December 2013 issue – NOJCSC Intermission Newsletter
December 3rd, 2013
In This Issue: December Christmas Party – Guest band: NOJCSC Jazz Ambassadors – “Cheer for Children” Toy Drive – 2014 Membership Drive – Youth Jazz Band – and more!
December Christmas Party!
Please join us at our next Club meeting on Sunday, December 15, 2013 at the Press Box at Westminster Lanes, Westminster for an entertaining afternoon of Traditional Jazz and Swing featuring this month’s guest band, the NOJCSC Jazz Ambassadors, as well as the Revelation Jazz Band, Youth Band and Club Musicians performing all afternoon.
Plus, you won’t want to miss our free Christmas Buffet!
Guest band: The NOJCSC Jazz Ambassadors
The NOJCSC “Jazz Ambassadors” are made up of experienced LA-area jazz musicians who are well versed in the Traditional Jazz style and repertoire. Their mission is to help to perpetuate this great American art form by spreading the joy of their music through concerts and clinics, and to inspire and encourage new musicians to become interested in learning and performing Traditional Jazz.
The Jazz Ambassadors are a project of the NOJCSC. Their love and enthusiasm for the Traditional Jazz style, in addition to their exceptional musical skills, are key factors in helping to keep our music alive by presenting it in performances at area schools, colleges, and public events. The Ambassadors often give of their time and energy by performing for school concerts at minimal-to-no charge.
“Cheer for Children” Toy Drive
Once again, we are supporting “Cheer for Children” (CFC) with our annual Toy Drive. Please being a new, unwrapped toy to the December club meeting on 12/15 for us to collect and deliver to CFC for distribution to underprivileged and hospitalized children in time for Christmas.
“Cheer for Children” is a non-profit, all volunteer organization in the South Bay. Every year since, 1985, they have hosted seasonal events at Harbor UCLA Medical Center for acutely ill children and their families. CFC also has events at Washington and Jefferson Schools for the physically challenged children. When other organizations cannot respond to special and unusual circumstances, CFC always tries to fill this void. Their holiday program enables them to provide gifts, including toys, clothes and food, shoe certificates, and gas cards to entire families in need.
CFC says, “Thank you for your support, from the bottom of our hearts!”
2014 Membership Drive
“Membership Drive” is continually on the agenda of your Board of Directors. How else is our club and the music we all enjoy to be kept alive? Towards the end of each year we ask that you concentrate your efforts in bringing new members to the Club.
AND please RENEW your membership EARLY. Keep the impetus of our club and the beat of the music energized! Spread the gospel and bring your friends and families to visit our Club at Westminster.
Consider this: Together with our donation to such as the Youth Band Project, music scholarships, visiting bands and venue room rental, every other dollar of your dues payment is returned directly to you through our lunch buffets (4 times per year) and through our meeting attendance prizes and snack bowls. With the exception of 20 Honorary Life Members who have performed exceptional service to our club, there are no free passes.
Even the Revelation Classic Jazz Band — who extend themselves tremendously for the benefit of the club (and their deep love of the music) — pay dues. They receive no reimbursement for travel expenses or anything else.
RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP NOW! For the good of the club it is never too early, but it CAN be too late. We have paid all our bills, but the next pizza party invoice will be upon us this December.
To join or to renew your membership, click here.
As John Hockins, our president says, “Keep Classic Jazz alive. If we don’t, who will?”.
Good seasonal wishes to you all!
— Your Board of Directors
Our Monthly Club Meetings
Join us every third Sunday of every month for Great Music for dancing and listening, and a Great Place to celebrate LIFE!
Each month, the Club also offers members a “Tailgate Room” set aside for musicians of all ages and skill levels to practice their instruments with direction from accomplished musicians.
- Live Music from 1 PM to 5 PM.
- Large Dance Floor.
- Bar Service
- Big Daddy’s Cafe, offering delicious food and snacks.
- Tailgate Room — musicians, bring your instruments for a jam session. Sign in with the music director. This room is for you!
- Friends and Fun!
Youth Jazz Band
Our November meeting of the Youth Band included student musicians Afton Siegel, trumpet & drums; Nolan Delmer, trombone; Jared Crawford, tuba; and Brian Tyler, drums. A special thanks goes out to music educator and trumpeter Ryan Merrill, for all of his help in recruiting young musicians for the group! The Youth Band musicians performed “Canal Street Blues” and “South” during the first set on the Press Box main stage. Their performance was very well received by all!
At each monthly club meeting, college and high school-age musicians will have their own rehearsal/workshop sessions starting at 11:30 AM in the Tailgate Room. These sessions will be coached by trombonist and educator Steve Tyler. The group will rehearse and prepare two tunes to perform on the Press Box main stage during the 1:00 PM set.
This month, we will review and polish the tunes we have worked on so far: “Tin Roof Blues,” “Down By the Riverside,” “Canal Street Blues” and “South.”
Be sure to “like” our Facebook page for videos, recordings and updates!
About the NOJCSC Youth Jazz Band Project
The ultimate goal of the NOJCSC’s Youth Jazz Band project will be to form a true, self-contained performing ensemble, able to play at jazz clubs, community events and jazz festivals, without an adult musician needed to direct them during performances.
If you know a young musician (perhaps a child, grandchild, or even a neighbor or friend) who might want to get involved, please let them know about us! We are especially looking for clarinet/sax, piano and guitar/banjo players.
Please contact: Steve Tyler, steve [at] nojcsc [dot] org, cell/text (650) 224-8094.
Stay informed of the Youth Jazz Band’s activities through the Intermission newsletter, our website, and by “liking” the NOJCSC Facebook page!
Website and Facebook
As you know our website at nojcsc.org has been completely revised and revitalized. Please let us know what you think and any additions that you would like to see!
The Club also has a Facebook page. “Like” our page to receive updates on Facebook.
Advisory Notice to our Members and Guests:
We will from time to time use photographs and/or video taken during the course of our Club Meetings. These photographs and/or videos may be used on our new Facebook page and website. Any member or guest must inform a board member if they do not wish to have their photo taken or appear in either photographs or video that may be posted online. —Board of NOJCSC.
Join the Club!
NOJCSC is constantly seeking new members, and we’d like to encourage you and your families to become members of our Club.
The Club was formed as a non-profit corporation in 1968 and is administered by volunteers whose aim is to perpetuate the living American music art form known as New Orleans Jazz.
Join NOJCSC and get…
- Lots of great Classic Jazz performances, dancing and an all-around good time. The music is the foundation, but our focus is fun! We aim to return every dollar of the membership fees back to the members to better their enjoyment. We have four buffet luncheons every year, in addition to door prizes and snack bowls on the tables — all at no additional cost.
- Lots of friends who also enjoy Classic Jazz. The Club provides a venue for all members to come together once a month and enjoy the music, dancing and camaraderie. And door prizes.
- Lots of instrument time with Tailgate Room jam sessions. The Club also provides a “Tailgate Room” where musicians at every level may play their instruments with the assistance and coaching from more experienced musicians.
“Keep Classic Jazz alive. If we don’t, who will?”
How much does it cost?
|A.||MUSICIAN OR VOLUNTEER||$60|
|B.||MUSICIAN OR VOLUNTEER COUPLE||$108|
All of the above are one-time donations for the year and include entrance to all normal 3rd-Sunday Club meetings.
Door Admission for Non-members
- Non-members: $12 at the door for each club meeting
- Visiting members of other Jazz Clubs: $6
To apply, please fill out and submit the short online membership application on our website.
— Your Board of Directors
For more information about our club or to see past issues of Intermission, please visit http://nojcsc.org/.
If you have any questions, please contact NOJCSC president pro tem John Hockins at john [at] nojcsc [dot] org.