Giving Back, a nonprofit advertising company dedicated to promoting nonprofit organizations in the Charlottesville area, recently published their September issue with wonderful article about the work that Nursing Homes Swing is doing and how others can help. See pages 8 and 12 of this issue (use the arrow keys at the bottom to turn pages) for the article.
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, and we just added some new ones this March.
Also take a look at Music and Memory, a non-profit organization that brings personalized music into the lives of the elderly or infirm through digital music technology, vastly improving quality of life. They're doing great work that has a lot in common with Nursing Homes Swing.
We hope that you will consider giving some of your time to Nursing Homes Swing and enjoy the live music at the same time that you help others to do so. The small staff of people who arrange the Nursing Homes Swing performances could use some help making these concerts go smoothly. If you can show up a little early to one or two of the performances each month, check with the 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 efforts made it all the more enjoyable for the residents, the staff, and the musicians. Contact us for more information about volunteering.
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.
Several Nursing Homes Swing musicians have recently released a CD as The Heptatonic Jazz Quintet featuring Dick Orange. Their album "Gin & Heptatonic" is available on Spotify, Apple Music, and all the major streaming services.
Please visit our featured performer: Katherine Shaver.
Mon., Sept 3: Charlottesville Health & Rehab.
3:00 Royce Campbell, guitar & Bob Bowen, bass
Wed., Sept. 5: Cedars Healthcare Center
3:00 Nadine Chase Jazz Ensemble with Nadine Chase, vocals, Tom Harbeck, guitar & Bob Bowen, bass
Thurs., Sept. 6: Betty J. Queen Center
1:00 Cool Lane: Eddie White, guitar & Ayuko White, bass
Sat., Sept.8: Mountainside Senior Living
2:30 Haywood Giles Quartet with Haywood Giles, sax, Drex Weaver, drums, Lew Morrison, bass & Randy Johnston, guitar
Tues., Sept. 11: Rosewood Village/Greenbrier
3:00 Rick Larue, violin & Noriko Donahue, piano
Thurs., Sept. 13: Rosewood Village/Hollymead
3:00 Victor Lee Quintet with Victor Lee, clarinet, David Weiss, piano, Joe Tucker, vibes, Gary Rockwell, drums & Andre LaVelle, bass
Mon., Sept. 17: Mary Williams Center
10:30 Paulien Quartet with Paulien, vocals, Gerard Brikkenaar van Dijk, piano, Bob Bowen, bass & Royce Campbell, guitar
Fri., Sept. 21: Our Lady of Peace
3:00 Rosetta with Susanna Rosen, vocals, Bob Bennetta, piano, Richard Adams, horns & Andre LaVelle, bass
Mon., Sept. 24: Morningside
3:00 Zuzu’s Hot 5 with Susanna Rosen, vocals, Richard Adams, horns, Paul Rosen, banjo & Sam Green, bass
Tues., Sept. 25: Laurels
3:00 Flashbacks Big Band
Thurs., Sept. 27: Lodge at Old Trail
3:00 Carol Carr, piano
Fri., Sept. 28: Charlottesville Pointe
3:00 Doug Hepler, 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.
Nursing Homes Swing is supported by the following organizations: