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Sunday, February 25 – Breakfast

The band met for breakfast this morning. All five of us and Stever. Steve Knieser is as much a part of the band as any of us. He did an awful lot of those road miles back in the day as part of our crew. And he makes it to most of our shows even now. We are a brotherhood.

Lots of laughs and a lot of catching up. Almost a half century of working together will do that to you. How many people keep the same work team or bowling team together for that long? How many families are together that long? History. THB has history. And we want to share some of that with you.

We’ll be starting rehearsals soon. Some new tunes will be written. We will also add back into the rep some songs from our catalog. There’s a lot to choose from. And a few carefully chosen covers. All in all the show should run about four hours. Just kidding. Come out to see us twice. We’ll mix it up.

I spent the last two days with Kirby Shaw. He is a force of nature. His career reaches back as far as mine. We had a lot of laughs, and shared some war stories. Kirby has written hundreds of the most popular choral arrangements of all time. For those of you who have ever sung in a choir you’ll recognize his name.

The Le Moyne College Singers and the Jazzuits deserve a lot of credit for hosting this event. Rehearsals and workshops on Friday late into the evening. Then two shows on Saturday. Kirby was impressed with the local talent. Carol got him back on a plane headed for the West Coast early this morning. I don’t know how she does it. I know what it took to organize and execute the weekend. Carol Jacobe is the Director of the Jazzuits.

We love the work we do at the college. Music is one of those obsessive occupations that is also your hobby and your life. In between sessions I caught Kirby and Carol going over a score at the piano. It’s hard for anyone outside of the biz to understand this kind of dedication to the arts. It’s not what we do, it’s who we are.

Oh, yeah. And last night I also played a two hour set at the Plaza, on behalf of CNY Jazz. There was a small crowd of enthusiastic patrons. Dancing ensued.

Life is cool.


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