The Community Endowment Fund of the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation has granted Nursing Homes Swing a generous grant that will be a huge help as we bring live jazz to Charlottesville area nursing homes in 2018. As their web site describes, the Community Foundation was established in 1967 as an engine for positive change in Charlottesville and the surrounding counties of Albemarle, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Nelson and Orange. They work with local residents, non-profits, as well as public and private organizations to facilitate philanthropy and improve the quality of life in our area.
Helping out Nursing Homes Swing: as we move into the new year, consider giving some of your time to Nursing Homes Swing to enjoy some live jazz and to help others do so. The small staff of people who arrange the Nursing Homes Swing performances could use some help making these concerts go even more smoothly. If you can show up a little early to one or two of these 3:00 PM performances each month, check with that nursing home's activity director to ensure that the residents know about and attend the concert, and take a head count, you can then sit with the residents to enjoy the music knowing that your small efforts made it all more enjoyable for the the residents, the staff, and the musicians. Contact us for more information about volunteering.
Take a look: at the videos that we have uploaded to the Performance Videos page. They will give you a good idea what a Nursing Homes Swing event is like.
Musicians: Update or include your information for the Musician Listings. We send periodic reminders to the activities directors of the nursing homes that musicians are listed on our website so that they can contact them directly when they need music for additional events. Fees are negotiated directly with the musicians. This has worked well for some of the musicians with several events being arranged in the past few months. We look forward to the list being a good resource for other venues—restaurants, wineries, etc.—as soon as we get the word out. If you want to send your information, I'll be happy to post it to the site.
Please visit our featured performer: Bill Edmonds.
Thurs., Mar. 1: Morningside
3:00 Steve Brecker Quartet with Bob Bowen, bass; Bill Edmonds, guitar; and, Nick Maglione, drums
Wed., Mar. 7: Cedars Healthcare Center
3:00 Jazz 1-2-3 with Robert Larue, sax, Joe Tucker, bass, David Weiss,
Sat., Mar. 10: Mountainside Assisted Living
2:30 Jason Lyman Quartet with Jim Howe, drums, Haywood Giles, sax &
Mitch Sams, bass
Mon., Mar. 12: Mary Williams Center
10:30 Doug Hepler, guitar & vocals
Tues., Mar. 13: Rosewood Village/Greenbrier
3:00 Richard Adams Trio with Tom Harbeck, guitar & Lew Morrison, bass
Thurs., Mar. 15: Rosewood Village//Hollymead
3:00 Royce Campbell, guitar & Bob Bowen, bass
Fri., Mar. 16: Our Lady of Peace
3:00 Bill Edmonds, guitar & vocals
Fri. Mar. 16: C'ville Health & Rehab.
3:00 Lulu & Friends, guitar and vocals
Wed., Mar. 21: Charlottesvile Pointe
3:00 New Horizons Band
Tues., Mar. 27: Laurels
3:00 Blue O'Connell, guitar & vocals
Thurs., Mar. 29: Betty J. Queen Center
11:00 Stan Hamrick, guitar & vocals
You are welcome to join us at any event to find out just what Nursing Homes Swing is all about. Just let us know ahead of time (434-973-3956) so that we can inform the residence.
If you would like to know what else is happening this month in our area, take a look at http://cvillejazz.org/ and click on the “Events in Town” link.