Jazz in Paradise, July 26, 2014

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This was the setting for a jazz concert. It was a part of the Mayflower Jazz Series hosted by Maxine Michaels. It was in a magnificent backyard which included several decks on the house, a fire pit. walkways through the woods filled with local flora and fauna including deer, a meandering stream, places to sit and just enjoy the surroundings.

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The concert itself took place in front of a massive tent which was erected over a basketball court. There were other tents for beverages light refreshments and vendors. All the food and beverages were complimentary. The weather was perfect. It was easy to just sit and enjoy.

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Left to right as seen in this picture: Vincent Bowen(sax), Marion Hayden(bass), Rqmona Collins(vox) and Michael Jellick (keys). Also present and not see in this picture were Dwight Adams(tpt) and Gayelynn McKinney(drums).

The musicians were all well known in the Detroit area. The music was very good and in that environment was so relaxing. The musicians played for a set and during the intermission, a guest singer, Sydney Ellis sang several songs including “Summertime”. The song tends to be so over done that he here have been times when I have just left a venue during a poor rendition. This offering was so good the song was a fresh again I my mind.

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Sydney Ellis and Mike Jellick. Marion Heyden, bass, was also playing.

After the music stopped for the break, I wandered around the grounds. I got up to the house decks and enjoyed the view( the second picture). The decks had quit a bit of seating and had enclosures with mosquito netting. The only distraction during the evening were the various bugs that chose the audience for dinner. I followed the meandering stream back down the hill.

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By then, the sun had set and the paths were lit so walking in the uneven grounds were not a problem. I got back to my table just in time for the second set.

The second set went well and I was feeling so good as I left or the evening after the set.

A Trip to the Farmers Market

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After my weekly trip ti the butcher and the bakery, I stopped by the local Farmers Market. This one is so very small compared to Detroit’s Eastern Market but it is so very local. I also knew I could get the tomatoes, peppers and squash I wanted. As a bonus, I got a great Tuscan Bruschetta.

As I wandered around to check it all out, I heard a duo playing some of the sound track of my life a long time ago. there was no sign on the stage saying who they were. As they announced songs,they did not say who they were. They did songs like “Sweet Home, Alabama”, “Tennessee Whiskey”, “Night Moves”, “On the Road Again” and “Drivin’ My Life Away.

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I sat in a chair right next to a pile of snow and tossed a couple of snowballs. I watched kids play with the snow. It was so enjoyable to see the toddlers discover snow for the first time.

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