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July, 2011:

August Update

After a fast finish to June with the TV appearance and very last Bin22 show, July was equally exciting with great house parties and two public appearances.  Thanks to Rhetta, Tony, Vickie, and David for great times at their house parties that featured duo and quartet arrangements. In the duo setting Randy and I played light background music, setting a relaxing backdrop. The quartet delivered straight ahead jazz and then opened it up to get all the way down into the blues.  Great times!

This summer featured the inaugural Innsbrook jazz series, and we opened the show the night of the 18th – hot weather and hot jazz! Finally we played for the very first time at Crossroads Coffee and Ice Cream on the south side.  The five-year-old dancers made the evening!

July Update

June 30 was quite a day.  We appeared and played two songs on Virginia This Morning on WTVR Channel 6. One was Monk’s version of Sweet Georgia Brown that he called Bright Mississippi.  Charles and Randy insisted that Bob pull out the blues harp.  You can see the results at our Video and Audio page or at WTVR.  Our favorite shot is the camera man grooving out.  The second song was the Leon Russell standard This Masquerade, which is front and center on our home page.  Check out Randy scatting over his solo just like George Benson.  Thanks much to Owen Weeks for sitting in with us on bass, Owen you did a fantastic job.  Thanks also to the folks at WTVR for their kind reception, making us feel so at home, and making it easy to play “on TV!”.

That same evening we played what may be our last event at Bin22. After six years cultivating a fabulous atmosphere in downtown Carytown Greg is selling out to spend more time with the family. We’ll miss you Greg, thanks a million for the many great evenings!  Last Thursday was one of them, Randy, Charles, and Bob were joined by trumpeter Dave Pilsbury on a delightful summer evening, and a full patio of appreciative folks.  Thanks to everyone who came out, you made it a great time!

Look for us at the Innsbrook Monday Jazz Festival on the 18th from 5 to 7:00, and start the weekend early on July 21, 7:00 – 10:00 at Crossroads Coffee & Ice Cream on the Southside. Looking forward to seeing you there, and thanks especially to Stu for hooking us up there.  Details on both appearances are at the top of our home page.

Happy 4th everyone!