For those who work fifty or more weeks a year, September is just the month that precedes October. For those of us whose lives have been governed by the academic calendar — I’ve been on one side of the desk or the other since age four — September means something else. For me, it means the clock radio has to be set, I have to re-attach my office keys to my key ring, and I will soon be saying, “Good morning! Please put your phones away where you can’t get to them. There are human beings in the room, and they take precedence over texting.” Or words to that effect. (That’s the modulated polite version . . . )
You can tell I might have been teaching for a few years, or perhaps a few years too many.
But September also means music. And I mean MUSIC. One glorious friendly event is the Cleveland Classic Jazz Party. Since I’ve been part of that event for a dozen years, I could even throw an avuncular arm around the Party’s shoulders, and say, “Kid, I remember you when you were Jazz at Chautauqua, and then the Allegheny Jazz Party,” but I guess I won’t.
Here’s a quietly groovy sample of the wonderful music that happens at this Party: as it was captured last year, on September 13, 2015 — created by Randy Reinhart, cornet; Dan Barrett, trombone; Ehud Asherie, piano; Jon Burr, string bass; Pete Siers, drums.
The song is MOTEN SWING — with links to Basie, Walter Donaldson, and Bennie Moten — proving once again that great improvised music need not be Fast and Loud to make us very happy:
I hope to see many friends, off and on the bandstand, at the 2016 Party!
And something nice: “Free Student Tickets. Thanks to our generous supporters, we’re able to open up the Cleveland Classic Jazz Party to student musicians interested in jazz. Listening is the best education, and your kids or grandkids will certainly be inspired by our musicians. One free student ticket is available with each paid ticket to any session. Call us at 216-956-0886 for details.”
May your happiness increase!