Recent Doings

Wifey and I escaped for a couple of days mid week to visit with my sis and her hubby down in Middlebury CT. Bro-in-law, “The Cap’t, recently took delivery of a new boat that we got a chance to check-out on what turned out to be a beautiful Wednesday to go for a sail on Long Island Sound.

The boat, the boat, the boat!


Snacks and refreshments on the quarterdeck before heading out for a sail on Long Island Sound.


Wifey piloting the "5 Cs" out on The Sound.

The weekend before, wifey and I attended the 35th Jazz Festival at Saratoga for the second year in a row. The Saratoga Jazz Fest originally was The Newport Jazz Festival Saratoga back in 1978. The featured performer the day we went was Chris Botti.

Arriving on SPAC grounds for the Saratoga Jazz Fest around noon on Saturday.


The Amphitheater lawn became a sea of people and coolers on a very hot afternoon.


Chris Botti during his 7:30 PM set. We had good seats inside the Amphitheater.


Another crowd pic.


Esperanza Spalding and her "Radio Music Society" at the 5:50 PM set.

The show started at noon with Mario Abney Group; then at 1:20, Christian McBride Inside Straight – a great group; at 2:40, Michel Camilo “Mano a Mano” with Giovanni Hidalgo and Charles Flores – another good group; then at 4:10, the Mingus Big Band, playing some great standards and music of Charles Mingus; at 5:50, Esperanza Spalding “Radio Music Society”; 7:30 Chris Botti, a great performer; and the evening finished with Maceo Parker at 9:15 (actually closer to 10 start). Having played for the funk master, “Mr James Brown”, I was eager to hear that sound, which much to my chagrin was a bit too loud for my ears, so, we departed after the 3rd song around 10:30. It was a full day of good music and fun.




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