Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Chatfield Show-2/17/11

What a great time had by all in Chatfield. There was magic in the air the whole trip. What can I say? Monica and the library staff were so welcoming. It was a great celebration and we were glad to be a part of it. So many of the audience members came up to me after the show to express their appreciation. It is the 96th birthday of one of the awesome Carnegie Libraries!! A lovely posting and some photos are on the libraries' website at: http://www3.selco.info/cpl/

Staying overnite at this beautiful bed and breakfast: Oakenwald Terrace made the trip so much easier. If you ever stop in, ask to see the "Doll Room". Woke up the next day and after a wonderful breakfast at Oakenwald, headed over to the (Amazing!) Chatfield Brass Band & Music Lending Library where they house a remarkable collection of catalogued band music. Go to: http://chatfieldband.lib.mn.us/ and check out the great history of this place. Band leaders, take note. Thanks to the wonderful volunteers who keep up this national treasure!!!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

I Got Rhythm

One of the songs in the show is "I Got Rhythm"

by George and Ira Gershwin, originally written for the show "Girl Crazy". Here is a great article @NPR which speaks to the evolution and the significance of this song to the jazz world:


Thursday, February 10, 2011

Next stop Chatfield, MN

We are headed to Chatfield MN to perform " Happy Days Are Here Again" at the Chatfield Public Library on Thursday February 17th at 7 p.m. It is the library's 96th birthday. For more info, go to:

I am excited to see a new part of MN. I will keep you posted on the whole experience. Think I will be staying overnite as it is a two hour drive from the cities and I would rather not rush away and drive the winter roads later at night. I can then leave in the morning when it is sunny and light and I can see the countryside. More later...

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Rhonda Laurie Sings for the Crowd

Cortney took this photo at the Elim Home in Milaca. What a doll! It was a beautiful space and this is the place that has the amazing sound system. Gary Schulte on violin, Jeff Brueske on bass, Reynold Philipsek on manouche guitar.