Music has always been an important part of my life. This year we discovered and fell in love with a New Orleans-style band, Tuba Skinny. As soon as we learned that they would be performing at the Shalin Liu Center … Continue reading
Let me explain the headline: it all began with an email from my favorite jazz band, the New Black Eagle Jazz Band, announcing a concert last Saturday in Newburyport, about 60 miles from our home. I’ve been an avid fan … Continue reading
Ten years earlier I had made a very similar trip alone, so I felt well-prepared to share the experience with Barbara this time around. We stayed at the Hotel Santa Caterina in Amalfi, one of the Leading Hotels of the … Continue reading
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The original target of these Spring travels was, in fact, Venice, so the last four days were dedicated to exploring that unique city. I hadn’t been there in 18 years, but then again, not much has changed in a lot … Continue reading
The break in my communications from January 6-14 was for an amazing trip to Cuba. We went with a group from our synagogue on a cultural/religious mission in support of the remaining Jewish community there. It was marvelous in many … Continue reading
The Steep Canyon Rangers (SCR) were in town last night. As you know, they are far and away my favorite band, so I gathered eight good friends, made dinner reservations next door, and had a grand time enjoying the concert at … Continue reading
This afternoon we went to the Collings Foundation site in Stow to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Black Eagles Jazz Band, with a concert at the foundation’s aviation and antique car museum. The full set of photos is in … Continue reading
…but it sure was fun! My deepest thanks to family, friends and The Steep Canyon Rangers, who made this the best birthday celebration ever. The food and wine were a raving success, for vegans, vegetarians, Kosherians, and omnivorians alike. (Some … Continue reading
A good friend just told me about an NPR program today regarding “Black Sabbath, The secret musical history of Black-Jewish relations.” There are two recordings you may enjoy: Kol Nidre by Johnny Mathis, and Eretz Zavat Chalav, by Nina Simone.
Is there anyone over 60 who does not remember Ernie Kovacs’ Nairobi Trio? Is there anyone over 60 who reads this blog? Anyway, here is that marvelous skit via YouTube.