Downtown Music Gallery Newsletter

Source: Downtown Music Gallery.

I caught my first concert in 4 months a couple of weeks ago and saw/heard Richard Thompson play solo in Woodbridge, NJ at their high school in a football field where everyone sat at a safe distance apart. It was an incredible concert, so glad to be there with 400 other folks, listening closely and being swept away by Mr. Thompson’s wonderful songs. For the past few weeks, I have been listing to a boxset of 100 Big Bands from the 1920’s thru 1940’s, the so-called Big Band Era. I am fascinated by this music, some of which is nearly 100 years old. In some ways, this is the beginning of modern jazz, with thoughtful arrangements and great solos all around. I still have 50 Big Bands left to hear and then search out for more. My favorites so far are Duke Ellington, Luis Russell, Cab Calloway, Charlie Barnet and George Handy Orchestras.

Music, Creative Music, helps keep me sane, inspired and often makes me want to dance and sing and rejoice for better times. The world is still waiting for the Sunrise, so remember to reach out and give a (virtual) hug to someone who needs it today! It will make both of you/us feel better!