Jazz Only Feb. 2020

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Feb. 22, 2020

On a mild winter day in northwest DC the Vinyl Listening Club hosted the first  JAZZ Only vinyl session of the Decade. The vinyl session consisted of mostly first-time visitors. The remaining listeners were there for the second time.   


Where  Were  My  Regular  Vinyl  Listeners?


Despite their absence, the music and musicians presented were just as impressive as ever.  The conversation was highlighted by newcomer Elliot Simon, jazz reviewer for All About Jazz, an online Jazz site that reports on Jazz from around the world. 


We started off the set with;
1. At Last  --  Urbie Green
Urbie Green is not highly known by the general public, but he was a well-rounded trombone jazz artist playing many styles of jazz from the 50’s up into the 90’s. He played on over 250 recordings and released more than two dozen albums as a soloist and was highly respected by his fellow trombonists and other great musicians. Green's trombone sounds were noted for its flawless warm, mellow tone, where he was more fluent than most trombonists. He played in major jazz festivals, motion picture soundtracks, concert halls, nightclubs, radio, television and the White House. 


2. Dolphin Dance - Ahmad Jamal
3. The Message – Illinois Jaquet
4. Polka Dots and Rainbows - The Jazz Crusaders –
This song was one of the top 100 most-frequently recorded jazz standards.


5. Swinging Shepherd - Ella Fitzgerald
6. Modern Man - Stanley Clark
7. No Fears In The End - Grover Washington


Throughout the evening there were numerous conversations around the music and musicians being heard. We revisited a previous session conversation around the types of Jazz. We viewed a web site that listed over 50 Jazz genres. 


8. Brite Piece – Elvin Jones
9. I’m Gonna Move To The Outskirts - Ray Charles
10. Walk On By – Stanley Turrentine
11. Ode To Chicken George - Charles Earland
12. I Wish - Charles Earland
13. Searching – Roy Ayers
14. Hummin – Cannonball Adderly
15. But I Was Cool – Oscar Brown
16. Gemini – Jimmy Heath & Percy Heath

17. Swallow Each Other Alive – Amanda Monaco
We were introduced to an album by Amanda Monaco, a NYC-based Jazz Guitarist. This is an unusual album in that the music was inspired by rabbinical texts from the 3rd century.  A little bit jazz, a little bit metal, a little bit funky, with timeless lyrics in Hebrew and Aramaic. 


We ended the session with,
18. Love Island - Deodato


A Great Time was had by All. Much thanks to Sotto for their hospitality. Looking forward to seeing you at our next event. 


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Jazz Only Oct. 2019

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Oct. 19, 2019 - Jazz Only Vinyl at Sotto

WOW! If you weren’t there, you missed a good one.


Another Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. A little crisp, but a nice day to be out and about and enjoying the day. AND, to be at Sotto DC for a fantastic Jazz Only vinyl session. Our Jazz Only sessions have taken a turn and just got deeper. For me, the greatest thing about the sessions are the people who attend. YOU and Your Music are what makes the session.


Much thanks go out to Zach McGant, our DJ and to Sotto for their hospitality. Great spot for our listening needs. Zach set up the room with a microphone and I think it made people want to talk, which was a good thing.  Each selection had interesting introductions by the presenters. 


We started off the set with a relative unknown artist Kiefer with

Memories of You

Alone Together - Eric Dolphy

Sermonette - Milt Jackson

Things A’int What They Use to Be - Dave Brubeck

Along the Nile - Ahmad Jamal

Pavane For Dead Princess - Deodato


After the end of each song, we got into around the room discussions about the artist and/or the music. What I was the beginning notice was the variation in jazz music styles from song to song. That’s when we began discussions around categories of jazz. We had a display screen attached to a laptop. I showed a list of some Jazz categories.

Acid Jazz,     Avant-Garde Jazz 

Bebop,         Big Band/Swing 

Blue Note,   Contemporary Jazz 

Cool,              Crossover Jazz 

Dixieland,    Ethio-jazz 

Fusion,         Gypsy Jazz 

Hard Bop,    Latin Jazz 

Mainstream Jazz, Ragtime 

Smooth Jazz,  Straight-Ahead Jazz 

Trad Jazz 

And there are many more.  If you delve into the meaning of each, there is a distinct difference.


Back To The Music - 

Horn of Life - Horace Silver

Revelation - Doug Carn

Silvers Serenade - Horace Silver

I’ll Be Good to You - Brothers Johnson

Compared to What - Les McCann & Eddie Harris

Touch - John Klemmer


There were continued discussions around each selection. 

Educating,   Entertaining,   Engaging,   Enjoyable,   Edifying. 


It was a good session. 

Before we ended, I recognized and welcomed two new official members of the Vinyl Listening Lounge Club: Mindore Green and Dr. Nick Johnson.


Our next vinyl event will be an All Music Genre session on Nov. 9 at Provost Restaurant in NE DC. Stay Tuned 


Jazz Only Sept. 2019

What A Day!
Sept. 7, 2019


It was a beautiful day to be outside in DC today.   It was also a good day to be inside as part of the first Jazz Only vinyl listening session at Sotto DC. A great spot for lounging, great conversations, food and of course listening to outstanding music by remarkable musicians.

We started off the session randomly from two different listeners with selections from Miles Davis. And we chatted and chilled on the vibes to the end.

Quote of the Day

Near the end of the session, a first-time listener who enjoyed the experience asked if I was doing this anyplace else other than the DMV (DC, MD,  VA)? I said no, but the plan is to go anywhere there is an appeal. The person said to me, “You should look at New Orleans”.  

Not a bad idea. I will put that in my Things to Do list. Who knows? Just maybe. It’s a music town. It’s possible.  Ironically, later and after the event, I was talking over the phone to a longtime friend. Without knowledge of my previous conversation, my friend just happened to mention about going to New Orleans next year. Twice in one day out of the blue about going to NOLA conversations. Stay tuned.

Here are some of the selections that were played.
Nefertiti    -  Miles Davis  
AH-LEU-CHA  -  Miles Davis
Sun Goddess  -  Ramsey  Lewis
Every time I See You  -  Roy  Ayers
Laura   -   Dexter  Gordon
Free  -  Ornette  Coleman
The  In  Crowd  -  Ramsey  Lewis
You  and  I   -  Stanley  Turrentine  
The Pursuit of the Woman in the Feathered Hat  - Weather Report
Turiya  &  Ramakrishna  -  Alice  Coltrane
Nutty  -  Thelonius  Monk
Ponciana   -  Gato  Barberi
Ninterro   -  Noel  Pointer
Teach  Me  Tonight  -  Phoebe  Snow   
Look- A- Like   -  Bob James

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Jazz Only July 2019

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July 27, 2019 - A Jazz Only Vinyl Listening Session

​“WOW! This Was A Great Event”

Those were the words of a guest of our last and first Jazz Only Vinyl Listening Lounge session event. It was a great success until near the end when we got drowned out by a kid’s gathering. The playlist of artist represented the Who’s Who in the Jazz world.

We started out the session with the selection;

“Chameleon” by the great Herbie Hancock. 


Other selections and artist included:
Coleman Hawkins             Alberta Hunter Hunter       
Dollar Brand                       Ron Carter
Lee Morgan                         Stan Getz
Ahmad Jamal                      De De Bridgewater

Frank Sinatra                     Gato Barberi
Jerry Mulligan                    Andrew Hill

The discussions of various artists, musical selections, and related information was stimulating. The conversations were knowledgeable, topics varied, and fact checked. What impressed me most was the coming together of strangers who have a common interest of jazz music on vinyl and then leaving as an acquaintance to someone not known before the session.

There was a kid invasion which was unexpected and presented a different atmosphere in the room. One of the goals of the Vinyl LLC is listening to music on vinyl in an intimate setting. Your presence and participation gives me the incentive to continue with these type of sessions. However, I need your help in finding location settings that would be suitable for our type of event. It’s not essential, but I would prefer a place where food and/or drink. We are called a Lounge Club because I would prefer guests to feel that they are in a place that has a relaxing, intimate, and closed environment. Please send me your suggestions.

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Jazz Only Vinyl Sessions

Sept. 9, 2019 - WOW! If you were not there, you missed it.

Sept. 9, 2019 - WOW! If you were not there, you missed it.

Sept. 9, 2019 - WOW! If you were not there, you missed it.

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Another Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. A little crisp, but a nice day to be out and about and enjoying the day. AND, to be at Sotto DC for a fantastic Jazz Only vinyl session. Our Jazz Only sessions have taken a turn and just got deeper. For me, the greatest thing about the sessions are the people who attend. We had new and customary guests. YOU and Your Music are what makes the session.


Much thanks go out to Zach McGant, our DJ and to Sotto for their hospitality. Great spot for our listening needs. Zach set up the room with a microphone and I think it made people want to talk. Which was a good thing. Each selection had interesting introductions by the presenters. 


We started off the set with a relative unknown artist Kiefer with Memories of You. Followed by:

Alone Together - Eric Dolphy

Sermonette - Milt Jackson

Things A’int What They Use to Be - Dave Brubeck

Along the Nile - Ahmad Jamal

Pavane For Dead Princess - Deodato


After the end of each song, we got into around the room discussions about the artist and/or the music. What I was the beginning notice was the variation in jazz music styles from song to song. That’s when we began discussions around categories of jazz. We had a display screen attached to a laptop. I anticipated this and showed a list and meanings of some Jazz categories;


Acid Jazz,           Avant-Garde Jazz 

Bebop,                 Big Band/Swing 

Blue Note,          Contemporary Jazz 

Cool,                     Crossover Jazz 

Dixieland,             Ethio-jazz 

Fusion,                 Gypsy Jazz 

Hard Bop,             Latin Jazz 

Mainstream Jazz,  Ragtime 

Smooth Jazz,       Straight-Ahead Jazz 

Trad Jazz 

And there are MANY more. If you delve into the meaning of each, there is a distinct difference. The comments were heavy.


Back To The Music - 

Horn of Life - Horace Silver

Revelation - Doug Carn

Silvers Serenade - Horace Silver

I’ll Be Good to You - Brothers Johnson

Compared to What - Les McCann & Eddie Harris

Touch - John Klemmer


We continued discussions around each selection. 

Educating, Entertaining, Engaging, Enjoyable, Edifying. 


Before we ended, I recognized and welcomed two new official members to the Vinyl Listening Lounge Club: Mindore Green and Dr. Nick Johnson. It was a good session. 


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