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WCB Master Class This Monday! 8 pm Feb 22
I am so excited to share our next Master Class hour with you! This week's guest is most likely the best jazz musician you may have never heard! Greg Abate has spent 5 decades entertaining audiences all over the globe, bringing his unique style and personality to clubs and concert venues as a clinician, soloist, orchestra leader, teacher, and everything else a jazz educator and performer could be! I am thrilled that he will be able to share his story with us on the 22nd and am looking forward to you having the opportunity to get to know this artist in a forum that brings him into your living rooms!!
I met Greg in the late 90's when he came to Weston to perform and mentor our jazz program students. He was amazing, both as a player and as a teacher and our kids grew enormously from that experience. From that initial introduction to the year of my retirement I continued to invite Greg back to re-introduce him to successive generations of Weston's jazz family. Greg never disappointed and always displayed the same energetic and engaged personality that lit up every room that he was in!! I can't wait for you to meet him and look forward to sharing with all of you that up close and personal view that these special Mondays provide! Take a moment to review his bio here:
I've pasted the link to our Master Class below and invite you to feel free to share it with anyone that you think may enjoy joining us. See you on Monday!!
IMPORTANT CALL GUIDELINES:
As always, there will be a waiting room as you login to the zoom class. This room will be admitted to our main room at 8:00.
Please make sure that your microphone is OFF before entering the room. (I will also disable your microphones in my settings). This way we can ensure that when I bring everybody into the room you will have an opportunity to see and hear Mark without distractions. I am going to suggest that you also set your zoom screen to "speaker view" as opposed to "gallery view". That way you will be able to see both Greg and me as we discuss his music, his musical upbringing, and his thoughts regarding Jazz performance, education, and anything else that the hour brings. In the meantime, between now and Monday, please feel free to think of questions that you might want to ask of him. You can either email them to me or send them in the chat feature during the interview. I will keep track of what chats are being shared and will try to get everyone’s question in our time together. Unfortunately, I will not be able to open up questions from everyone but promise to bring as much of your input into the interview as possible.
Topic: The Westport Community Band Meets Greg Abate
Time: Feb 22, 2021 07:30 PM Eastern Time
Since we will not have rehearsals for the rest of the year, dues are suspended for the fall semester. Additionally, all Board members have agreed to stay on for the 2020-2021 season.
if anyone is interested in producing a virtual music video for the WCB, please send us an email!
Marcia & Emily
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Hope you all are well and staying healthy! See below for WCB news - please read it all:
1. Regretfully due to the pandemic, there will be no rehearsals or gigs for the fall semester. We will continue to meet through our Zoom Masterclass series and will notify you before each session. The next class will be on Monday, September 21st, 7:30 PM. Please hold the date and watch your email for an invite. More details to follow!
2. Since we will not have rehearsals for the rest of the year, dues are suspended for the fall semester. Additionally, all Board members have agreed to stay on for the 2020-2021 season.
3. Music: Please return your WCB music and folder by September 21st. You may drop off your music at any of the below addresses, or instead mail directly to Sal. If you choose to drop off your music in person, please practice socially distant guidelines (masks/distance) and we do ask that you text before you visit to confirm timing.
PLEASE check your email for where to return your music, either by mail or in-person.
4. Lastly, if anyone is interested in producing a virtual music video for the WCB, please send us an email!
Marcia & Emily
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