January – February 2009
Encore Artists Scheduled for January and February Concerts
Calculator, Telephone Pioneers of America, Piggly Wiggly Food chain, Genesee Beer Dist., Moog Inc., Florida Foliage Association and Coleman Outdoor Products, as well as a host of leading insurance companies. Since she arrived in the Orlando area, Laura was half of the comedy team “Yager & Klay” for some four years before her partner had to move to Phoenix. She also has worked with the Vaughn Monroe chestra conducted by Lou Feldman, Terry Myer’s “Tribute to Benny Goodman” band, Armand Marchesano’s big band, Bob Grauso’s Jazz Repertory Orchestra and Mike Arena’s big band. She subbed with the “Red Hot Mamas” at Rosie O’Grady’s, worked with Warren Parrish in Mt. Dora and Winter Park, and sang with Scott Berry. For several years she performed on Holland, Cunard and other cruise lines. York City for 20 years as a professional jazz pianist. While there he also studied with Sir Roland Hanna and Herbie Hancock. He has appeared on more than 30 recordings, having recorded with Illinois Jacquet, Howard McGhee, Frank Wess, Charlie Rouse, Ron Carter, Brian Torff, Grady Tate and the Ink Spots, among others. See CONCERTS Pg. 5

■■■■■ January 4 Laura Yager and Friends February 15 The Jim Roberts Saxtet March 1 Carol Stein April 5 UCF Jazz Ensemble May 3 Terry Meyer September October November December ■■■■■ 2:30-5 pm at the OrlandoMoose Lodge 5001 N. Orange Blossom Tr. (just north of Lee Rd.), Orlando ■■■■■ Suggested donations: Members $8, Non-Members $12, College ID $3, through High School, Free

This time around Laura Yager is joined by Michael Kramer at the keyboard, Ben Kramer at the bass, Barry Smith at the drums and John de Paola on trumpet and flugelhorn for our January concert. Laura has an extensive background in the entertainment industry. She has appeared with such luminaries as Gene Kelly, Bill Cosby, Joan Rivers, Bob Newhart, Buddy Hackett, Charlie Callas, Henny Youngman, Don Rickles, Shecky Green, Rodney Dangerfield, William Shatner, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Dyan Cannon, Al Pacino, Jane Fonda, Kris Kristofferson, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Rip Taylor, Mel Tormé, Steve Allen, Dr. Joyce Brothers, Jackie Gleason and many other well known personalities. In addition, she has been a guest on The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson, The Mike Douglas Show, The Merv Griffin Show, The Joyce Brothers Show, etc. She also has had her own one-hour television special with Screen Gems, has recorded four albums, recorded the title song by Sammy Cahn for the film “The Man Who Would Not Die,” performed for the television special on the life of John F. Kennedy, “Johnny, We Hardly Knew Ye,” and performed in corporate training films, radio commercials and game shows. Laura also has been the featured entertainer at conventions and trade shows for such companies as I.B.M., Hueblein, The Police Benevolent Association, Chevrolet, Avon Cosmetics, CocaCola, New York State Republican Party Convention, Singer Sewing Machines, Ford Motor Co., Dura-Lite, Kodak, Pet Milk Co., Monroe

Jim Roberts lived and worked in New

Kevin Beursch Michael and Flerida Colletti Mark and Noreen Levitt Marc Monteson Ginger and Mel Robinson Billy and Yvonne Spikes Michael Stone Kenneth Tiedeman

Irene Pruzan Manfred Foge


President’s Message
Eddie Betros
An open letter to Santa: Please bring me more new members, more renewals and more guests to our future concerts in the coming year. I have been a good boy all year. Just ask my family. I also wish Happy Holidays to all our members, guests and jazz fans. Our December concert, celebrating Ben Kramer’s 25th birthday, featured his dad Michael Kramer, Michael Andrew, Jackie Jones, Laura Yager, Bob Bruce, Ken Watson, Tracy Alexander and many other fine players. Your jazz society had a wonderful year and you can expect much more in 2009.


Tim Norton at the Concerts
NOVEMBER 2008 CONCERT On Sunday, November 2, a group of UCF jazz professors, performing under the name “The UCF Jazz Professors,” entertained the society of Central Florida jazz fanciers gathered under the name “Central Florida Jazz Society.” The professors were Per Danielsson on piano, Richard Drexler on bass, Bobby Koeble on guitar, John Jenkins on drums, Jeff Rupert on saxophones. John Jenkins was subbing for Marty Morrell, who was OD-ing on sushi in Japan, but still received an extensive introduction from Jeff. After all the praise for Marty Morrell, all Jeff really needed to say about John Jenkins was that he was a worthy substitute for Marty. Which he did. Which he was. They were all great, all worthy substitutes for bigger names. Jeff Rupert, who did the vocals (the talking) for the group, remarked that one could not go wrong with the Great American Song Book. (Actually, I went wrong trying to type it. Ever hear of the “Great Quamericn Song Ook?”) I went wrong, but the Professors never did. They played “I’m Old Fashioned” and they were old fashioned in their song selection, from “How About You” to “This Will be My Shining Hour.” They did standards in a stanCentral Florida Jazz Society Blue Notes

dard way, and set a standard of excellence. The performance was “standard” in the same way that a perfectly prepared Thanksgiving Dinner, the same basic dinner as every year, is a sort of standard. There are surprises, but you expect a few surprises. Lots of gravy, to borrow a phrase from Doctor K. I have discussed the expected aspects of the UCF Jazz Professors’ performance for the Central Florida Jazz Society last Sunday. Here are some of the special moments. Jeff Rupert did a casual and low-key job of handling the “vocals” of the Professors’ allinstrumental program. There are times when I suspect that he’s deliberately stumbling around in his endearingly self-depreciating way, as when he attempted to introduce a song and could not recall the name—it was, of course “I Remember You.” As the saying goes, you can’t make this stuff up. Could Jeff? Richard Drexler’s masterful bass solo made up for any doubts I might have had concerning Jeff Rupert’s alleged mnemonic limitations. Never before have I heard chords in a bass solo. I guess that’s what you get when the bassist is a piano player as well. The Professors offered an instrumental version of “Lush Life” by Billy Strayhorn. It started with an extended solo by Jeff , just long enough to lend a touch of drama when first Bobby Koeble on guitar, and then the rest of the group, emerged from Jeff’s massive musical shadow. Per Danielsson’s spooky piano solo evoked the rather depressing mood created by the words of the song, in a way more satisfying than the words themselves. The next number was “We,” also unknown (to me) as Allen’s Alley. A be-bop workout with the crowd bursting into applause at Jeff’s -2-

opening solo. Indeed the crowd roared throughout the piece. I was particularly struck by Per’s two-hands-on-the-melody piano solo, enabled by the expert backing of Richard Drexler on bass and John Jenkins on drums. “Bean and the Boys,” a Coleman Hawkins re-working of “Lover Come Back To Me,” featured a nice drum break by John Jenkins. Jeff Rupert sat and the piano trio did “Old Folks.” Jeff came back with his Grafton plastic alto sax (developed in the forties in response to wartime demand for copper) and the group performed what Bev Bergeron called “their best number”—“Confirmation.” Next, Jeff did a version of “Lover Man,” a song most famous for a Charlie Parker version that Charlie reportedly didn’t like. He would have liked Jeff’s version. The band finished with “This Will Be My Shining Hour.” Actually, it already had been. DECEMBER 2008 CONCERT: BEN KRAMER’S 25TH BIRTHDAY Our December Concert was a celebration of the birthday of Ben Kramer, son of Michael Kramer, and benefited the Rick Fay Scholarship Fund. Music was provided by the trio of bassist Ben, pianist Michael, and drummer Tracy Alexander. The trio opened the program with “O Christmas Tree” aka “O Tannenbaum,” aka (by fiat of Michael Kramer) “O Mandelbaum.” As he did repeatedly all afternoon, Ben contributed a nice bass solo. In fact, as I recall, Ben was the only performer who would never get a rest. Heck of a way to celebrate your birthday! See NORTON Pg. 4

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This piece is not about Ira Sullivan although it is about something he does, or more accurately what he is. We call him a multiinstrumentalist. Does that mean that he plays more than one instrument? Well, he does. But it means more than that. For example, Terry Myers plays tenor and alto saxophones, a soprano sax and a clarinet—plus a flute occasionally. So he plays a lot of horns and he plays them all well. However, we don't generally refer to him as a multiinstrumentalist. The same is true of the bigband saxophonists who used to be required to double on clarinet and today more probably on flute. I think we save the multi-instrumentalist designation for one who plays not only the reeds (saxophones, clarinets, etc.) but also plays the brass instruments (trumpet, flugelhorn, cornet, valve trombone, etc.). Ira does that. He once told me about the show-biz type of bandleaders who would wheel a shopping cart on to the stage. The cart was full of musical instruments of all kinds. He would then play them all. "Not too well," Ira would point out, “but enough to earn much applause.” The problem these musicians experienced was in the switching from one mouthpiece to another that was completely different. The mouth also had to change shape to accommodate the requirements of one instrument's mouthpiece versus the other's. Different air pressures and handling and blowing skills are necessary. That's where the multiinstrumental skills come in. And in jazz a high degree of basic performance skills must be used. The player of just one instrument must consider the melodic, harmonic and rhythmic music that is in written form plus that which he must create himself in the form of improvisation. Yes, I do admire jazz musicians and what they must do to make those jazz sounds that I love so much. Sometime soon I hope to interview a musician who frequently plays many, many different instruments on one recording date. His name is Scott Robinson and his latest CD is a tribute to Thad Jones, the late trumpeter, composer and bandleader. We saw Scott play recently but it was a tribute to Thelonious Monk and he only played baritone saxophone (very well!). On his current CD, Scott plays on various tracks the following instruments: c-flute, cCentral Florida Jazz Society Blue Notes

melody sax, f-mezzo-soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone, thunder sheet, bass saxophone, eflat soprano flute, contrabass-surrusophone, theramin, alto clarinet, bell, echo cornet, French horn and flugelhorn. Now that's what I call multi-instrumentalism. Mike LeDonne plays Hammond organ with Richard Wyands and Hank Jones on piano on other cuts. We should not ignore the unusual approach to jazz by the late blind saxophonist Rahsaan Roland Kirk, who played simultaneously two or three saxophones, two of which were his own invention. On his own, he could sound like a whole sax section. Rest assured that when I have a recorded interview with Scott Robinson you should be able to hear it on WUCF-FM (89.9) or WFIT-FM (89.5). The program is Jazz on the Beach.

of windows and on a nice evening they open them up for the breeze and to be part of Park Avenue. The back area has dining and a harpist. Now for the best part: There is an upstairs and this is where the Jazz groups will be performing. The large room has soft lighting, comfortable sofas set up in a living room style, a small bar and windows overlooking the lights of Winter Park. The upstairs can be reached by a big staircase between the lounge and restaurant area or from a staircase and elevator located next door to Circa 1926. They are still showcasing groups to find a good fit. The night we were there we ran into our friend Ken Rabac, aka Dr. K. Ken who has a daily jazz show on UCF's 89.9 from 2 to 6 . He was there with his group in the newly decorated upstairs. We sat on one of the comfortable sofas to listen to Sergei Kossenko play his magic on the piano. Sergei was classically trained in Russia, but his offerings are pure wonderful jazz. Skip Harding played a very nice saxophone (he plays at Disney's Grand Floridian). The other musicians played well too; unfortunately I did not get their names. There were a guitarist, a drummer, and Dr. K and his wife Terri Lynn handling vocals. The owner of Circa 1926 plans on having Jazz nightly in the upstairs room and nightly piano music downstairs. Prices are typical Park Avenue for food and wine. Our tried and true place for Jazz—the Vines—has moved from their small space to a bigger place a few doors down to 7533 West Sand Lake Rd. in the Dr. Phillips area. They’ve taken over the Jeffrey's Restaurant space (some of you will remember it as the Annaelle Hugo's restaurant and before that as the Thai Passion restaurant). The new Vines is very attractive with a large bar and lounge area, room for the musicians and the grand piano and a dance area. The acoustics are great. We love going January – February 2009

Painting with Jazz
by Lorraine Turner We finally have a new venue for Jazz. Circa 1926 has finally opened in Winter Park. It is located at 358 N. Park Ave on the corner of Park Avenue and Canton in the old East of Paris restaurant. Mike and I went there on Thursday night December 4th, which also coincided with the lighting of the Morse Tiffany windows in Winter Park's Central Park. We walked over to Circa 1926, which has a very attractive lounge area with a grand piano next to the bar done in a soft gold color. Gary Smith plays piano there from Tuesday through Sunday featuring a nice mix of music. They have high tops, and tables and chairs all done in black and white; a nice touch is the salmon colored real calla lily on each table. There are doors all around instead -3-

there on a Thursday night from 8 to 12 to hear Tommy Bridges and his group. There is Bob Farmer on bass, Dennis Laak on drums, Alan Vaché on clarinet, Katie Vance vocalist and of course Tommy on piano and trumpet. The night we were there Charlie Bertini sat in with his trumpet. There are nights when Bill Allred or his son John will sit in. This is a real jazz venue. Tommy also plays there on Sunday night. On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday it is Bill White's group, and on Friday and Saturday Bernie Lee and David Roberts on vocals join them. The Dr. Phillips area also has a nice place called Press 101, at 7600 Dr. Phillip's Blvd. It’s a small place with patio seating. They have wines, flatbreads, paninis, salads, desserts and music on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Johnny Mag plays his saxophone on Thursday and Saturday nights. He will play to the crowd, but he knows all the stand up jazz music…just ask and he will play. He is there from 7-10 on Thursday and 7:30 to 10:30 on Saturday.

swell—to re-coin a ‘50s phrase. The new aggregation thus served a reverberating notice to jazz followers: We’re here. We’re different. We’re good! Per’s 17-member gang played Count Basie’s swinger “All Of Me” and the old classic “What a Wonderful World.” This too-short program constituted an enticing prelude to a joyous evening for the small group of students, and even smaller group of town folk, who attended—actually, a bigger “crowd” than usual for such school events. Not many UCF kids—and few of the university’s neighbors—know how fortunate they are to have such fine musicians in their midst, at the behest of their activity cards or a modest fee. I won’t praise any of the individual student musicians, leaving that up to their teachers, and to their audiences. Each is outstanding. Everyone deserves an ovation. The informative but much-too-talkative director of music at UCF, Jeff Rupert, leads the main ensemble in his usual hop-around style. This contrasts with Per Danielsson’s cool, modest presentation. Among the highlights of the ensemble—the full 19-member aggregation this night—were Billy Strayhorn’s “Take the A Train;” a beautiful, existential version of “Skylark;” a rousing, swinging arrangement of “Love for Sale;” and a wild, thrashing, oddly rhythmic piece Rupert called “Vortex” by octogenarian Sam Rivers, who lives in Orlando. Fair warning: The CFJS is in for a good time with either—hopefully both—of these big jazz groups real soon.
Isaac (Ike) M. Flores is a former Associated Press journalist and the author of “Tales to Tell” (2007), “The Plot Against Fidel” (2005) and “American Legacy” (1982).

lesson. According to Kenny, Ben “graduated” after one lesson, having absorbed all that Kenny had to impart. Kenny played “S’Wonderful” and “If I Had You.” The lady seated next to me remarked that she’d never seen anyone have so much fun playing the bass. That could be because she hadn’t seen any bassists playing behind Kenny. Michael Andrew was next and sang “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore.” Michael Kramer and Tracy Alexander then sat out while Michael Andrew sang “You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To” with only Ben backing him up (and doing some outstanding solo work). He then sang “Route 66” and “Mack the Knife” with the trio. Michael told some stories about Ben’s early gigs with him and was gone. The trio came back for the second set with “That Old Devil Moon,” which featured one of Tracy’s comparatively rare drum breaks. And then came Miss Jacqueline Jones, who may hold the record by having hired Ben when he was thirteen. She offered “What a Difference a Day Makes,” reworked with references to Ben’s parents Michael and Sheila. She followed up with a truly beautiful rendition of “But Beautiful” and an amusing parody of “Santa Baby.” Ben was again alone with the singer for the start of “Bye Bye Blackbird” before Tracy (on drums) and Michael (clapping hands) and the audience joined in. Next it was Syl Lafata on clarinet with “Memories of You” and “Lady be Good.” Syl is not always regarded as the area’s premier clarinetist, but while I’m actually listening to him, I can’t imagine the music being better. The program ended with a moving performance by Laura Yager, our featured performer for January. Michael ceded the piano to Howard Herman, who collaborated with Laura on the new tune “The Joy of Christmas,” a worthy addition to the Christmas songbook. Laura then offered “He’s Just Our Ben,” adapted from “He’s Just My Bill.” The program closed with “The Best Things in Life are Free.”

Monthly Jazz in Downtown Sanford!
On the first Saturday of each month Jazzed in Sanford takes place on Magnolia Square (off First St.) in downtown Sanford. February’s concert (Feb. 7th) will feature Bill Allred. Don’t miss it. It’s free and takes place from 4-7 p.m. There will not be a concert in January.

Warning! A Second Herd Ahead
by Ike Flores Note for Moe Lowe, our Society’s esteemed program director: You may soon have to find room on our calendar for two University of Central Florida Jazz Ensembles. That’s right, two. The second one is still getting its chops together, but it will soon be as big and strong as its sibling. Per Danielsson, the piano professor at UCF, will direct the new group, which made its debut at a recent musical gathering at the school’s concert/theater/classroom at the Visual Arts Building. This second group, inordinately called the UCF Jazz Ensemble 1 this particular night, only played two numbers, but these too-littlerehearsed pieces and their introduction by the widely traveled professor/director were really Central Florida Jazz Society Blue Notes

The concert featured a series of guests who had played a role in Ben’s musical education and career. Ricky Sylvia of “Felix and the Buzzcats” was the first guest to take the stage, holding in his arms the second guest, his infant son. He sang “Fly Me to the Moon” and “What a Wonderful World,” the latter in a voice which sounded suspiciously like the voice of the inimitable, but perpetually imitated, Louis Armstrong. Since it was impractical for Ricky to hold his young son through his bravura performance, he sat in Michael’s lap while Michael played. For any of you who may have contemplated sitting in Michael’s lap yourselves, I can report that young Mr. Sylvia was quite content. Ricky was one of Ben’s early employers, hiring him at the age of fifteen. Electric violinist Kenny Watson was next. His instrument is actually a combination violin and viola, and somehow operates without wires. Along with performing electrically, Kenny also teaches and gave Ben his first bass -4-

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They are free, but sometimes they can be enjoyed better along with some things that cost a little, like our concerts. Laura will be back in January with Michael and Ben, drummer Barry Smith, and a horn player to be named later. Most of the performance will be free, since we can only afford to pay our performers far less than they are worth. Our special thanks go to the Kramer family, including Ben’s mother, sister, and aunt, who brought us not only music but cupcakes.

Free Big Band Concert
A free concert of big band era music will be held Monday, Jan. 12 at 7:00 p.m. in the sanctuary of Peace United Methodist Church of Hunters Creek. Featured will be vocalist Grace McDade and internationally renowned trumpeter Bill Carmichael. The band will be under the direction of trombonist Andrea Rowlison, who has performed in the Tommy Dorsey, Harry James, Gene Krupa, Nelson Riddle, Larry Elgart, Xavier Cugat, and Guy Lombardo orchestras. The church is located at 13502 Town Loop Blvd. For more information send an e-mail to rowlisonfl7@aol.com or call 407-240-3945.

CFJS BOARD Executive Committee
President ................... Eddie Betros 1st Vice Pres ....... Marge Ann Coxey 2nd Vice Pres ...... Sonja Marchesano Recording. Sec ... Connie Zabucovec Treasurer .................... Jean Fuqua Asst. Treasurer ......... Louis Shader

Board of Directors

Jim has appeared on the Today Show, Good Morning America, and the PBS series Jazz Adventure. He also appeared at the Newport Jazz Festival, the Kool Jazz Festival and the Greenwich Village Jazz Festival. Jim was also the musical director for the Copasetics, a legendary group of tap dancers, featuring Honi Coles, Gregory Hines, and Savion Glover. Swinging jazz is the essence of this group: great bebop and swing tunes played by three saxophonists and a rhythm section, with arrangements by Jim Roberts. Everyone get some soloing time. Members of the band have played with Count Basie, Mel Tormé, Maynard Ferguson and Dizzy Gillespie.

Bob Esterberg .......... Barbara Gold Howard Gold ........ Lynda Ingelhart Armand Marchesano Delores Neville ............ John Neville Nanci Neville................ Tim Norton Sue Ryerson

Back Issues of The Mississippi Rag
Kid Dutch has a grocery sack full of back issues of The Mississippi Rag, The Voice of Traditional Jazz and Ragtime." There are many interesting articles about jazz and ragtime people past and present. The Rag no longer is published on paper (it's online now). If anyone would like to relieve him of these items, please call Dutch at 407-782-5305.

Appointed Positions

Music Director ............ Moe E. Lowe Parliamentarian ..........Nanci Neville

Mildred Bowman Myra Cramond Jean Fuqua Rick and Donna Gardner Dan Hunter Lynda Ingelhart Richard and Annette Manganel John and Delores Neville Sue Ryerson William A. G. and Julie Sanford Dr. Allen and Flora Jo Taylor Dr. Fritz and Nancy Thompson Col. Edward and Phyllis Tolfa Patricia Wolfe Polly Anna Woodward

Jan.-Feb. 2009 Vol. 13 No.1
Blue Notes is a bi-monthly publication of the Central Florida Jazz Society, P.O. Box 540133, Orlando FL 32854 407-539-2357 THE OPINIONS EXPRESSED IN THE BLUE NOTES ARE THOSE OF THE WRITER AND DO NOT NECESSARILY REPRESENT THE VIEW OF THE CFJS. Lynda Ingelhart is newsletter editor and Gregory Winters is associate editor. The Blue Notes masthead was designed by Karen Weinberg. ONLY MEMBERS AND GUESTS ARE ALLOWED IN THE MOOSE LODGE. CFJS MEMBERS ATTEND AS SPECIAL GUESTS OF MOOSE MEMBERS EDDIE BETROS, MARGE ANN COXEY AND BOB ESTERBERG. If you have information or a contribution for the Blue Notes, submit it online to cfjsjazz@yahoo.com or in typed format for consideration to

Glenn Miller Orchestra® in January Concert
Tickets ($22) now are available for the next Glenn Miller Orchestra Lake Mary concert, Wednesday, January 14, 2009 at 7:30 p.m at the Lake Mary High School auditorium, 655 Longwood-Lake Mary Rd., Lake Mary. Tickets online at www.glennmiller orchestra.com.

Ruth Maniloff

Marge Ann Coxey Alyce Francis Moe Lowe Sigrid and Louis Shader Jack and Lorraine Simpson Evelyn McGee Stone Mary and Roger Uithoven

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