Reno has a great local FM radio station KTHX branded as 100.1 The X.
The X has been in Reno for 19 years. Last night they celebrated their
birthday by having a concert for charity. Stones For Bones featured 19
local bands, one for each year The X has been in business. Each band
played a different Rolling Stones song.The concert benefited The Nevada
Opera, The Reno Chamber Orchestra, and The Washoe County School
District's "Music In Schools" program.
It was a great concert. You would think that with 19 bands it would
drag but you really have to give credit to the people who organized the
show. It moved quickly and was fun! In addition to the bands there were
also a couple of Rolling Stones songs performed by people from The Reno
Chamber Orchestra and The Nevada Opera. There was even a performance
of You Can't Always Get What You Want by a choir from a local
elementary school with the opera singers and the chamber orchestra.
They all seemed to be having a great time and the audience loved it. To
hear kids, opera singers, and violins playing The Rollings Stones was
funny and great!
Not only was the music great but the whole event
was just plain fun. Reno has always had a great music culture. It
started back when every casino had an orchestra and it continues today.
All 19 bands in this concert were good and some of them were great. It
sounded like what was happening back stage was amazing too with the musicians connecting,
talking, and generally having a good time. The audience of 500 filled
the Nugget show room and we had great time too.
Todd Jonz – Musician and Man of Many Interests – Episode 3 of the Marion Vermazen Podcast
My goal for this podcast is to have interesting conversations with interesting people and to have fun doing it. In this show I interview an old friend, Todd Jonz about his life in rural Vermont and Prince Edward Island, Canada. I think you will enjoy listening to our conversation.
Here are some links to some of the things we discussed
Castleton State College Music Ensembles
Green Mountain College Music
The Trombone Forum
Todd's profile and picture on the Trombone Forum
The Book What Color is Your Parachute
News sites mentioned
The Daily Beast
The New York Times
The Wall Street Journal
Ed Felton's Freedom to Tinker
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Last Monday night Duke and I went to see Department of Good & Evil featuring Rachel Z at Yoshi’s. It was the CD release party for their new CD named the same as the group name. What a talented trio. Rachel’s piano playing just dazzled me. Maeve Royce who played the acoustic bass and Bobbie Rae who played the drums were fantastic too.
I wish I was a more educated music listener. One of my favorites of the pieces that they played was an arrangement of Sting’s “King of Pain”. Unfortunately I can’t remember the original or if I have ever heard it. I certainly enjoyed the performance Monday night and now I want to listen to the Sting song.
Many of the one night stands that we have been to at Yoshis have been awesome. They are usually not sold out so the feeling is very intimate and I often discover something new to me and very special. Rachel Z is exactly that.
In the last couple of weeks we saw two great concerts at Yoshi’s. In some ways they were opposites of each other but what they had in common was how much I enjoyed them.
On Tuesday, March 6 we saw Sean Jones. He is 28 and the lead trumpeter with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. I think all of the guys playing with him were younger than him and in fact a couple of them were still in school but wow! what talent. He only played for one night and it wasn’t sold out but it was clear that he is on the way up. It was wonderful to hear.
Last Sunday, March 11 we got to see Stanley Clark. His Yoshi’s bio said:
Bassist, composer, arranger, producer, bandleader and film score
composer, Stanley Clarke is one of the most celebrated bass players in
the world. For over thirty years, Clarke has received virtually every
honor – including a Grammy, seven Grammy nominations and three Emmy
nominations. He was voted Best Bassist by Playboy for 10 consecutive
years and is a member of Guitar Player‘s "Gallery of Greats."
Clark played for 2 shows a night for four nights and all the shows were sold out. I’ve never seen anyone play like him. Part of the time he played the bass like a guitar. The energy level and the music transported me. He is 55 . It was clear that I was in the presence of greatness.
We went to Yoshi’s last night to hear Don Byron. He had a sextet and he played the saxophone and the clarinet. It was a great show. I really enjoyed it. Duke is a volunteer driver for Yoshi’s and we get free tickets when he drives musicians to the airport. He Just left to drive Don Byron.
Before we went to the show last night we watched Michael Chrichton on Charlie Rose. It was a very interesting interview – One of the best I have seen. Coincidentally I just picked up Michael Chrichton’s book Travels from the library.
I usually am reading more than one book at a time. Right now I am two thirds of the way through Theodore Rex by Edmund Morris and I have just started Team of Rivals by Doris Hearns Goodwin which I am reading for my non fiction books club. In addition my light reading is Simple Living by Frank Levering and Wanda Urbanska. I’ve read it before but I like to reread books I have enjoyed.
Duke and I are off on a grand adventure. (490 miles so far) We are driving down into Mexico to do some exploring and to stay a week at a condo in Manzanilla. On Wednesday we left Union City and drove to Escondido down near San Diego to spend a day with my parents helping to instal the new printer they received for Christmas and to visit and hel;p with a few other tasks. Tomorrow we are off to Tucson.
I haven’t blogged in a while. Lot’s going on. One of the highlights was a trip to the Computer History Museum right before Christmas. My daughter works there but it was my first visit. It felt like going through a museum of my working career. They had pretty much every computer I ever worked on, IBM 360, Univac, PDP 11, Data General Eclipse, early CP/M machines, the Compaq portable that looked like a sewing machine, Sun machines, and of course PCs. The highlight of the visit was when the guys who had renovated the museum’s PDP1 computer ran it to lead us in Christmas carols. It was so cool to see them run the paper tape programs through the machine and flip the switches on the front of the computer to play the carols. The man running the PDP 1 was one of the original programers of the machine, Peter Samson. According to his wikipedia article “For the restoration project he reverse-engineered music tapes from the PDP-1 era and built a player for the museum.” I highly recommend touring the museum if you get a chance. i plan to go back again soon