June /July 2018                                                                                                           Vol.198 

    Chelmsford Center for the Arts Jun. 2, 2018
Thanks so much to Susan Gates and all the people who came to our concert at the Chelmsford Center for the Arts! It was a fun evening for all!! Thank you Louise, Enid, Penel, Wane, Jessie, Michele, Gail, Wayne  and yes, Bonnie Johnson and many more for coming to the show!

It's been a busy spring! As we move into the Summer you will be able to find us perform in between our family trips for 2018.

We'll be in Las Vegas in July while my husband and son bond at the NBA Summer Games.  Then in August we'll visit the UK for a month to be with my husband's family and take a break. There will be lots of photos to share!

Later this month we return to the recording studio. We begin the second project of the band performing all my original tunes. This is exciting! You'll get updates as we progress.

Also in August "The Jazz Room" will travel to the Newport Jazz Festival.

We still have gigs to perform this year and they are on the Schedule

At the bottom of this column we're featuring photos from the Concert at CCA, and photographs by Bob Arcand
and Bob Stegmire who came to the April 29th Jam and photographed the event. Thank you so much!! Click Here

            A September Showcase
              at The Big E 2018
It's been a gig that comes around  for us every other year since about 2002.    
This photo is from The Big E 2012 in Springfield MA.

Well we have been  asked to perform on a bigger stage than this one for 2018. We'll be part of a showcase of NH bands on a larger stage outside the New Hampshire Building on Friday September 21st at 5:45PM after the parade.  We'll do a 45 minute set.

We're excited about this. It seems we as a group share a fondness for going to fairs   
Click Here to see the website for the Big E Springfield MA 2018

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             Our Latest Band Video
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          Moment in Jazz  History
   Emily's  Moment   Click Here 
        Recipe of the Month
Balsmic Grilled Steak with Peaches 
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That's it for now. Enjoy  the June and July warmth and see you in August!

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August 12,  2018 (Sunday) 
Jazz Jam Session
Chelmsford Center for the Arts  
1A North Road Chelmsford, MA  
4:00-7:00PM $5.00 cover  
Call 978-250-3780

September 21, 2018 (Friday)
The Big E Eastern State Exhibition 
New Hampshire Day Band Showcase
Showcase Timeslot 1:00 to 1:45PM
Tickets at www.thebie.com

November 3, 2018 (Saturday) 
Joan Watson-Jones and Friends in Concert
Chelmsford Center for the Arts  
1A North Road Chelmsford, MA  
4:00-7:00PM $15.00  Tickets
Call 978-250-3780 
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           "Live Music Swings!!"

The Joan Watson-Jones Jazz Ensemble is available for Concerts, Corporate Events, Wedding  Receptions and Special Events. Joan is available to play solo cocktail Piano for Parties and Functions. 
For Information call Joan @1-800-544-2931  
Or eMail
Check out our  EPK with videos and sound clips.
  Link to a New Band Video

                         "You Talk Too Much"
Balsamic Grilled Steak Salad with Peaches
Ethan Calabrese  
Peppery arugula is the perfect vessel for this savory-sweet combo.
1 lb. skirt steak, trimmed of fat
1/4 c. balsamic vinegar
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tbsp. brown sugar
1 tbsp. vegetable oil
kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1/4 c. extra-virgin olive oil
Juice of 1 large lemon
6 c. baby arugula
2 peaches, thinly sliced
1/3 c. crumbled blue cheese or feta
  1. Add steak to a large Ziploc bag or baking dish and toss in balsamic vinegar, garlic and brown sugar. Let marinate 20 minutes at room temperature.
  2. Heat a grill or grill pan to high. Rub steak with vegetable oil and season generously with salt and pepper.
  3. Grill until desired doneness, 3 minutes per side for medium rare. Let rest 5 minutes, then slice.
  4. Meanwhile, make dressing: In a small bowl whisk together olive oil and lemon juice and season with salt and pepper.
  5. Arrange salad: In a large serving bowl, add arugula, peaches, blue cheese or feta, and steak. Drizzle with dressing and gently toss. Serve immediately.
Concert and More April 29 Jam Photos

Photo  Bob Stegmaier   

Frank Wilkins   
Photo  Bob Stegmaier   

Karouko Pilkington    Photo Bob Stegmaier

Peter Watson-Jones Video    Photo Bob Arcand
Maria Frattura   Photo Bob Arcand  
Rick              Photo  Bob Stegmaier  

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June/July 2018
  in "The Jazz Room
Starting Wed June 6 & 13
We talk with Vibraphonist Gary Burton. We were able to catch up with him at the 60th Newport Jazz Festival. In Part 1 of our interview, Gary tells up about when he started playing the vibes and about his titles " Learning to Listen: The Jazz Journey of Gary Burton: An Autobiography" that was published in 2013. In Part 2 of our interview Gary tells us about his work with George Shearing and Stan Getz. He also talks about the" inner player" that is within us all. Learn more about Gary Burton at www.garyburton.com 
Starting Wednesday June 6 &13, 2018 @10:30PM ET (Weeks 24&25)

Sta rting Wed. June 20&27
Drummer Jack DeJohnette returns to the Jazz Room to talk about his project." Made in Chicago" He and his band have created their own musical sound and language to communicate with each other to make something fascinating. dj&me In Part 1 of our interview he talks about the development of this project In Part 2 of Drummer Jack  DeJohnette's return visit to the Jazz Room. He talks about the long term relationship with of his musicians and upcoming projects. Learn more about Jack DeJohnette at  
Starting Wednesdays June 20 & 27, 2018 @10:30PM ET (Weeks 26 & 27)
                         July 2018 
Starting Wed July 4
We chat with Grammy Winning Drummer, Terri Lyne Carrington at the Jazz Congress at Lincoln Center in NYC. We talk about her CDs The Mosaic Project and Mosaic Project:Love and Soul and how she developed her ideas for both projects. Learn more at www.terrilynecarringnton.com 
Starting Wednesday July 4, 2018 @10:30PM ET (Weeks 28 & 29)  

Starting Wed. July 11
  We were able to talk with Pianist, Monty Alexander after his set at the Newport Jazz Festival. He talks about his musical  journey, being lifted by many of the jazz greats along the way. Learn more about Monty Alexander at  
Starting Wednesday July11, 2018 10:30-11:00PM ET(Week 30)
Starting Wed. Wed July 18 & 25
We were able to meet with Pianist Jason Moran after his set.  We talked
about his CD "All Rise a Joyful Elgy for Fats Waller" and the legacy of Fats. He also tell us about the Fats mask that he uses in performances. Learn more at 

         A Moment in Jazz History 

                 Emily Remler
     B. Sept 18, 1957 - D. May 4, 1990
Born and raised in Englewood Cliffs NJ, Remler began guitar at age 10 on her older brother's Cherry-Red Gibson ES-330 - the guitar she would use most of her career.
At that young age she had other interests like sculpture and drawing. Emily was sent to a private boarding school in Massachusetts to finish High School. She applied to both music and arts schools for college. She was accepted at both Berklee College of Music and the Rhode Island School of Art. Her decision was to choose music.
When she entered Berklee she's quoted as saying she wasn't that good. Jazz was an alien art from to her. When she discovered Paul Desmond, Pat Martino and Wes Montgomery they were just right for her. She became hooked on Jazz.  
Remler finished a 2 year degree and graduated at 18. She's quotes as saying she still wasn't much of a Guitarist but she learned a lot about harmony, reading and keeping time. A story she told that her teacher told her she had bad time and she rushed home crying. Then she worked with a metronome on beats 2 and 4 with no other accompaniment.  
Her boyfriend at the time, Steve Masakowski, was from New Orleans and they decided to move there. But Emily wanted to spend the summer practicing in New Jersey first. She rented a room on Long Beach Island for 8 weeks and worked on chord theory and soloing. She quit smoking and lost weight. That's where she learned to plan.  
When they moved to New Orleans she got lots of work. Reading music got her a lot of gig: Hotels, Shows, Weddings, Anniversary Parties R&B gigs, Jazz gigs and All-Night jams with the old timers on Bourbon St. She Gigged with Wynton Marsalis, Bobby McFarrin and backed up singers Rosemary Clooney, Nancy Wilson and Robert Goulet. Wilson took Remler on the road and brought her to the Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall. She was able to meet and play with Herb Ellis.  
In 1978 Ellis invited her to play the Concord Jazz Festival along with Barney Kessel, Cal Collins, Howard Roberts, Tal Farlow, and Remo Palmier (the group was called "Great Guitars"). Ellis told People Magazine, a few years later, "I've been asked many times who I think is coming up on the guitar to carry on the tradition and my unqualified choice is Emily."
Remler was only 21, but the opportunity launched her career, and she was now in the big leagues. She impressed Carl Jefferson, president of the Concord jazz label, at that gig, too. He didn't offer her a recording contract on the spot, but she was on the map.  
She went back to New Orleans, put together a quartet, and worked. She only lasted another year there before moving back to New York, but she always valued her New Orleans time-it made her into a musician and helped her find her voice.  
She returned to New York with earned confidence. She called up John Scofield and invited herself over. They jammed. Scofield introduced her to John Clayton. That introduction led to her first recording date: a session with the Clayton Brothers for Concord. That was enough for Carl Jefferson. He offered her a four-record deal.   
She also met pianist Monty Alexander, who hired her to play guitar with his group. A romance ignited, and they were married. But the marriage only lasted two and a half years. After the break up Remler is quoted as saying she played and played and did everything she could to destroy herself.
Remler couldn't escape gender bias. On one hand it helped her career-she was a novelty. Women didn't play instruments. Some people were fascinated. In a way, it opened doors and got her gigs.  
"I still have to prove myself every single time", she told Downbeat.
When asked how she wanted to be remembered she said "Good compositions, memorable guitar playing and my contributions as a woman in music... but the music is everything and it has nothing to do with politics of the women's liberation movement."
Remler bore deep scars of her longstanding addiction to heroin. While on tour in Australia, she died of heart failure at the age of 32 at the Connels Point home of music Ed Gaston
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