E-flat Infatuation

The Venezuelan virtuoso of the E-flat clarinet, Jorge Montilla, performed and presented a master class at the recent Chicago Clarinet Symposium. He so inspired me that I nearly bought an E-flat at one of the exhibit tables. I did, however, settle for a new mouthpiece for my B-flat as well as some hot new reeds.

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One Cool Cat

Jacqui chills to some late-night jazz while the mice try to get some sleep.

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Sox Win!

Ace sports photographer Mary Wright snapped this shot of the sports desk at Guaranteed Rate Field Sunday as the White Sox went on to score 8 runs in the 8th inning and beat the Padres 9-3. They play LAA tonight, past my bedtime.

And now the victory celebration, recorded live:

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Dear Old Dad

A portrait of my late father, James S. McKelvy. He would have been 99 on June 15. He left us on September 13, 1985.

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Chicago Clarinet Symposium

(Chicago, Illinois) I’m just back from the first (and hopefully not the last) Chicago Clarinet Symposium at Northeastern Illinois University, and I am utterly affirmed as a clarinet player.  I was with my people Saturday, and I got to hear such amazing clarinetists as Callie Ochs of Lawrence University tell us that we play because we want our hearts to be open.  My heart and ears were opened by all the amazing clarinet music I heard Saturday, and I will have much more to say about it after I’ve had time to decompress (hey, I threw in a Sox game with the family on Sunday, and, of course, the Sox scored 8 runs in the 8th inning to beat the Padres 9-3).  Meanwhile, I want to leave you with this image of Chicago Symphony Orchestra clarinetist John Bruce Yeh performing the world premiere of Liquid Melancholy by James Stephenson.  The composer was in the audience, and he was as enraptured by Mr. Yeh’s performance of his work as we were.

John Bruce Yeh in concert at the Chicago Clarinet Symposium. He was accompanied on piano by Kay Kim (not shown).

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Play it again, Charley!

The jazzer’s teacher Jason Gresl suggested he might take another shot at “Bourbon Street” and swing it this time. Let’s give a listen and hear if he followed instructions.

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Beauty Ride in Beauty Land

(Chikaming Township, Michigan) We took a beauty ride in beauty land yesterday. Natalie is shown here heading toward Lakeside on Lakeshore Road.

The Chikaming Cycling Team at Cherry Beach. They didn’t go for a swim.

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