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Bob Summers and trumpeter Leon Solario in airport while on Rat Pack tour.
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Bob on our Rat Pack "Tour from Hell" somewhere probably in Chicago or Toronto or who knows?
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Bob putting his sticker on Toronto locker.
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Bob Summers and band wait for bus on tour in Central Canada
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Patrons getting good service at Fullerton's Steamers Cafe. And they get to listen to great jazz, too!
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Gus getting ready for tromboning. . .we've got a good section. . .
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Howard Shinedling and Mark Hix discussing the gig at Steamers in Fullerton. Nice venue. . .we do Big Band Jazz. . . a little crowded on the stand, but what the heck!
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This is Gus doing it with the great jazz improv. . .I'm always stunned at how good this guy is. . .
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Shhhhh! Don't let it be known that this kind of work is fun! Brian Mantz enjoying the gig.
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Jennings doing what he does so well.
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The guys in WWII were smaller in frame. . .this has got to be a size 36 jacket. . .the leather hasn't held up that good, so I'm thinking horsehide. . .Still, if you looked this good after 70 years had gone by. . .
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I miss this guy! This is Lonnie Parlour getting into the Sammy groove at Burbank Starlight Bowl.
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The King of the Skys: P51D. Nuff said!!
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The powerplant of the massive Republic P47. This is an awesome plane. . .it was like that for the Nazis too!
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I was in heaven at this gig. This is a Mark XV Spitfire, a late model of this super-famous British fighter plane.
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More photos of music buddies--this is Ken Jennings. He's a cool guy and a great drummer!
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Here's some more photos of gigs--This is my good friend Don Gustafson. . .I hope to one day be able to play jazz standards like this guy. . .he's the next best thing to sitting in with Urbie Green. Anyway, he's also a really sweet guy. . .none nicer.
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Here is the view across from us on the left. This really is a clever area to set up for a "corporate" or charitable event. The ambiance is great and yet, you are in close quarters so people are somewhat protected from the elements (it was a little cold. . . Monty Hall had on a shawl to help with the nip in the air. . .he did a great job auctioning). This store had some clever costuming of warriors on display
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The band set up again. . .we were right in front of the phony "Capra Bank". . .well, who knows maybe Frank Capra made enough money in pictures to have opened a small bank?
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Here's Danny conferring with David Gregg, our wonderful lead alto guy. . . .David and I are beginning to be the best of buddies. . .even though he and I don't always see eye-to-eye on politics. . .awe! Who cares? Being a good guy and a great musician is not a political matter at all!
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Nice tables, no? Well Monty Hall was there and we also heard wonderful singing from Mr. and Mrs. Mickey Rooney. . . Let's just say, that they kicked A** all the way through their short set. . .I'm just in awe of the energy and good taste of these two. Mrs. Rooney was particularly handy at belting out a real soulful song.
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A look down the back lot "street" into the real studio with it's enormous sound stages. I really had about a two mile walk back and forth from one side of the lot to the other. . .of course THAT was because I forgot my trombone stand in my car! :-(
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Looking out over Roger's drums. We were pleased to have dinner served and to do this Swing Gig for an appreciative crowd. At this point they are elsewhere. . .presumably during "cocktail" hour. .
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This is the setup for our gig at the old MGM Studios (now Sony Pictures) lot.

Down deep in Texas: The View from Waco

See this really smart guy in Texas--I also just posted a comment--he's right about Lyndon Johnson AND about FDR. . . Nobody would really like it if the truth about FDR and Truman, etc. was really played out fully.

Here is the text of my comment, for convenience:

Very well done, indeed. I'm wondering how well they are going to document Organized Crime assistance in electing FDR--yes! He may very well have been the first in a string of Dem politicos to have been "mobbed" into power. . .or at least given that extra. . ."push over the edge".

The mob became "educated" in their power in Presidential races when the Democratic National Convention was held in Chicago during 1932. The mob ultimately was courted (Frank Costello from NYC was sort of the messenger for this) by both Al Smith and Franklin Roosevelt. . .the killers ultimately swung in with FDR after the politician swore he would taper off a serious mob investigation under way in New York State.

Tim Blair--Points to Rupert Murdoch on Blogging

Tim Blair Rupert Murdoch understands and is planning to interface with the Blogosphere.


This is pretty deep! This means that ONE (yup. .only ONE) leading MSM executive "gets it". Of course one thing Murdoch COULD do right away is to begin a personal blog. That is the best way to get your feet wet. . .

In other news:
Conservatives in Canada are beginning to raise their level of social recognition: Since we now know that Canada is ready for change. . .and that change will neccessarily be in the "right" direction (heh!), then more Canuck Blogs are getting linked.

This blogging is GREAT FUN.

Now, if I can figure out how to get my Terayon TJ715 Cable Modem to stop blinking its data light ALL THE TIME. . .well it's really the new NETGEAR router/WiFi device. The WGT624 has overheating problems, for one thing. . .It seems like the modem and router are in a "loop" of constant chatter.

Maybe I can deactivate some aspect of the router that would clear…

Aren't TROLLS Funny?

We've been having an amusing time lately on the Trombone List (a listserver email list specializing in all things to do with trombone). Well, not really. There is this guy who does what is called "LIST TROLL" stuff. Basically, this is Social Engineering, where the Troll sends falsified email identities' mail messages to the list and attacks other list members. The Troll will generally try and find persons who are either particularly sensitive, or cannot help but reply and reply and reply.

In the case of our list troll he presently has taken on TWO different identities and is actually creating separate streams of thought for one guy (he seems to be implying that this person is in Texas) and another, separate stream of thought for the other guy. Here is some of the text of these messages and you can see how the "baiting" is done, and some of the responses:

[the troll is coming in as "Gussieboy" and "Ed Neely" Paul Kemp is experiencin…