To set the mood: Fletcher Henderson, 1931, vocal by Jimmy Harrison, SWEET AND HOT:
I could become oratorical — a preacher leaning over his congregation, looking over his glasses, solemnly dropping his voice for emphasis, asking, “Where will YOU spend Labor Day weekend 2011? Where will YOU be September 2-3-4-5, 2011?”
But the Beloved and I already know the answer!
We’ll be at the Sweet and Hot Jazz Festival in Los Angeles, California.
Oh, I don’t know. I don’t understand it myself. There are some musicians and singers, for sure. But only a few. And no one you’d really know.
Here are some of the amateurs and nonentities who will be there.
Howard Alden, John Altman, Dan Barrett, Gil Bernal, Ian Bernard, Sean Callery, Chris Dawson, Frank DeVito, Bob Draga, Eddie Erickson, Yve Evans, Joel Forbes, Jim Galloway, Corey Gemme, Banu Gibson, Jeff Gilbert, Rebecca Kilgore, Janet Klein, Dave Koonse, Sue Kroninger, Jennifer Leitham, Dan Levinson, Carl Sonny Leyland, Sherrie Maricle, Barbara Morrison, Roger Neumann, Russ Phillips, Randy Reinhart, the Reynolds Brothers, Molly Ryan, Mark Shane, Ed Shaughnessy, Jack Sheldon, John Sheridan, Richard Simon, Hal Smith, Putter Smith, Jonathan Stout, Allan Vache, Johnny Varro, Ed Vodicka, Pat Yankee, Barry Zweig.
And I’ve left out a whole raft of bands, players, singers, vocal groups, attractions, late-night jam sessions . . . too much to cover in one weekend for anyone. I’ve already begun thinking of buying extra batteries for the camera and perhaps more comfortable shoes . . . ?
Los Angeles Airport Marriott Hotel, 5855 W. Century Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90045. Call 310-641-5700 for reservations, and be sure to ask for the Sweet & Hot Rate: $120.00 per room/ per night + tax. For Pool Room Packages (not a remake of THE HUSTLER, but rooms overlooking the pool) call Wanda– 505-795-7299 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information and ticket sales by phone: call Laurie 909-983-0106 or tickets @sweethot.org.
For a volunteer information and application, contact Bobbye: 818-887-0120 or email@example.com.
I will have more to say about this in postings to come, but I am very excited by this opportunity and wanted my readers to know right this minute. . . . !