafting the March 23 Instrumental Invasion talk break script and then recording its first hour, and watching content on my streaming services. Underestimating the accumulation, I took out the garbage from the kitchen trash can, getting snow up to my knees, requiring a change of pants.

By 3:45, snow was tapering off:

That meant it was time to break out the shovels and snow blower. My dad Bill shoveled initially, and I took it from there. I cleared the front porch, walkway to the driveway, in front of the garage, and a path to the oil burner fuel cap on the left side of the house. It took Dad 45 minutes to clear the driveway and sidewalk:

He asked at one point if I wanted to use the snow blower, but I declined. I did try it after last year’s blizzard.

When Dad was finished, I shoveled what was left. I had to quit while working on the west end of the driveway due to muscle strain. By 5:06, I sprinkled rock salt on the porch, driveway, and sidewalk, then photographed the aftermath, just as the setting sun shone through the breaking clouds:

The setting sun:

One last Saturday photo from bedroom window at 5:11:

I ate a hearty pasta dinner (as usual), then lied down (after taking ibuprofen) to watch more streaming content. I started feeling tired around 7:00, so I went to sleep. I must have gotten close to ten hours of sleep, getting up for the day at 6:15 AM Sunday. My muscle aches had diminished enough that I went back out to shovel. The snow plow hadn’t come up our block until evening, so I shoveled what had settled onto the edge of the driveway and sidewalk up to the property line. I also gave the west end of the driveway another try. Here’s how it looked back in my room at 6:46:

I still felt well enough to carry out my daily exercise routine, including a treadmill run. I photographed the backyard and deck at 8:16, before the run:

The footprint trail is from Dad’s walk to the shed for the gas can so the snow blower could be refueled.

When Dad left for his office, I shoveled whatever wasn’t frozen in the center of the driveway. This is the last aftermath photo, taken at 1:19 PM:

As you can see, there was some melting, thanks to the rock salt and the sun, but temperatures were still only in the 20s, so whatever melted froze overnight. Warmer weather is expected in the next few days with rain on Thursday and Friday. Below freezing temperatures return Friday night with a slight chance of snow.

Until the next storm, thanks for reading my 600th blog post!