Sam Newsome on soprano sax. When Sam knew he was good enough to go professional, he got a job teaching music at a Long Island university so he could support his wife and daughter.
From the Top, belts it out on the piano. He played a jazz riff from the Bad Plus's Reid Anderson, from Minnesota, which is where he met Ethan and drummer Dave King.
Ethan plays some Duke Ellington. To his right is Jonathan Sharp and his wife Shannon. He owns a tee-shirt company for children.
Thanks to psychologist Lisa for these three great photos.
Just finished writing all my thank-you notes. I got everyone's email address and wrote something like:
December 31, 2012
Dear "Amy,"Would you believe we raised in excess of $3,000?
Thank you so much for your generous, tax-deductible donation of $100 to our support group New Directions here in the Philadelphia area.
Your donation will ensure that we will continue our life-saving programs and events.
Thanks for attending the amazing gala last night.
Please retain this note for tax purposes.
Warm holiday wishes,
Ruth Z Deming, MGPGP
I carried the cash home in a paperback novel... and the checks in a small envelope
THE CAST OF CHARACTERS
Michelle lives in Cleveland, Ohio, my old stomping grounds. She works in real estate but her real love is her house in Sagamore Hills, her boyfriend Chris O'Riley, and their cats, including white-haired, blue-eyed Elliott.
received many awards.
Sam Newsome takes a bow after performing on his soprano sax. You should've seen his cheeks puffing up as he played. He learned amazing breathing control so he could make that instrument wail.
He also donated two copies of his latest CD - The Art of of the Soprano - to New Directions.
The 6-yo daughter of a saxophonist friend of his was killed in the Newtown CT shootings.
Deming at 67. Still has all her teeth and half of her hair. And one happy kidney sewn in last April 2011, thanks to Sarah Lynn Deming.
Now Arielle is a student at the London Film School. She wants to make movies. And she will!
Next to her is a yoga teacher Phyllis Berg, who sat ramrod straight during the musical performances.
We also see tall Cathy (short for Catrinel from Romania like my friend Rodica Milahis.) Sarah admired Cathy's shoes, which had unusual heels on them. That's Cathy's boyfriend Tim next to her. I was wearing my pink diabetic socks from the Sox Lady in Furlong, PA.
Ethan saw him and said, "Man, what are you doing here?"
Max is a drummer, and a very good one, said Ethan.
When I worked at Art Matters, I interviewed Robert Woodward, aka "Peanut Butter." Look what that talented man is up to now... doing murals for SEPTA for a $150,000 grant and using Tyler Art School students to help. Wonder if he's still stepping out with Susan Rosenberg.
We were cooing over Quinn's outfit. Everything was given to him. In the brownstone where he lives on the bottom floor, he's friends with everyone, and is designing a wedding for the couple on the second floor. They'll be married in Yosemite! Sarah pulled out a card Quinn made.... fabulously inventive.
You must visit his house.
She made a puff pastry filled with jelly and topped with whipped cream. Is your mouth watering now?
Sarah made a fabulous pumpernickel bread. Where'd you get the recipe? I asked.
It's yours, Mom.
Actually it tastes better than mine. She added 1/2 cup molasses and 1/4 cup honey.
We ate from an assortment of incredible cheeses. My fave was a Bleu Cheese that melted in your mouth. We also finished up the shrimp cocktails - ooh! hot hot sauce b/c of chipotle - and the marinated flank steak.
Tarbell Road - or is it Cowbell, I forget -the fireworks are starting outside
Chris O'Riley, host of the syndicated radio show "From the Top" is also a magnificent pianist. I was in the other room and suddenly I heard GOLDBERG VARIATIONS on the pianoforte.
Can you imagine the honor of being in the same room as all these talented musicians?
Plus, I was sitting next to Adelaide! Diva Mestre puts on one-woman shows in New York.
Alas, time to go home.
Luckily, we only went 20 minutes out of our way, and made it home in two hours.
Check emails, open mail, check blood sugar, make salad for dinner, send out thank-you notes.
Said Happy New Year to Scott at 8 pm before he walks to the train station to work on New Year's Eve.
As for me..... reading time!
Am gonna find these Willeford books thru interlibrary loan on Ethan's recommendation.
HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!