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BENNY KNOCKS IT OUT OF THE PARK

What a treat to hear one of the planet’s most renowned jazz pianists in solo performance. That’s what those who attended PAJA’s Veteran’s Day concert at the Menlo-Atherton HS Center for the Performing Arts got—Benny Green in a scintillating 1 hr, 40 minutes of piano artistry. Benny said he hadn’t worked out a specific playlist beforehand—“I’m winging it”—but it is a tribute to his sensibility and rapport with the audience that every number he chose resonated and delighted his listeners.  He gave us tunes composed by Oscar Peterson, Hank Jones, McCoy Tyner, Alan and Marilyn Bergman, and others, plus one or two of his originals. PAJA event chair Harvey Mittler commented that nights like this is why we PAJAns—volunteers all--do this.  Benny gave us that rare thing—a performance we’ll not soon forget and an opportunity to remind ourselves why we go to the trouble of seeing jazz live: there’s always a chance you’ll experience a small cultural/artistic miracle. Thank you, Benny, for giving us one of those evenings.

Photo by Anne Callahan 
Benny Green


PHOTOS FROM PAJA MEMBER PARTY
SEPTEMBER 25, 2016
PALO ALTO ART CENTER COURTYARD

Photos by Karl Robinson

Scarlett Brass Plays "When I'm 64"Scarlett Brass
Scarlett Brass Plays "When I'm 64"......................................................

Paul Fingerote talks about “Jazz On My Mind”Paul Figerote
Paul Fingerote talks about “Jazz On My Mind”............................ Paul Fingerote signs books

Ben DevoletIf They Come
Ben Devolet..................................... If they come, we will pour it!

Marilyn Wong and Jan DeCarliJohn Gleed and Anne Hessing
Marilyn Wong and the Elegant Jan DeCarli ....................John Gleed and Anne Hessing......

Claire Mittler and Theresa RobinsonPat Purcell and Max and Lori Jedda..
Claire Mittler and Theresa Robinson......................................................

ApplauseAttendees
Applause for Scarlet Brass........................................................

 

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