New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are all in trouble and each in a different way. Musicians have no work, no money, no sick days, no paid vacations and no medical coverage. The Jazz Foundation is going door to door with food and warm clothes.
Wendy Oxenhorn heard a horn practicing and followed the sound—a musician practicing in the darkness. Tears filled his eyes when he saw Wendy, so glad that someone thought about him. Story after story of sadness and loneliness, older musicians, whose music we were inspired by, danced to, made love to, and got married to, now alone in the dark. What a way to treat a hero!
Food is still a few days away from the markets, gas is still at the end of a long line with odd or even numbers dictating who will get to work that day.
My students all arrived for Saturday class, half by bike. I have been feeding my friends below 34th Street with no power. They come for a shower, to wash their hair, do laundry and have a hot meal.
Running a soup kitchen, Morgan Ames and her husband, Jim, were here for a lovely stay for a week, we had a brunch to honor them on last Sunday. Needless to say they got stuck here and had to stay and extra week. Morgan had gigs in Los Angeles, rehearsals, just slipping away with the weather. For seemingly no reason, it was not her weather, it shouldn't rain on her.
Attending the brunch were David Kibbee (stylist), Kathryn Altman (inspiration and assistant to the late filmmaker, Robert Altman), Clarence Banks (with the Count Basie Band), Jim Gavin (author), Morgan Ames (songwriter extraordinaire, leader of Inner Voices), Hugh McCracken (guitarist and producer), Holly McCracken (actor), Susan Slavin (actor and coach), Jim Thomas, Morgan's husband, my friend, helped do the cooking, fixer, IT, Guy.man in a tool belt), Rex Reed (writer) and Frank Beacham (writer).
Riverside Park flooded, Central Park trees down and lakes flooded. Trees fell into people and houses, Rockaway Beach gone, Chris and Jenelle Tedesco’s house saved, yet some just floated to sea. No how or why. So many homeless, no place to wash, or get clothes, how will some of us vote in this most important election?