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Morris Dancing With Stick In The Mist - An Open Invitation

Hello Adam -

Forgive the delay in checking in with you and your students. I was eaten by the holidays!

I just wanted to say thank you for letting our group come in and perform for your students.  I hope they had as much of a good time as we did!  If any of them, including yourself, would ever like to come play for us we'd love to have you. You need not commit to every weekend! Although it you would like to dance out with us for May Day or the other May celebrations, it would be a good idea to come at least a few practices before hand so you have a feel for how the group performs.

If 11:00 AM on Sundays is difficult, both the Morning Glory Girls Garland (who start at 1:00) and Harts Brook Garland Women (who start at 2:00) also practice at Whately Elementary on Sundays and both are also in great need for a musician (their practices start on 1/13).  You could come play for all three and really have fun with the May festivities!   The girls will be learning a dance to the tune of Sim…

Andy Statman Trio with Jason Rosenblatt: SixEight

Jazz great Dave Brubeck dead at 91

Jazz great Dave Brubeck dead at 91:
The jazz legend died a day before his 92nd birthday.

Dave Brubeck, a jazz musician who gained fame with recordings such as "Take Five" and "Blue Rondo a la Turk," died on Wednesday morning at Norwalk Hospital, in Norwalk, Conn., according to the Chicago Tribune.

Brubeck was one day short of his 92nd birthday. He died of heart failure, en route to "a regular treatment with his cardiologist,” his longtime manager-producer-conductor Russell Gloyd told the newspaper.

"Take Five" relied on the drumming of the late Joe Morello, a Springfield native who learned his skills at the Pizzitola Music Studio, which was located above the old Victory Theater in Holyoke.

Brubeck was the featured act that the reopening of the Calvin Theatre in Northampton on Oct. 7, 1998.

In a 2006 interview with The Republican, Brubeck was asked which of his many artistic achievements gave him most satisfaction, Brubeck mulled over his 170 CDs (&…



Notso Kosher Records My desk is piled high with free CDs: Ezekiel’s Wheel,Golem, all kinds of Dutch and Polish bands, and the old standbys — Klezmer Conservatory Band and the Klezmatics.
The 12 best klez CDs of 2012 jumped out of the pile and said, “Kiss me, I’m Jewish.”
These recordings (listed below) are the nonrequired klezmer albums for the year.  These recordings are essential:
1. Orlando, 3 Days, 2 Nights. Frank London and his Klezmer Brass All-Stars lead us on a klez tour of Disney World. Talk about selling out – but a good selling out.  The cut “Mickey’s Philharmonic” features London on electric toothbrush — pulse position.  “Whistle While You Work” is all about short people –   Jewish short  people: Billy Crystal, Abe Beame and Menachem Begin, and that’s just the first 30 seconds.
2. I Believe in CodAndy Statman flips out.  Sample lyrics: “May cod bless you and guide you . . . . Praise cod in the high heaven and in the deep sea . . . Teem…

Andy Statman @ the 2012 NEA Heritage Awards Concert: Yedid Nefesh

Andy Statman Trio @ the 2012 NEA Heritage Awards Concert: Mandolin Medley

Andy Statman Trio @ the 2012 NEA Heritage Awards Concert: SixEight