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Weekend Update - May 4-6, 2017

Weekend Update - May 4-6, 2017

What a weekend! It actually started this past Thursday with a road trip to Northeastern Arkansas for the Hot Memphis Five with Michelle Shrader. (One of Jeremy Shrader's Hot Jazz Band incarnations). The band was booked for a private party in an airport hangar. The event was complete with vintage planes, an air show, and a theme of women empowerment. (Amelia Earhart was the inspiration).

 When the band arrived for soundcheck, there was a guitar already set up on stage. It turns out, it was Jewel's guitar (the Jewel) and she was asked to play a few songs after the band's set. We all had the opportunity to meet and talk with her and she couldn't be more gracious. (This was a special moment for Michelle, she told me later that the first song she ever sang and played on guitar was one of Jewel's). Jewel mentioned that she loved jazz standards and had sang many during her formative years. She asked if we knew “Summertime, in A minor” (which happens to be Michelle's key for the song) and if we would play it with her. Of course, we were happy to oblige!
 After we finished our performance, Jewel took the stage, played guitar and sang 2 beautiful original songs. She then asked us to accompany her for George Gershwin's 'Summertime'. Below is a Facebook live video of the performance that she posted on her Facebook account:



 Friday, the band made the trek back to Memphis, where Jeremy immediately switched gears (and hats) to get ready for the next gig with Big Barton. Country Fried Friday at the Cove is his monthly foray into classic country and western songs. This First Friday happened to coincide with Cinco de Mayo. That made for a great night and the donning of a sombrero by the band's drummer, Jesse Dakota. Here is a facebook live video of some of the band's second set:



 Saturday morning brought back the traditional New Orleans and 20's jazz. The Hot Memphis Four performed at the 3rd annual Cafe du Memphis at the Park, is a benefit for the Dorothy Day House. The event features fresh beignets, shrimp and grits, and morning beverages. The New Orleans staples were served outdoors at the East Parkway Pavilion in Overton Park. The morning was beautiful and hosted by WMC Channel 5's Joe Birch, who posted the following video on his Facebook page:

 

After a short #catnap,

Jeremy and Michelle loaded up with their quartet to make a quick drive over to West Memphis, AR. The evening performance was for a lovely wedding reception at the home of the bride's parents. The weather and scenery could not have been better and it made for a wonderful night.


 Not every weekend is as action-packed as this (thankfully), but this was one for the books. Looking forward to the next set of adventures, stay tuned here!

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