Last chance to support Summer of Jazz |

Last chance to support Summer of Jazz

Mary Noone
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Blood, bikes, blues, ashes and money … is a wonderful way to sum up the 2009 season of the Glenwood Springs Summer of Jazz!

Blood: Our personal blood, Claire Noone, has done an amazing job of directing this summer. Her innate knowledge and love of the series is evident in her incredible ability to remain calm when trying to locate some obscure backline instrument for a band or making impassioned announcements from the stage. She makes us proud.

And Hank Myers, who literally gave his blood for SOJ last week while creating recycling boxes, has been an enthusiastic and responsive co-director. Nothing like taking six stitches for the team!

The bike (a very cool, cruiser bike donated by The Gear Exchange, painted by me and sealed by Nelson’s Auto Body) is being raffled off at the end of intermission at the Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue concert Wednesday. Tickets are $5 each or five for $20 and can be bought in advance at The Gear Exchange, Campagna Insurance, the Noone Law Firm or at the concert on the 29th. You can also call Claire at 309-4886 if all else fails. This is a fun and relatively painless way to support the SOJ. You don’t need to be present to win, but it is so much more exciting if you are.

Blues: The music this season has been fantastic thanks to Bob Noone and his amazing skills as a negotiator and music lover. As you have come to expect, the music has taken us on an incredible musical whirlwind: the incredible drumming of Louis Hayes; the rowdy and funky Breakestra; the mesmerizing singing and guitar of Lionel Loueke; rising local star Ashton Taufer; the outrageous, innovative piano style of Marc Cary; and The Dirty Dozen and their contagious enthusiasm.

Mem Shannon last week was nothing short of amazing and the crowd loved him. For me, he sums up the feeling that I have for the series; he writes most of his tunes, plays them with incredible passion and hopes for the best.

Ashes: Out of the ashes comes the SOJ. This is how I see the family that we have come to know and depend upon for the series – Marc Gray and his magnificent bass, Bill Flanigan and his sound crew (now including Jeremy, my long-lost and then-found friend), Brad Baelka piano man, Robert the T-shirt wonder, Angela and Jamie, Uncle Wick, Cheryl at The Bank of Colorado, Walter and Amy behind the lens, Max, Megan, Amanda, Haley, Sayde, Reed, Mae, Tess, Michelle, Ella, Brian, Becky, Katie and all of the other people who roam the crowd at intermission asking for donations. This is not an easy job … you try it. And, of course, Vallee and Charlie, who also have it in their blood.

Money: yes and no. The support from the community continues to be incredible. The list of sponsors continues to exceed 200 local businesses and families/individuals. This year has been tough financially, however.

Miami and New York City canceled their jazz series for lack of sponsorships. Glenwood Springs, Colorado, has forged on. Although the number of sponsors has basically remained the same, the financial contribution has significantly decreased, leaving us with a potentially crippling financial burden.

Help … au secour … cura … ayuda … this is our community and our time to shine. So you want to think and act locally? Now is the time. Buy a raffle ticket, a T-shirt or a water bottle; put $20 in the basket at half time; or if you turned me down for a contribution or said you were having financial trouble and could not contribute, do it – no contribution is too small!

If you want to see your hard earned money spent on/in your local community, support The Glenwood Springs Summer of Jazz, P.O. Box 42, Glenwood Springs, CO 81602.

The ball is in your court!

Mary Noone is a co-founder and coordinator for the Glenwood Springs Summer of Jazz.

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