BB Kings blues club on 42nd St. Friday night, in August.
We played our annual performance with and for the children of the Trenton Education Dance Institute last month. Always an amazing experience for me. Especially since the music is very, very guitar-feature oriented! I love that.
There are about 250 students from the grammar schools, middle schools and high schools of the Trenton, New Jersey area who participate in this event. To see 40, 50 or more of these youngsters performing intricate song and dance routines on stage at one time is so heart warming. They put on a wonderful “Broadway Show” style of performance that they worked very hard on all year long. Acting, dancing and singing! Remembering the steps, moves and lines of the script can be very demanding on these young “actors”, but they rise to the occasion above and beyond every year under the direction of Nicholas Rodriguez, a New York dance instructor and creative choreographer who loves theater and children. This years show was exceptional.
We rehearsed and performed with the ensemble for a little over a week to prepare for the “big show”: when we play for parents, backers and dignitaries from the Jersey political scene. A wonderful night! Kudos to all the students, instructors, organizers, wardrobe staff, stage managers, sound and stage crews, carpenters and my fellow musicians in the orchestra who gave their very best. Everyone had a real blast!
WHCR- 90.3 FM is a great radio station! It’s located at the City Community Collge Campus and I had the joyful experience last Saturday morning of co-hosting and playing with some wonderful musicians and singers. Daa’yia Sanusi has this show (Gardens of Tranquility and Contemplation & First Light) every Saturday morning 6 to 11 AM! She plays the finest and most soulful jazz. Daa’yia is such a great personality and has this good feeling energy that you feel in her voice! This show was to support the station’s annual fund raising drive.
I spoke a little about my new CD and some gigs I am doing, then I played my arrangement of “You Go To My Head” (off my upcoming CD) when we were joined by some musicians and singers.
And that turned into a duet with the great Duke Jones on trumpet, and then a trio with the soulful Antoinette Montague on vocal, and so on adding African vocalist, Miyoka Leone (sp?). What a voice!
More “Remembering Ol’ Blue Eyes” news will be posted soon after our mastering session next week.
What a great weekend we just had! Saturday night was my return to New Rochelle’s Poet’s Corner. There was a jam packed audience for my “Spring Awakening” concert which ended in a wonderful standing ovation. The audience also showed their love by purchasing so many Lou Volpe CD’s (we actually sold out of the “Undercovers” CD) and hanging out after the show to talk with me about the music, the guitars I used and future performance dates.
The director and producer of the show, Guru Madeleine (hear her radio show on WVOX 1460 AM every Friday at 3 PM) , has asked me to start a weekly jam session there featuring the trio! Check this blog for more info on the starting date. Such an amazing place with amazing and wonderful people. Thank you POET’S CORNER!
On Sunday I played another concert at the Performing Arts Center at Queensborough College with my good friends, the Brawner Brothers. Once again, a jam packed full house in this beautiful theater with a full 15 piece band. So soulful and so much fun! “Kenny Brawner Is Ray Charles” is the name of the show and he was just perfect….. and sounding great in that role. The band was such a blast to play with.
Monday night found me in the audience at Jeff Beck’s show at the Capitol Theater in Port Chester. Jeff is always awesome. You’re taken away with that tone. What a sound! Such a great musician and great guy!
Now it’s back to a couple of mixing sessions this week and then getting the new CD mastered and pressed and ready for release and downloads! An inspiring weekend for sure.