I’m not really a dawdling-about type of person but looking here one could believe I have a masters degree in procrastination! I had not finished posting my November(!!) trip to Chile when I went off home to Australia for 3 weeks and here I’ve been back 3 weeks and have neither continued on with Chile nor done anything on Australia except show a photo of me with a baby. He is a lovely special baby though!
So while I ponder the order of posting Chile & Australia, here’s what we did last night……
We attended a performance by the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra titled “Forms of the Blues“. Their concerts are most often held in the Baird Auditorium of the National Museum of American History. The Museum’s collection includes 100,000 pages of unpublished music composed by Duke Ellington as well as Ella Fitzgerald’s famous red dress, Dizzy Gillespie’s angled trumpet, Buddy Rich’s Drum set, Benny Goodman’s clarinet and John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme manuscript.
Photos are not allowed once the performance begins so I took this shot as we first sat down – the screen shows Glenn Miller because the first piece played was one he played often – St. Louis Blues March (composed by W.C. Handy) Wonderful black & white photos were screened as Director & Conductor, Charlie Young, introduced each new piece. The repertoire included Duke Ellington, Quincy Jones, Dizzy Gillespie, Dave Brubeck and Miles Davis.
It was a really enjoyable concert with some standout solos; I think everyone in the orchestra got a turn to show off their talent but I was especially thrilled to see the two female members get the opportunity to really show what they could do. Jennifer Krupa on trombone and Leigh Pilzer on saxophone. And, after every performance where I see a double bass featured I know I want to learn to play one!
One of the great advantages to living where we do is the metro – everything is a short walk to a metro station in DC. On our wander from the museum to the station….
Now I really must get back to a regular posting schedule!