And carry-on rules are stringent, so I can’t establish a raffle for the most enthusiastic / lightest reader to be smuggled aboard my JetBlue flight. Anyway, the Beloved has first dibs — although being a woman of discernment and breeding, she would require a seat.
But it’s not too late to remind, to urge you all to put aside the possibly mundane plans for the coming weekend and choose a Jazz Holiday. Ask yourself, “Would Turk Murphy spend his weekend taking the car in for an oil change?” Would Big Sid Catlett take Fluffy to the groomer’s instead of playing the drums?” “What would Lee Wiley do?” “Would George Lewis spend his time putting up the new curtains for spring?” If none of these names resonate with you as a personal role model, please feel free to fill in the blank until you come up with the proper answer: “Given the chance, ______________ would be heading for Monterey.”
Having arrived at this revelation, come join me and hear the Reynolds Brothers with Marc Caparone, Dawn Lambeth, and Katie Cavera; the Bob Schulz Frisco Jazz Band with Doug Finke, Kim Cusack, Jim Maihack, Scott Anthony, Ray Skjelbred, and Hal Smith; Bob Draga; Eddie Erickson; the Vache-Cocuzzi Swing All-Stars with John Sheridan; Carl Sonny Leyland; the Titan Hot Seven; High Sierra with Bryan Shaw, Pieter Meijers, Howard Miyata; Jeff and Anne Barnhart; Jerry Krahn; Sue Kroninger; Chris Calabrese; Jason Wanner; Marty Eggers, Virginia Tichenor; Royal Society Jazz Orchestra; Yve Evans; Gonzalo Bergara; a host of youth bands. And more. Here’s the link to the schedule. Feast your eyes, as they used to say.
I don’t want to be grim, but festivals are quietly closing up all around us — not only in California. Better to create a pleasant surprise for this next weekend than to regret indefinitely into the future. And that’s no stage joke.
See you there!