Whatever Happened to Spring
Music by Joe Negri
Lyrics by Lou Tracey
"Caravan" from my CD, "Uptown Elegance"
Well it April 1st, and "there is no fool like an April fool."
It's April and I guess we can finally say goodbye to that rough winter. Glad we were able to get away for a few days and visit family in Florida. We had a very nice time. Looking forward to spring... I have several nice engagements coming up. See my "dates" list for the complete list.
Recently played a fundraiser for Lighthouse Arts. This unique organization is headed up by Harry Clark former principal at CAPA High School and they are dedicated to working with young people and giving them guidance in the arts (primarily in music). The evening featured a wonderful group of musicians, and I was overjoyed to get an opportunity to play with them. The group was Firm Roots and featured Tom Wendt on drums, Paul Thompson on bass, Alton Merrill on piano. The horns were Jeff Bush trombone, James Moore trumpet, and Mike Tomaro on saxophone. Needless to say it was a wonderful evening of special jazz.
This month a group entrepreneur's will be dedicating a unique concert hall in my name. The hall was once part of Prospect School in Mt Washington. It was the school that I attended growing up in Mt Washington. The dedication is set for Wednesday, April 22nd from 4:00pm to 6:30pm. It's free and open to the public. There will be music and Mayor Bill Peduto will preside over the dedication. Hope you can stop by.
We will be continuing our sessions at the Onmi William Penn n town This month we will be there on the 4th Friday due to a conflict. The date will be Friday April 24th. I will also making a few appearances with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. The first is April 23rd at Wilkinsburg High School. And In May, I'll be appearing with the orchestra again for a Tiny Tots concert at Heinz Hall.
We're looking forward to a Jazz Concert on June 11th in Steubenville, Ohio at the Berkman Amphitheater at Historic Fort Steuben.
That's it for now. Hope you have a happy and warm spring!
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