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posted Friday, October 14, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 41
A Dyke About Town: Family Stone fantastic and funky
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A Dyke About Town: Family Stone fantastic and funky

by Mercy Moosemuzzle - SGN Contributing Writer

Mercy took her friend Reality to see the Family Stone at Jazz Alley because Cuteness had to be at curriculum night for Equality. When the band mentioned having been at Woodstock, Mercy learned that Reality had been there as a high school student. Reality said, 'For a bunch of old codgers, they put on a really good show.'

Reality cited the guitar of Nate Wingfield, one of the newer additions, as making the group a cross between Jimi Hendrix and Sly and the Family Stone (the original version of the band). Sly Stone is apparently homeless and living on welfare.

Original members who are also Rock Roll Hall of Famers were Cynthia Robinson, Jerry Martini, and Greg Errico. Robinson's trumpet was out there. The sax by Martini was delicious. Errico's drums were hot.

A newer addition to the band was Alex Davis, whose piano was rocking and whose voice was strong. Trina Johnson Finn's vocal harmonies were tight.

The set opened strong with 'Are You Ready.' 'Everyday People,' one of the band's most famous songs, followed, featuring sax. Errico, Robinson, and Davis were the focus of another well-known song, 'Dance to the Music.' It had people up and moving around, of course.

'Summer Days' slowed the pace down nicely. 'Family Affair' was a request and had a guitar solo. Alex said 'Stand' was in honor of Sly Stone. Davis played a fun harmonica.

The group earned a standing ovation. Alex said, 'I'm going to give a you a history of funk. Every so often, someone comes along and turns a page. When it comes to funk, two cats do it: Chuck Barry and Sly Stone.'

An homage to Sly is the funkiest track ever laid down: 'Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin).' That song was Reality's favorite and he had to get up and dance. There was a second standing ovation.

Louis Prima, Jr.
Mercy and Cuteness are looking forward to seeing Louis Prima, Jr. at Jazz Alley. Band members will be Sarah Spiegel (vocals), Ted Schumacher (trumpet), Ad Adams (drummer), Ryan McCaughey (guitar), Marco Palos (sax), Philip Clevinger (trombone), Gregory Fox (keyboards), and Michael Gerbino (bass). The group will be there October 18-19.

Louis Prima, Jr. is the son of Louis Prima, who was known as the king of swing. Louis Prima, Jr. is at work recording an album of covers of his father's music.

Jazz Crusaders
Cuteness and Mercy love the Jazz Crusaders. The group includes Joe Sample (piano), Wayne Henderson (trombone), Wilton Felder (sax), Nicklas Sample (bass), and Doug Belote (drums). They will be at Jazz Alley October 20-23.

The Crusaders have been playing a mix of soul, pop, and jazz since 1961. They have done more than 40 albums, 19 under the name Jazz Crusaders. Their newest project is called Kick the Jazz.

You can get tickets to both Louis Prima, Jr. and the Jazz Crusaders at jazzalley.com

Metropolitan Opera HD Broadcast Anna Bolena
Mercy and Cuteness are psyched up to see the Metropolitan Opera HD Broadcast of Anna Bolena. Anna Netrebko sings the title role.

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