Originally posted by Suzianne
Well, that's an awesome history you have there... I live in Scottsdale, how long ago was it you had that band in Scottsdale? Depending on the year I might have heard you play. I've heard a lot of local jazz and/or folk bands.
Recording? Well, no. I have never recorded anything I've ever played. I guess it doesn't interest me too much. I just like p ...[text shortened]... ed accompanist for several kid's recitals for nieces and such, but that's about it.
Well, you had fun anyway! Our band in Scottsdale was called Sugarloaf Mountain String Band. We had a lot of local gigs, but this was probably before your time, around 1980 to 82. We lived at a housing development near the now defunct Los Arcos Mall within view of the 'hole in the rock', you probably know that place.
We played a few times as a band and as just Susan and I, the Jennings Family, at the Kerr Cultural center and produced a few folk acts there also, among them, Silly Wizard, google them, they are a great bunch. So I am coming home from work one day, and I see these guys on the roof of our house and they are jumping off. It seems they were jumping into our swimming pool. It was Phil Cunningham and his boys of Silly Wizard having a bit of fun🙂. Phil Cunningham is an incredible piano keyboard accordion player. His brother, Johnny Cunningham, was an Irish/Scots fiddle virtuoso who died a few years back, we found out he lived near us in Philly when we moved back east after living in Scottsdale. I should have stayed. We had a nice house with swimming pool and had sold a house in Venice Beach and had only a 20,000 dollar mortgage and a 200 dollar a month house payment. Sigh, now we have a 60,000 dollar mortgage and an 1100 dollar a month house payment....
Our beautiful daughter Darcy died in Phoenix, we may have prevented that if we had stayed. Don't know, but we played together on stage at an all women's concert in Phoenix, one of the highlights of my life. She had an IQ of 170, could have done anything she wanted but was cut short riding her Harley.
We also played a gig with the Phoenix philharmonic orchestra, a western themed piece written by a local musician, kind of like Rodeo from Aaron Copeland with a lot of folk tunes, our band together with the orchestra, what a great night that was! I forget the name of the piece but it was something like the Appalachian Way or something like that. It was very well attended.
So that was our thing in Scottsdale. We have 2+ hours of music recorded on Dropbox, some of which was done at the Kerr Cultural center where a buddy recorded us. If you PM me your email, you can set up an account with dropbox, a cloud storage company, I invite you to view my music file and you can here the whole thing if you want, its 25 years of Jennings family music, traditional songs and tunes and original compositions, tunes written by me or my wife. She plays the lap dulcimer and plays bodhran (irish drum) and I play guitar, mandolin, banjo, autoharp and keyboards.
There is also a couple of pieces done by our best friends in Israel where we also lived for 3 years. Shelly Yamini, a great blues lady, and Ray Scudero, RIP, who wrote 600 songs, and my blues guitar genius, Backwards Sam Firk, AKA Michael A Stewart, also RIP, whom I became a student of years earlier when I lived in the DC area. His claim to fame was the rediscovery of a great blues singer and player Mississippi John Hurt. If you haven't heard of him, google him, he was a great player and singer. Mike and his buddy Tom Hoskins found him when they heard one of his songs, Avalon Blues, recorded somewhere around 1926. Avalon Mississippi, and they found it on an old map and drove from DC to Mississippi and actually found him, where he had been picking cotton for 40 years after the death of the blues industry as a result of the great depression years. Quite a story.
Anyway that is what I have on my cloud recordings.