Jazz Workshop

Friday, November 11, 2005

"The End Is Near!"

Yeah, well, actually, I think The End is here. With the posting of the remainder of the Mayerhoffer Recording Session session photographs (as well as a few miscellaneous items), the time has come to fid a bond warefell...I mean...bid a fond farewell...to the old (and, just in case it has escaped anyone's attention, I do mean old ) archive. Yes, friends, you're finally seeing the back end of this little project. And, for good or bad, no urinals in sight. (Thanks for that enduring image, Jeff - I think I speak for us all in saying that your thematic photos of 11/11 made quite a...splash.) Buh-duh-BING.

...N E W S F L A S H ...

...well, no, not really. Sorry. However, this is an opportunity to call attention to the fact that the astute viewer will have discovered a subtle addition to these 'pages': yes, that's right, Frank, there's a new LINK (Clear Note Publications) under 'Google News' in the right-hand sidebar. If one were to actually go so far as to click on this link, one would be taken in nano-moments to a website advertising (warms the cockles of your heart, doesn't it , Jeff?) a new publication of '13 Laments for Solo Guitar', composed by Berklee faculty members. Ok, you can see where this is going. Yes, I am responsible for one of those lucky 13. Scroll down a bit on this screen, and you'll be treated to the sight of me casually (and, notice, without apparent effort!) holding up a mighty redwood in northern Cal. And, of course, there's a little information (thankfully very little) about my contribution to this new anthology. Now, far be it from me to suggest anything, but, with the holidays coming, you might just want to keep all of those classical guitar virtuosi on your shopping list in mind...

Saturday, November 05, 2005

The Mayerhoffer Recording Session session - 1/2

In our second-to-last installment from the 'On-His-Jaw-Puh' (that's gotta mean something!?), we have the first of 2 groups of photographs from the recording session in New Haven. Time, I fear, has worked its cruel magic on these pictures: the original images are yellowing and darkening with age - perhaps it's black magic, then. I played with them a bit in iPhoto, attempting to add some life-like color back into the mix, but, hey, there's only so much you can do for Rick Ostfeld.

Enjoy. Barring obstruction, the final batch will appear here a week from today.

Saturday, October 29, 2005

More Photos from the O.N.H.H.S.J.W.P.A.:

These photos are from our Spring concert in the NHHS auditorium, that wonderful palace of acoustical polish and verve (ok, where'd that come from?!).

As you can see, these pictures suffer from a certain lack of, what is it? - oh, yeah. Light. Oh well. Better than nothing? There are a couple of really nice, dramatic shots - of JoAnn & The Percussion Twins. Hmmm, nice name for a band. Beats 'The Congealed Rice', anyway.

Once again, I hope you enjoy. Please do leave comments, but, out of deference to some of us (Frank), no more references to baldness.

stay tuned: the final installment (the Mayerhoffer Recording Session session) is still to come..... ... .. . .

Saturday, October 22, 2005

...a word of explanation...

Somehow, at the conclusion of The Year of The Workshop (1971-72, for all of you who may be, like myself, recollectively-challenged), I became the keeper of the Official North Haven High School Jazz Workshop Photographic Archive (yes, the well-known and highly regarded O.N.H.H.S.J.W.P.A. or 'On-His-Jaw-Puh' as it is affectionately known in photo-journalism circles). After 33 years, following established OSHA guidelines and entire (nano) seconds of careful consideration, a panel of experts (me) deemed that it was indeed high time these rare and refined Photographic Essays were published for the viewing pleasure of any interested parties (prob'ly just me again). Anyway, I hope you enjoy...and please feel encouraged to add comments if you feel so moved.
NOTE: There will be three batches of photos. The first batch - pictures from the (in) famous Quinnipiac College Show (afterall, just how did Jeff's white slacks get covered with mud on the way to the concert??) - are currently available for viewing and downloading. Two more batches will follow (who knows when?): the even-more-famous N.H.H.S. Auditorium Concert and the equally obscure Mayerhoffer Recording Session session.

Enjoy ... and Hello.

- Scott

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