2011 OC Traditional Jazz Festival

Nothing Else Counts In This World!   

A Great Afternoon And Evening Begins At A Winery... Oh Yes!

OC South Coast Winery before the Jazz Festival
Bob and Donna are Wine Club members so we got a deal

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Hidden in plain sight on Bristol in Santa Ana

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Donna and Sue really study the potential selections

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Bob and Paul say "Yes Dear" and drink whatever crosses our pallet

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Sue looks up for inspiration

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She has found something

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Paul is quite satisfied

SC Winery Banner

Three Hours Later We Head To The Jazz Festival At The Hilton

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"What... I thought we were going to another winery??"

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The map wizards try to find out where we are

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Herb found us and rescued us....

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The big band plays on


What should we play next???

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The fuzzy things are Bob and Donna dancing.... No camera is fast enough

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Great music from the twelve piece big band
Mike Henebry Orchestra Dance Party

Did You Know? - The MIKE HENEBRY ORCHESTRA is a SWING ERA BIG BAND from the Southern California area (Orange County). They play the music of, basically, the years 1935-1948. In their incredible library of over 1900 charts, they have authentic arrangements from all of the major bands of the period: Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, Duke Ellington, Harry James, Woody Herman, etc.

Many of the Arrangements are the Real McCoy! For example, over 300 of the Benny Goodman arrangements came from the actual Benny Goodman library. Many of the Artie Shaw charts were acquired directly from Mr. Shaw himself! In these cases, these are the "actual" arrangements used to make the famous hit recordings (not a facsimile or an approximation like most bands play). When you put top-caliber musicians behind the "actual" music, you get a sound that is nearly identical to the original!

The band recreates the sound of the bands that gave us what is generally considered to be the very best of the American popular music to date. Everybody still loves the music… In The Mood, Moonlight Serenade, Let's Dance, Marie, I'm Getting Sentimental Over You, Flat Foot Floogie, Tuxedo Junction, Begin The Beguine, A String Of Pearls, Boogie Woogie, Woodchoppers Ball, Little Brown Jug, Sing, Sing, Sing…


Ginger Pauley brought the songs to life

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Herb and Irene with daughter Ellen and friend

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"Who Me?"

We Are Also Celebrating Irene's Birthday (Which Was Last Wednesday)

Remember - In childhood, we yearn to be grown-ups. In old age, we yearn to be kids. It just seems that all would be wonderful if we didn't have to celebrate our birthdays in chronological order. ~Robert Brault

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The Birthday Girl - She finally slowed down enough to capture her image on the camera

Remember - A true friend unbosoms freely, advises justly, assists readily, adventures boldly, takes all patiently, defends courageously, and continues a friend unchangeably. ~William Penn

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Irene and Ellen

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What? Ice water??? OMG! This can't be?

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Sue is NOT holding water....

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We danced and danced... Good music

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Try some of this magical music and then buy the CD

  1. Let's Dance
  2. Sing, Sing, Sing
  3. All The Things You Are
  4. I Would Do Anything For You
  5. Marie
  6. Moonlight Serenade
  7. It's Only A Paper Moon
  8. A String Of Pearls

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Mike was quite funny...

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...and he played several instruments

Cajun Music With Tom Rigney & Flambeau Was Next On The Menu

Did You Know? - Tom Rigney, the fiery, electrifying violinist/ composer, joins forces with some of the finest musicians on the San Francisco roots music scene to form Tom Rigney and Flambeau, a band that generates enough heat and energy to ignite a dance floor or lift an audience to its feet. Now into his second decade as the leader of Flambeau, the flamboyant Rigney has leapt dramatically into the spotlight as a performer and as a composer. Flambeau showcases his passionate, virtuoso fiddling, his commanding, charismatic stage presence, his range and originality as a composer, and, of course, those notorious red boots! His bandmates are all longtime veterans of the Bay Area roots music scene and together they have forged a unique sound that blends American Roots styles into something completely original and HOT--a sound that mixes irresistibly infectious grooves with deep musicality, tight ensemble playing, and spectacular solos.

Flambeau specializes in blazing Cajun and zydeco two-steps, low-down blues, funky New Orleans grooves, Boogie Woogie piano, and heartbreakingly beautiful ballads and waltzes. Most of the repertoire is composed by Rigney, but they also mix in a few classics from the Cajun/zydeco/New Orleans songbook. And if, along the way, you pick up a trace of Rigney's Irish roots, or echoes of Eastern Europe or the coast of Spain, it just makes the musical gumbo that much tastier. In recent years Rigney's skills as a composer have broadened and deepened, and he is today writing some of the most evocative and compelling music you will hear anywhere. His violin playing is ferociously virtuosic one minute, and tonally rich and emotionally charged the next. And Rigney's charismatic stage presence, humor, and high-energy showmanship pull the audience into his performances and make them feel that they are a part of the music and the show.

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The parasol is out again.... Watch out

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Oh oh... She is going wild

Did You Know? - An umbrella or parasol (also called a brolly, rainshade, sunshade, gamp or bumbershoot) is a canopy designed to protect against rain or sunlight. The term parasol usually refers to an item designed to protect from the sun; umbrella refers to a device more suited to protect from rain. Often the difference is the material; some parasols are not waterproof. Parasols are often meant to be fixed to one point and often used with patio tables or other outdoor furniture. Umbrellas are almost exclusively hand-held portable devices; however, parasols can also be hand-held.

The word umbrella comes from the Latin word umbra, meaning shade or shadow (the Latin word, in turn, derives from the Ancient Greek ómbros [όμβρος].) Brolly is a slang word for umbrella, used often in Britain, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, and Kenya. Bumbershoot is a fanciful Americanism from the late 19th century.

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A coordinated strut is now taking place in the shade of the umbrella

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This is the attack position and down there it will NOT hold water when it rains

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Xylophone anyone? We were "strutted" by this charming lady

Did You Know? - The xylophone (from the Greek words ξύλον — xylon, "wood" + φωνή —phonē, "sound, voice", meaning "wooden sound") is a musical instrument in the percussion family that consists of wooden bars struck by mallets. Each bar is an idiophone tuned to a pitch of a musical scale, whether pentatonic or heptatonic in the case of many African and Asian instruments, diatonic in many western children's instruments, or chromatic for orchestral use.

The term may be used generally, to include all such instruments, such as the marimba and balafon or, more specifically, to refer to an orchestral instrument of somewhat higher pitch range than the chromatic marimba. It is sometimes mistakenly used of similar lithophones and metallophone instruments of the glockenspiel type such as the pixiphone.

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The heard the word "Line Dance" and off they go

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Dad and Daughter living life to the fullest


Don't be dismayed at good-byes. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again.
And meeting again, after moments or lifetime, is certain for those who are friends. ~Richard Bach