Thursday, June 16, 2016

Prez Says June 2016

5/22 2016 Jam Sets: Set 1 included Chris Edwards on trumpet.   Rhonda played alto saxOther musicians included Miguel Enciso on bass, Dean Krikorian, tenor sax, Jeff Cardinal on trombone, Frank Coop on guitar, George Smith on piano, Richard Woodworth on soprano saxJohn Nye on drums and Anne Abler and Steven Saavedra on washboard. We also had a number of Tevis Jr. High Rangers playing, who were introduced on stage but whose names were not recorded. Richard conducted admirably. Featured songs included “Midnight in Moscow, “Slow Boat to China” with Richard on vocals, and “Undecided” with Sandy on vocals.  

Set 2 included these changes: George SmithtrumpetJudy Lindquistalto sax, Richelle Cross, piano, Matt BarcusdrumsDon Gugeler, soprano sax.  Jim Borland ran sound. Featured songs included: “I’ve Found a New Baby”, Bring Me Sunshine with Barbara Knoblock on vocals, “Exactly Like You with Sandy on vocals, and “Doctor Jazz”, with Richard on vocals.  Jim Borland ran sound.

Set 3 included these changes: Jim West on trumpet, Kevin Willey, drumsDavid Farber on alto sax, Tom Dutart on tuba, Richard Woodworth, tenor saxFeatured songs included “April Showers, with Barbara on vocals, “Paper Moon” with Sandy on vocals, “On the Sunny Side of the Street with Richard on vocals, and a patriotic medley featuring Richelle Cross on piano and vocals and Tom Dutart on tuba.

OffBeat is Accepting Advertisements:

The Offbeat is accepting and publishing advertisements.  Prices are as follows: Business Card size: $15.00; 1/4 page $25.00; 1/2 page $50.00.  We will give a 50% discount if you buy an ad for six months.  You can purchase a business card sized ad for one calendar year for $120.  Mid-year purchases will be pro-rated.

We Need Raffle Donations in June

We’ve had a great response on our raffle donations but we continue to need more.  Please donate CDs, bottles of wine, bottle of olive oil, music related memorabilia or anything else you think the members would like to pick up at the raffle table. Thanks!

Jubilee Corner

The Sacramento Jazz festival was held over Memorial Day Weekend.  Several of our members went and reported lower turnouts and more diverse band programming than in the past. The SLO Jazz festival also happened in May and was a big success by all accounts. We advertised in their program and also had a banner on display.

Maria Muldaur is putting together her list of musicians that will form the Jazz Quintet. We know two of them- Danny Caron, the hot guitar player from Tom RIgney and Flambeau.  The second name we know is Otis Mourning on reeds. Otis plays with Titan Hot 7 and was also our guest at the April Sunday session playing with the Black Tuesday band. So- we know that Maria is getting the best musicians she can find to back her up at our festival and that she is going to Bring It!  You will not want to miss her performances on Friday night and Saturday early afternoon.

In May, we continued our focus on advertising and grant applications. We also went on-line with our ticket sales, and they are starting to take off.  We are sponsoring the Grover Beach summer concert series at Ramona Park. We can therefore put flyers out at this event and our name is mentioned during the announcements. We may set up a booth as we get closer to Jubilee.

We are still looking for someone to take notes at our meetings, which typically occur twice a month on Tuesday afternoons. If you can help with this task, please call Rhonda at (805) 937 8402Sandy Smallwood has graciously agreed to organize our volunteers this year. Our next upcoming meetings are listed below:

June 14th NEW DATE- Program, Evaluations

June 28th- Cancelled

July 19th- Hospitality, Sound, Post Festival Party


Need Help Setting up For Sunday Sessions

We have lost some of our stalwart volunteers that helped us set up for the Sunday sessions.   We typically set up around 9:30 on the morning of our events. Set up includes chairs, tables, stage equipment and the bar. If you are able to come in the morning and help us, you would be most welcome.  As an added bonus, you will be there to hear the whole jam session. It’s an often overlooked gold mine.  Please come and help us set up the next Sunday session.


Help Wanted

Needed - one or two people willing to manage the front door incase Fran or Eileen are unable to work at the last minute. Hopefully this occasion will never occur but in case it does we need to be prepared for someone to take over. These people need to be reliable and able to come and work at the last minute. We will show them what needs to be done, plus we have step by step instructions written up. It really is not hard, and you get to meet a lot of people. Those interested please call Fran Willey at 805-772-2652.


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