[Dixielandjazz] ROCHESTER JAZZ FESTIVAL Count Basie Band &
BudTuba at aol.com
BudTuba at aol.com
Fri Jun 9 09:19:35 PDT 2006
In a message dated 6/5/2006 10:19:16 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,
barbonestreet at earthlink.net writes:
Hey Bud, glad to see you playing with the Big Boys at a MAJOR Jazz Festival.
See paragraph 4 for your mention.
Yeah..we're trying to keep the faith in front of new jazz fans. We are
scheduled to play from 3:00 - 5-00 PM on the Mary Jemison riverboat. This is not
your big old Mississippi type paddlewheeler, but reminiscent of the Erie
Canal heydays...so you will be packed in sardine-tight (Be sure to apply extra
under arm.) We played there last year on Gibbs Street for three nights set
up right in front of the Eastman Theatre. Naturally, we posed for pictures in
front of the gilt-lettered building marque and now proudly say we played at
the Eastman. The best of all was that we played to standing ovations....not
that surprising, there were no seats for patrons. They were out there
dancing and carrying on..in the street. On our first night they had neglected to
shut off the street to vehicular traffic and the cops had to come out and
block it off impromptu. That helped the festival folks in their learning
process...this year the street is blocked off for the entire festival.
In their expansion of the festival to other out-reaching venues...we are
located as far away from the other bands as possible...hum..I wonder if that was
coincidence? Anyone in town for the festival is advised to show up at the
Corn Hill Landing at 2:00 PM. That way you can become an official band
groupie and help us load gear onboard AND be early in line. We may even start
early to serenade the folks waiting in line. The admission is free, but first
come..first served. Corn Hill Landing is on Exchange Street south of Main which
is the first light on Main west of the Genesee River. It's a good mile hike
from Gibbs Street, but Rochester has finally replaced those gravel horse
paths with cement sidewalks. If you're staying at any of the major downtown
hotels, it's just a nice stroll away. We're very proud of our 30-somethings in
the front line and on piano and look forward to a grand time.
Roy (Bud) Taylor
Smugtown Stompers Jazz Band
'we ain't just whistlin' dixie!"
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