January 14, 2019 / GaryB / Comments Off on “Jazz After the Second World War” by Gil Harel, March 12, 2019
“Jazz After the Second World War”
Davis. Coltrane. Parker. These names are pillars of jazz history. To the long-time connoisseur and the curious neophyte alike, their lives and music continue to inspire – and perplex. With its roots in gospel and blues music, jazz evolved into a popular style by the 1930s, with swing music dominating the American dance floor. But after the Second World War, things began to change at a rapid pace. Gone were the large swing bands, replaced by smaller, tight-knit ensembles playing strange and virtuosic music. Carnegie Hall, host to Benny Goodman’s band in the late 1930s, was supplanted by future jazz meccas such as Minton’s Playhouse, the Onyx Club, and Birdland. A dark side of jazz culture – drug and alcohol abuse – began to rear its head, afflicting many of the greatest performers and claiming many lives all too early. Amidst a sea of tumultuous race relations, a steadily evolving record industry, and swiftly changing musical styles, one thing remained constant – the impulse to innovate.
Gil Harel (PhD, Brandeis University) is a musicologist and music theorist whose interests include styles ranging from classical repertoire to jazz and popular music, as well as opera, medieval, and renaissance music. Previously, he has served on the faculty at CUNY Baruch College, where he was awarded the prestigious “Presidential Excellence Award for Distinguished Teaching”, as well as the Southwestern University of Finance and Economics in Chengdu, China. Currently, he teaches at Naugatuck Valley Community College, where he was recently presented with the “Merit Award for Exemplary Service to the College.” At NVCC, Dr. Harel conducts the college chorale, teaches music history and theory, and serves as musical director of theater productions. His commitment to community-oriented lecturing spans many years. In addition to regularly leading seminars for Brandeis University’s BOLLI program, he has been hosted as a featured speaker at many learning-oriented events in Connecticut, New York, as well as Massachusetts. Outside of teaching, he enjoys staying active as a pianist and vocalist.
The event will be at the DCA. Coffee and sweets at 6:30, program at 7:00.
October 29, 2018 / GaryB / Comments Off on Darien Historical Society: ABOUT TIME THE MASTERWORK OF MARGARET BRASSLER KANE, Nov 7, 2018, 7PM
Complimentary Curator Tour of the Society’s latest exhibit, “About Time: The Masterwork of Margaret Brassler Kane (1909-2006),” With Jay Kane, the artist’s son, and Maggie McIntire, DHS director, presenting.
DMA members can attend free, with a guest. They can sign up at our meeting this week or at the meeting on the morning of the Tour: November 7. Any questions, call me. The Darien Historical Society is located at 45 Old Kings Highway North, in Darien.
Tony Yezzi will again host the annual Christmas Party on Wednesday, December 19, 2018, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Country Club of Darien.
Food service will include one hour of hors d’oeuvres and a sit-down buffet dinner. The menu includes Caesar salad and choice of chicken francaise, grilled salmon or cavatelli bolognese, plus a tasty dessert.
Entertainment is the Darien High School Tudor Singers. Cost is $60 per person with a cash bar.
You can begin signing up at the November 7 meeting.
Thursday November 9th we will be check the lights on the holiday wreaths. We will be meet at 9 AM behind the town hall. Last year we replaced about 195 lights and hope to pass 200 this year. The whole project takes about an hour and a half (the more people who show up the faster the work).
We will have a signup sheet at the Wednesday meetings but all are welcome to attend. They even provide free coffee and donuts.
Good community project and a good time.
Any questions see Jack Fitzgibbons at firstname.lastname@example.org
We fixed the holiday lights for Darien, Wreaths from boxes we were a carry’en. Replacing bulbs, fixing bows, blowing fuses We did our job with no excuses.
So remember well the seven elves of DMA, Working in the cold that November day, We ask no praise, we did our task But next year we might bring a flask!
Leave by 10:00
Lunch at 12:00
Show at 2:00
Home by 6:30.
In this hilarious valentine to show tunes and show people, a forgotten Jazz Age musical comes to life in the living room of a diehard theatre fan. As he eagerly spins his favorite cast album, a fizzy vintage show suddenly appears, exploding with song, dance and pure entertainment. Our quirky narrator fills the plot holes, with laugh-out-loud results. Packed with show-stopping numbers and larger-than-life characters, here’s a Tony Award-winning spoof that will have everyone falling in love with zany musical comedy!
Chris Snyder, chairman, Social Events, reports that Gary Banks has arranged on evening sail on the schooner SoundWaters on September 27 from 5 p.m.-7 p.m., departing from Stamford. Included is a talk about the “Maritime History of Long Island Sound.”
Cost of the two-hour sail is $10 per person. There is space on board for a maximum of 40 people.
Participants are invited to bring their own snacks or beverages such as beer, wine and soft drinks.
Park in Boccuzzi Park, 200 Southfield Ave. Stamford. It is on the West side of Stamford. There is construction in the area, plus the usual I95 congestion through Stamford, so allow extra time. The boat sails promptly at 5. My GPS took me to Exit 6 then left on West, left on Selleck, and right onto Southfield. A crew member will be at the parking lot to give you a parking permit and escort you to the Soundwaters. It is a short walk. There are port-a-johns at the parking lot they ask you to use vs the on-board head. There are also public restrooms off the boardwalk at the Crab Shell.
Dinner after the sail is available at the Crab Shell or Prime – 46 Southfield Ave., Stamford. You can park at Prime/Crab Shell and walk 15 minutes south (to your right) on a pleasant boardwalk to the SoundWaters.
SoundWaters, founded in 1989, is the premier environmental education organization focused on the protection of Long Island Sound and its watershed.
April 16, 2018 / GaryB / Comments Off on Clothing Drive for Hudson Link, May 2, 2018 before our meeting
As you can imagine, for someone who has been wearing prison greens for years, proper civilian clothing is a must and is sorely needed. (New York, which is not atypical, gives a released inmate only $40 and a bus ticket home.) This year’s drive will take place on Wednesday, May 2. Just bring those gently worn items (suits, ties, shirts, pants, sweaters, coats, etc.) that’s been clogging up your closet to the DCA parking lot before our meeting on May 2; a Hudson Link van will be waiting to take it to the Hudson Link office in Ossining, where it will be Ossining office where it will change someone’s life. It will be much appreciated!