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Oh, What A Night! August 31, 2008

Posted by littlebangtheory in Love and Death, music.
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Friday night was opening night for the 2008 Tanglewood Summer Jazz Festival, and despite the threat of rain, I went to see my new musical muse, Edmar Casteñeda:

I posted this clip before, but since he opened the show with this number, here it is again!  🙂

To my delight, he was accompanied by the amazing Marshall Gilke on trombone and the equally mind boggling Dave Silliman on drums.  As Frau B would say , “Eeeeeeexcellent!” [rubs hands greedily.]

“But Wait, There’s More…  now how much would you pay?” (Sorry, I was posessed by the spirit of the Kitchen Magician there for a moment!)

Edmar and Co. were joined by Joe Locke, new to me but widely regarded in musicians’ polls as the reigning King of the Vibraphone.  Listen a bit and see if you agree:

Blew.  My.  Mind.  I hadn’t believed anyone would ever dethrone Gary Burton, but I stood corrected, albeit whilst sitting.  In the rain.  Completely oblivious to it.

The show was beautifully rounded out by a jaw-dropping performance by Elaine Elias and her excellent band:

Their set was a tribute to  Bill Evans, whom I had the great privilege to see at Carnegie Hall in the early seventies.  Thank you, Elaine!

It was a perfect night out…  almost.

On the way home, coming down a winding stretch of route 8A in a light drizzle, this Closet Buddhist swerved to avoid a small animal crossing the road, caught my right front wheel in a rain-softened shoulder, and did this:

Seems even my damned car is a tree hugger!  😆

I’m OK, but she’s totalled.

I’m taking this as Godde’s way of keeping me from thinking I’m All That for having been blessed with such a memorable night.

So now I’m full-time driving my work van and getting a whopping fifteen miles to the gallon.



1. The Pagan Sphinx - August 31, 2008

That totally sucks, man. I’m so sorry. Let’s hope trying to save that animal from being killed will come back to you in the form of good karma. You deserve it.


2. Randal Graves - August 31, 2008

Holy hell, good thing YOU weren’t totaled!

3. sherry - August 31, 2008

i’m so glad you are ok!!!!

4. notfainthearted - August 31, 2008

Yikes! Glad to hear you weren’t too banged up, but sorry about the car. Looks like a bad one, indeed.

5. susan - August 31, 2008

I envy you the concert in Tanglewood. Since I couldn’t be there I appreciated seeing the videos and pictures. Gary Burton’s an old favorite of mine too.

So far as the accident is concerned I’ll echo above – Yikes! Whether we get good karma or burn some more old bad stuff the point is to be glad to walk away one more time.

6. littlebangtheory - August 31, 2008

Susan, I’ll take either outcome (if I may be so presumptuous as to assume that I deserve one of them!)

And yeah, I got off without a scratch (um, let me rephrase that…) I walked away unscathed, after a nice nap with the rain drumming gently on my roof.

Glad I wasn’t hurt, though – it was hours before the cavalry came!

7. kkryno - August 31, 2008

Wow! So glad that you’re alright. Sorry about your chitty, though (and the tree,too.) Keep an eye on your neck. Those sort of problems can manifest themselves a couple of days later, when all the fuss dies down.

Thanks for sharing the wonderful music. I never thought of a harp being used in that particular genre. Awsome!

Take care.


8. Bob - August 31, 2008

I got off without a scratch

Keeping your nails trimmed will help with that, Cuz. 😉

And, damn! So sad to see your car head for the Great Carpark In The Sky. Will the insurance allow a downpayment on a Prius?

Take care o’ yerself!

9. littlebangtheory - August 31, 2008

Vikki, Bob, good to hear from you! I’m totally fine, though I nearly had to wrestle with the ambulance crew who showed up insisting that I go to the hospital.

It’ll be some days before the insurance company makes a determination, but it was a seven year old car and I have a thousand dollar deductible, so I know there won’t be any Spiff Rides in my immediate future.

But the important stuff is covered: I’m OK, you’re OK, and Dick Cheney is still an asshole.

Now why couldn’t he have been lurking in those bushes??

10. DCup - August 31, 2008

Sounds like a great night except……I’m glad you’re okay.

11. Bobbie - September 1, 2008

Thanks for the music.

I am so very glad only the car and not you were totaled!

12. Tom Marcello - September 1, 2008

I’m happy you enjoyed Joe Locke’s performance with Edmar so much!

Joe had just completed from a 11 hour flight Israel the day before, in which he has a serious bout of food poisoning for the entire trip. From all reports, he still played with his usual verve.

So, don’t be a stranger and visit Joe’s website : http://www.joelocke.com and keep in touch.


Tom Marcello
Manager / Joe Locke

13. Burning Prairie - September 1, 2008

Holy crap! I’m glad you’re fine, just looking at the picture gave me a fright!

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