Had an amazing weekend leading the Jazz for Young People program at Rose Hall. The theme of the program was “What is the Big Band Era?” And with the help of the JLCO and special guests - my father Dick Nash, vocalist Charanee Wade, and Lindy Hoppers Roddy Caravella and Eden Atencio - we definitely answered that question.
There were so many special connections yesterday. First, my cousin Lisa (Ted Nash’s daughter) came from Massachusetts and brought her adorable daughter Keana. So happens that Ted Nash (my Uncle) was mentioned in the program, in connection with Leap Frog, a hit from Ted’s days with Les Brown. After the second show yesterday, I got into a passionate discussion with Billy Banks, our ever-enthusiastic, always positive, stage manager. We talked, and talked some more, about an idea to present a program at Rose with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, featuring music from the movies. My dad could come in and play some of those beautiful themes he played with Mancini, or Johnny Mandel, who could bring in his arrangements and conduct the orchestra.
Later that night, in the lobby of the Empire Hotel, on the way out after hanging out with my dad and a bunch of friends and family up in his room, we ran into - guess who...Johnny Mandel! He was just arriving from the airport. After spending about 40 minutes on the phone helping Johnny get his lost bag back, we got him to knock on my Dad’s door claiming to be delivering ice. What a beautiful reunion!
 
 
This is an excerpt from the 60 Minutes program, which, with such grace and heart, captured the Jazz at Lincoln Center's residency in Havana.

http://www.youtube.com/user/tedrnash

The program in it's entirety can be seen here:
http://www.jalc.org/60minutes/

 
 
I recently used award points at my bank to send relief to Japan. If you have this type of program, you might see if this is a possibility for you. I never have used the points - could have gotten a magazine subscription, I suppose... But this was a much better "award!"

 
 
The other day, doing errands around the city, I held the door open for at least 4 or 5 people who were so buried in their smart phones they didn’t notice or care that someone was waiting for them to get through the entrance before letting go of the door. This seems to have become the norm, a slide down from the usual grunts of acknowledgment or largely inaudible “thank you”s muttered under their breath.
Someone sent me this link to a commercial I think everyone should watch. It gets a little corny at the end (music!) but the sentiment is right on.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ae0tzVo8Fw

Let me know what you think.
Gotta get back on my iPhone...