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Dave Brubeck

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

Dave Brubeck
A celebrated jazz pianist and composer, Dave Brubeck is living proof that originality and success can go
hand in hand. Even though critics who had favored Brubeck when he was less well known disliked him
after the success of the Dave Brubeck Quartet, he never compromised or altered his music in order to
gain a wider audience. From his popularity in playing college campuses with the Dave Brubeck Quartet
to touring America and Europe later in his career, Brubeck became a leading name in the jazz world
and is one of five jazz musicians who have been featured on the cover of Time magazine. His most
famous pieces, “Time Out,” ”Take Five,” ”Blue Rondo a la Turk” and “Three to Get Ready” are still
praised and performed today.

Born in Concord, California, on December 6, 1920, Brubeck was convinced early in life that he wanted
to be a cattle rancher like his father, Howard. He learned classical piano at the insistence of his mother
Elizabeth but did not learn to read sheet music until much later in life; instead, he memorized his
lessons so his teachers would not see his difficulty.

Brubek’s professors at the University of the Pacific convinced him to switch to a music major from
veterinary science, but Brubeck was nearly expelled when it was learned he could not read music.
Several of his teachers vouched for his skill in playing piano and his ear for harmony and Brubeck was
allowed to graduate on the condition that he would never teach piano. He graduated in 1942 and was
drafted into the army where he led a service band in General Patton’s army during World War II.


Charles Mingus

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012


Charles Mingus is best known as a multi-talented musician whose colleagues included celebrities such
as Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington and Charlie Parker. His skills included composition and
conducting as well as notable talent in both the piano and string bass. Arguably his greatest claim to
fame was his “Renaissance Man” quality – his ability to adapt and master all aspects of the jazz genre


Charles Parker

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

Charles Parker, Jr. was born August 29 of 1920 to Charles and Addie Parker. Growing up in Kansas City, Missouri, he dropped out of high school in 1935 to join the local Musicians Union. He had started playing the saxophone at age 11 and learned much of what he knew from his father.

Parker’s father was a singer, dancer, and pianist on the T.O.B.A. (Theater Owners Booking Association) circuit. His father worked a great deal and his mother worked nights at a Western Union office. He spent much of his time with a young musician that taught Parker improvisation, a happenstance that would change his life and jazz as we know it.

Sadly, Parker had an automobile accident as a teenager that left him addicted to morphine. This soon led to an addiction to heroin which he used until it took part in ending his life. During the 1930s, Parker practiced for 3-4 years as much as 15 hours per day, developing his improvisation skills and the sound that led to bebop. He played with local bands, eventually joining Jay McShann’s territory band in 1938, with which he participated in his first recording.

One night in 1939, when Parker was jamming with William “Biddy” Fleet, he had a sudden realization. He found that twelve tones of the chromatic scale could work into any key, which was a major change from the simpler jazz solos of the day. Some of the traditional jazz musicians at first rejected Parker’s new style, but others like Coleman Hawkins and Benny Goodman were excited about the sound and even helped form the new bebop movement.


How to Host the Ultimate Halloween Party!

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Throwing the ultimate Halloween party can be a lofty goal. Halloween is only a few days away, but if you are looking for some fun, last minute party planning ideas, look no further. Enjoy some party tips on us.

Have a costume party. Ask guests to dress up. There are a variety of amazing costumes to choose from. 1950’s costumes are a great option. 1950’s costumes are comfortable and fun. You can also do couple-themed costume options, or have a general costume party where guests can choose what they want to wear.
1950's Costumes
Remember to throw out invitations. Since this is so last minute your best option will be through an e-mail or electronic invitation. Electronic invitations, or e-vites, give you a lot of fun options that your guests will appreciate. It is also an easy way for guests to RSVP.

Decorate your home with Halloween themed decorations. Draw tombstones on cardboard and put them up in your backyard. Hang spider webs across the room. There are plenty of decorations in stores now that you can choose from.

Plan fun activities if you are hosting a party with children. Children will get bored quickly with out them. A good way to do this is by playing average games, but adding a “Halloween” twist to it.


Have Some Modern Day Sock Hop Fun

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

The fifties were known as the classic age. It was definitely a time to remember. A well-known event during the fiftiesSock Hops was the sock hop dance.

Sock hops were extremely popular during the 50’s. They were put on for high school students, usually. Because they were held for teenagers, dances were also usually held on high school grounds in the cafeteria or high school gymnasium.

Entertainment was vital to the success of the sock hop. If the dance music were a flop that meant the dance would be a flop as well. Key music artists during the time were played, as was rock –n-roll and swing music.

Sock hops got their name because teenagers wore socks in the gymnasium. Administrators and teachers were nervous that the students would scuff up the gymnasium floors as they danced so they had the students take off their shoes during the dance. The kids still had fun, and the school saved their gymnasium floors.


Great Ideas For 1950’s Costumes

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Are you looking for some amazing 1950’s costumes? If you want to have a successful 50’s party it is important to have some great 1950’s costume choices. Here are some costume choices to give you some inspiration.

50’s Jock – The letterman jacket is necessary for pulling off this fashion choice. Athletes wore the Letterman jacket during the 50’s. The jacket was usually worn with a white tee shirt and rolled-up blue jeans.

If you don’t own a letterman jacket you can easily make your own jacket on your own. Just wear a button-down sweater and sew on a square of felt to the side of the arm. A large letter should be sewn to the square to make a makeshift Letterman jacket.

Elvis – We all know rock-n-roll got big by this 50’s music icon. Elvis’ music is still very well known today. What better way to celebrate the 50’s than by dressing up as this big music star?


Great Halloween Couple Costume Ideas

Friday, September 17th, 2010

Bella and Edward – This vampire couple are very hot this year. The nice thing with this costume is that it is very easy to put together. Girls just need a long brown wig and normal clothes, and the guy just needs to moose up his hair and look surly.

Mother Nature and Father Time – This costume can be found online. If you want to make your own costume father time needs a long beard and a clock to show he is father time. Mother nature you can wear a green dress and attach fake leaves to your outfit; with a leaf wreathe around your head.

Barbarians: You can go back to the caveman and cavewoman, or a little further in the future during the dark ages. You can wear bones tied in your hair, or wear a bone necklace instead. Brown tunics, belts, and arm cuffs are great choices for this choice.

Big Bad Wolf and Red Riding Hood: This classic tale works for couples really well. The man dresses up as a wolf in a granny outfit. The girl just needs a cute dress and a red hooded cloak. Nice and easy, and everyone will instantly know who you are.
This classic tale is always a fun choice for couples. The girl dresses up in a dress and a red hooded cloak. The man dresses up in a wolf costume. These costumes can be found at different places online.


This Mothers Day Host a Fun Tea Party

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

With Mother’s Day right around the corner it is time to plan the big day. If you are looking for something fun to do, a Mother’s Day tea party may be just your cup of tea. What better way to celebrate the mother-daughter bond than dressing up in poodle skirts, wearing fancy, decorated hats, and playing silly games with each other.

A proper tea party should be a dress-up party. Poodle skirts are a fun costume idea for a tea party. Poodle skirts are available in both adult and child sizes, so both mom and daughters will be able to wear matching costumes.

A tea party would not be a tea party with out a tea set. There are plenty of places to find a tea set that fits your needs. They come anywhere from really elegant sets to inexpensive, children tea sets.


Super Savers Allows Red Hatters to Receive Major Discounts

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

There are many reasons to join the Red Hat Society. The Society offers women a chance to interact with other women their age, and form friendships and memories that are unforgettable. The Red Hat Society also offers thousands of discounts through their Super Saver program.

The Super Savers program currently is only available in North America. Those members outside of the region cannot take advantage of the program currently. The Super Savers program can provide many great discounts for Red Hatters in North America, though.

Red Hat Society & 50s poodle skirts

Red Hat Society & 50s poodle skirts

Super Savers saves you money in two main ways. You can save money with repeat savings and with premium discounts. Premium discounts are limited to 50 discounts per year, while repeat savings don’t have a number limit to the amount of times you can use them.


Top Couple Costumes

Saturday, October 17th, 2009

There’s no better way to celebrate Halloween than dressing up together as a couple. Couples costumes are central to Halloween partying. You’re sure to have fun with these funny pairings:

geishaGeisha and Sumo Wrestler: This Japanese grouping is both beautiful and funny. Dress up in a kimono and platform sandals, with hair pulled back in a bun and a beautifully painted face. Your partner can find an inflatable sumo wrestler costume online to complete the look.

Adam and Eve: Dress up as the very first couple. Its a classic costume idea, and will definitely turn some heads. You don’t have to go as natural as they did, just add some fig leaves to your clothes and you’re set.

King Kong and Ann Darrow: Miss Darrow’s beauty charmed the beastly King Kong. Perhaps that is your story too. Any costume that looks like Marilyn Monroe will work for Ann Darrow, and a good Gorilla costume will be great for King Kong.