Monday, January 25, 2010

Happy New Year All ...

****** A newly renovated office and a bright, young, eager staff will help to provide more frequent news and commentary from SloaneView. Thanks to all for your patience during these past very silent months.

THE HEADLINES: The latest Arbors release called "We'll Meet Again" is in stores. A really mellow release party took place in Boston on Jan. 8 at the delightfully intimate jazz club Scullers. The entire band was on stage with me: Bucky Pizzarelli (who celebrated two significant milestone dates with us: his 84th birthday and his 56th wedding anniversary), Steve LaSpina on bass, Aaron Weinstein, violin, and good pal Ken Peplowski on tenor and clarinet. No piano. No drums. Tons of fun.

January 22nd: Went to hear Bill Charlap, Kenny Washington and Peter Washington at the opening of their two-night engagement at The Regatta Bar in Cambridge. The trio grows more cohesive and precise if that's possible. Much like the inner workings of a Rolex or Patek Philippe, one marvels as the delicate mechanisms smoothly interact, producing highly intelligent, elegant music that always satisfies and delights. Do not ever pass up the chance to see and hear these Jazz Masters should they be near you.

THE NOT GOOD NEWS AT ALL: On January 18th, famed author Robert Parker suffered a fatal heart attack while working at his desk. Bob was a friend who often surprised me by attending a performance of mine. We began corresponding in the 1980's when I was living in North Carolina. One day, a UNC student informed me that my name appeared in a Spenser thriller titled "Ceremony". Sure enough, Chapter 19 begins: "Carol Sloan was just beginning to sing when I regretfully snapped off the radio and climbed out of the MG." Of course, I wrote him immediately, asking that if in future Spenser found himself listening to my voice, could he please spell it correctly with an "e" at the end of Sloan. A spirited correspondence began, and when I moved to Boston in 1986 to marry Mr. Edward "Buck" Spurr, Bob and his wife Joan were among our wedding guests. A sizeable chunk of Boston is featureless without him.

****** After the usual bustle and good cheer we enjoyed during the Christmas holidays, I am heading to Macy's for the January sales, mourning the elimination of the New England Patriots in their quest for another Super Bowl title, I am counting the hours to the start of Red Sox spring training, keeping an eye on the Boston Celtics and NHL Boston Bruins, and looking forward to a spectacular New Year. I've finished reading "The Girl Who Played With Fire", the second of the Millenium Trilogy beginning with "The Girl With The Dragon Tatoo". The Swedish author, Stieg Larsson, is new to me and I am enjoying his characters and plots enormously. Eagerly look forward to reading "The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest". The bad news here is that Mr. Larsson passed away in 2004. Also have "Stormy Weather, The Life Of Lena Horne" by Jim Gavin, Elizabeth Gilbert's "Eat, Pray, Love" and Michael Connelly's "9 Dragons" lined up on the bedside table.

I have vowed to become a better wife, a better cook and a much better singer in 2010, with Progress Reports submitted sporadically (probably). Onward and upward!