Adventures in the world of Traditional Jazz and Ragtime.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Jersey Jazz


Sunday, March 7 (NJJS) – The annual Pee Wee Russell Memorial Stomp – founding event of the New Jersey Jazz Society — will once again fill the Birchwood Manor in Whippany with hot music for the entire afternoon, from Noon to 5 PM. Tickets are quite reasonable, so they are likely to sell out: $30 in advance, or $40 at the door, with a $5 discount off either for NJJS members. It could pay to join first, if only to receive Jersey Jazz each month! Students with credentials are admitted for $10 advance or $15 at the door.

Vince Giordano and his popular Nighthawks have been invited back, plus the Mark Shane Trio with vocalist Terry Blaine, Jon-Erik Kellso’s EarRegulars Plus, and Kevin Dorn’s Traditional Jazz Collective. Plus, of course the Scholarship All-Stars. Good music, good food available, good dancing, good value overall. Bring a few good friends. Buy advance tickets through
On The Home Front
A quilting friend sent an e-mail referring to this blog item, "Hari-kuyo: Festival of Broken Needles." It's a wonderful story, even if you don't work with pins or needles. My bent and broken pins and needles are kept in an empty prescription bottle until it's full, so they can be thrown away without hurting anyone. I may have to perform this ceremony for them!!
Something on that blog led me to this one, and a wonderful video demonstration from the Japanese Furoshiki store, Kakefuda Kyoto. Funny thing, though, when some girls walk out of the store at the end of the video, the furoshikis that they purchased are in paper bags! Watch the video and you'll understand the irony of that ending.
The monster quilt binding is three-quarters finished. Tomorrow's quilting class takes up half of the day (unless it snows tonight), so the binding should be finished Thursday.
The Aestlight shawl is in the final stages -- I'm knitting the edging now, and then will find out what to do with the stitches that are holding at the top edge.
We're having a little weather in the desert today.  This morning the mountain tops could be seen above the clouds, but now they're not visible, and most the towns have disappeared, too!