Yes, the lyrics above are from OUR MONDAY DATE — and the party I am reminding you about here takes place on a Saturday and Sunday. But the sentiments are still valid. There are only a handful of tickets still available for Jeff (Barnhart) and Joel (Schiavone)’s House Party — April 20 / 21, 2013, in Guilford, Connecticut.
Let the jury see the evidence, please. Here’s Exhibit A, thanks to some fine musicians and Eric Devine, roving cinematographer:
And Exhibit B:
My people have an expression — haimisch — which means something like “so comfortable that you instantly make yourself at home.” That’s the J&J HP in one word. Don’t forget and don’t be late! For details, click here.
And a postscript. When writing a reminder such as this, I am always somewhat at a loss about how to urge people to do something. I was never a copywriter, so to say that the April 2013 Party is NEW and IMPROVED is silly; it didn’t need fixing. Wielding jazz guilt (in my most somber voice): “If you don’t support jazz enterprises like this one, they won’t continue,” is tempting but no one wants to feel that (s)he is responsible for keeping hot jazz afloat. So all I will say is simply this, “I went there and had a wonderful time. Give yourself the present of this experience. If not now, when?”
And, yes, an alternate title for this post could have been RASHI IN DIXIELAND, but I opted for something slightly less obscure.
I hope to see you in Guilford! It isn’t exactly Fifty-Second Street, the fabled Three Deuces, the Reno Club, or Mahogany Hall, but the music emanating from that beautiful farmhouse is just as life-enhancing.
May your happiness increase.