Fundraiser at Cville Coffee: Cville Coffee was hopping and swinging on April Fools Day as NHS held it's first fundraiser of the year. Emcee Bob Ducharme lived up to his charming name as he introduced musicians, raffled the 18 great prizes and educated the enthusiastic audience about NHS. Then there was the music! The house band (Vince Lewis, Haywood Giles, Steve Brecker, Jim Howe, Steve Baber, Victor Lee, and Lew Morrison) hitting on all cylinders, and their special guests keeping right up with them. International favorite Paulien was joined by her pianist husband, Gerard and C'ville's wondrous Bob Bowen for a touch of Paris. The joyful yet mesmerizing Rick Larue and Noriko Donahue, handling Bartok as well as a Hot Canary. Richard Adams, his euphonium, his delightful stories and versatility accompanied by deft-fingered Tom Harbeck. Mary Beth making it clear she should have been alive in 1945. Singing Brad Sayler flirting with the audience. A standing ovation for Jackie Hostage, the ball of fire founder and Chair of NHS. The whole evening was like a dynamic song--nice build-up, increasing intensity, resolution, and satisfaction.
But that ain't all, folks! We all benefited from being there, but the real beneficiaries are the hundreds of folks we'll reach this year through our NHS program. There were gasps from the audience as Mr. Ducharme rattled off some stats - performances at 12 homes each month, 10 years of entertainment, 30,000 community elders lives brightened by live music! We of NHS are invigorated and ready to keep going. It's all good, and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Our thanks to: Gary Funston and the C’ville Jazz Society for their continuing support and their help in promoting this event; to Bob Ducharme for a masterful job as Emcee; and to Bruce Penner for his assist with the sound system.
A big round of applause for the band Steve Baber, Steve Brecker, Haywood Giles, Jim Howe, Victor Lee, Vince Lewis, Lew Morrison and for and our special guests: Richard Adams, Bob Bowen, Noriko Donahue, Tom Harbeck, Rick LaRue, Paulien, Mary Beth Revak, and Brad Sayler who performed so wonderfully. And a special thank you to Mary Beth Revak for also organizing the band and inspiring everyone to give it their best. Contributing their time and talent to make this a success serves to remind us what really nice people musicians are.
We would like to extend a big THANK YOU to the generous merchants and individuals who donated such terrific door prizes for this fundraiser: Alakazam, Blenheim Vineyards, Burger Bach at Stonefield, Chick Fil-A, Darling Boutique, Duck Donuts, Fellinis, J. Hostage, Joan Fenton Too, Rebecca's Natural Food, M. B. Revak, Margot Lee Shetterly, Dava Sobel, Splendora Gelato, Sticks Kebob, and Trader Joe's.
Visit our New Page: 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.
Project Life Enhancement: We continue to seek donations of instruments, keyboards, iPods, radios, CD players, electronic games, tablets or laptops, or music or keyboard stands so that Nursing Homes Swing can be a conduit for acquiring and distributing items that can enhance the life of the residents. If you have any “extra” items sitting around unused, please contact Mary Beth Revak or send us a message through the Contact page. Your donations can help to enrich the lives of nursing home residents—young or old—especially someone in one of the Medicare dependent homes.
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: Dick Orange here.
Tues., May 2: Betty J Queen Center
11:00 Blue O’Connell, guitar & vocals
Wed., May 3: Lodge at Old Trail
3:00 Veronica Swift, vocals & Garen Dorsey, piano
Wed., May 3: Cedars Health & Rehab. Center
3:00 Lovell Coleman Quintet
Tues., May 9: RoseWood Village/Greenbrier
3:00 Burt Marks Trio w/ Audrey Goldsmith, piano & Bob Bowen, bass
Thurs., May 11: Morningside
3:00 Stephanie Nakasian, vocals & Randy Johnston, guitar
Sat., May 13: Mountainside
2:30 Brad Sayler Quartet w/ Steve Baber, Lew Morrison, Jim Wray & Mark Lee
Mon., May 15: Trinity Mission
3:00 Lulu & Friends, vocals & guitar
Thurs., May 18: RoseWood Village/Hollymead
3:00 Jazz Trio w/ Robert LaRue, sax, David Weiss, piano & Joe Tucker, bass
Fri., May 19: Our Lady of Peace
3:00 Jim Howe Quartet
Tues., May 23: Cville Health & Rehab
3:00 Richard Adams Trio w/ Tom Harbeck & Lew Morrison
Thurs., May 25: Martha Jefferson House
3:00 Paulien Trio w/ Bob Bowen, bass and Bill Edmonds, guitar
Mon., May 29: Laurels
3:00 David Drubin & the Groove Merchants w/ Bob Bowen, bass and Bill Edmonds, guitar
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.