Words & music by Cole Porter
"Caravan" from my CD, "Uptown Elegance"
Hard to believe but we're already one month down in 2014. Weather wise it was somewhat of a rough one although; I was surprised to read, not nearly the roughest January on record.
We've been fortunate to get the year off to a rather healthy start. I made my annual trip to the Stephen Foster memorial in Lawrenceville on the 13th commemorate the 150th anniversary of Fosters death.
We played a couple "swell" parties to celebrate the special birthday of Mr. Henry Hillman. Henry and Elsie have become good friends and they both love the "American Songbook" and classic jazz. In addition we started back at the Omni Wm. Penn and at Andys in the Fairmont Hotel downtown. All in all that was not too bad for January a month that is traditionally rough for musicians.
I resumed my guitar classes at both Pitt and Duquesne and I'm happy, once again, to have a nice array of guitar students. I'll be doing a guitar clinic at Duquesne on the 14th of February. We're going to be taking a closer look at the "art of solo guitar". I 'll be highlighting my new book "One Guitar" and also talking about some of the pioneers of "jazzguitar."
I'm looking forward to going to the Stifle in Wheeling W. Va. on Friday, February 8th. Max Leake (piano) and Tony DePaolis (bass) will be joining me. This date is a make up from last September when I was still recovering from colorectal surgery. We'll also be back at the Fairmont on the 13th and at the Omni with Max Leake on the 21st.
A couple of interesting things in March:
We'll be doing a concert for my old friend Sal Aloe at the Lincoln Park School for the Performing Arts in Midland on the 20th. On the 27th we'll be doing a concert for Maggie Forbes at The Carnegie in Carnegie, to help celebrate a special Carnegie anniversary. We'll also be at the Omni on the 21st for our regular monthly visit.
I'm looking forward to working with Thomas Douglas and his wonderful Bach Choir in April. They'll be performing my original Mass of Hope a piece for Chorus and Jazz Quartet.
And so we begin the year 2014. May it be a healthy and a prosperous one for all.
P.S.: don't forget to visit my e store and check out other highlights on the site. My thanks to Max Leake for his superb handling of the web site. What a Renaissance man.
There is a new guitar chart of "Here, There and Everywhere" celebrating the Beatles 50th on the "Tips" page.
Check out a couple of videos below of performances old and new!
Check out my updated Calender of Engagements.
Video from Post-Gazette Story on Joe
Video of Joe and Johnny Costa on the Ken Griffin Show (circa 1955)
Video of the Gershwin Medley with the Wheeling Symphony