An update from James Lincoln Collier:
The memorial for Sam this week is meant for musicians only, especially those who played with Sam. The venue is far too small to accomodate a lot of people. There will be a large memorial for Sam in February to which others will be invited.
A jazz memorial to honor and remember the reedman and raconteur Leroy “Sam” Parkins will be held on Tuesday, January 5, 2010 — starting 5:00 PM at the Greenwich Village Bistro (13 Carmine Street in Lower Manhattan) where he and singer Ronnie Washam had a regular gig. Among the musicians who will be there to play the jazz Sam loved will be trumpeter Peter Ecklund, trombonist James Lincoln Collier, painist / singer Peter Sokolow, and bassist David Winograd. The Bistro is a small place, so you might want to be there early to get a seat. Sam, unabashedly pleased when he was the center of a whirl, would be delighted to see the place full of people listening, talking, and enjoying themselves.
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Tagged David Winograd, Greenwich Village Bistro, James Lincoln Collier, jazz blog, Jazz Lives, Leroy "Sam" Parkins, memorial, Michael Steinman, Peter Ecklund, Peter Sokolow, Ronnie Washam, Sam Parkins
An eloquent dispatch from the front lines of Greenwich Village jazz, sent in by Marianne Mangan, one of our blog’s faithful unpaid local correspondents:
Singer Ronnie Washam and her friends Peter Sokolow (piano), Sam Parkins (clarinet) and Dave Winograd (bass) visited with Billie Holiday at the Greenwich Village Bistro last Thursday evening. That illustrious songbook was handled admirably, an echo of Billie’s timbre here, a sliver of her phrasing there, a large helping of Ronnie’s valuable interpretative skill and flexible technique throughout.
The instrumentalists supported her ably, soloing to their own advantage as called for. And so the buoyancy of “Them There Eyes” turned to poignant regret in “I Wished On the Moon” hardening to the wry resolve of “God Bless the Child.” Fine entertainment, all, plus one superb bonus track: “I Cried For You.” A wistful first chorus, a scornful second, slowly built to a revengeful release, the guys swinging out, and all vocal indicators pointing towards a well-forged iron having entered Ronnie’s soul. The tone was sweet and true as always, but the attitude was pure woman done wrong. Blasphemous as it may sound, by the end of “I Cried For You,” Billie was forgotten for a few minutes. This one was all Ronnie & Her Friends.
They’ll be getting together again next Tuesday evening, March 10th, 9 to 11.
Posted in Pay Attention!, Swing You Cats!, The Heroes Among Us, The Real Thing, The Things We Love
Tagged Bob Levin, Dave Winograd, Greenqich Village Bistro, Greenwich Village, jazz blog, Jazz Lives, live jazz, Marianne Mangan, Michael Steinman, New York City, Peter Sokolow, Ronnie Washam, Sam Parkins, Veronica Washam
Really, do I need to say more?
All right. Singer Ronnie Washam will be leading her friends (and they are!) in another evening of heartfelt swing — downtown at the Greenwich Village Bistro on Carmine Street from 9 PM. Her friends? None other than Sam Parkins, pianist / singer Peter Sokolow, bassist Dave Winograd.
For details, check my post IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO PRAISE. And make sure your datebooks are properly annotated for Tuesday night. It will be one of the better, warmer places to be — emotionally as well as Farenheit.
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Tagged Dave Winograd, Greenwich Village Bistro, jazz blog, Jazz Lives, live jazz, Michael Steinman, New York City, Peter Sokolow, Ronnie Washam, Sam Parkins