Jazz, And All That

Over the weekend we attended the Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival.

Back when I was in college and trying to decide what to do with myself, I took a few vocal jazz classes. I was singing jazz at a restaurant downtown Portland at the time and loved it so hard. I really loved those classes, too, and singing the old standards and learning how to scat and studying up on Ella and Etta and Louis and Robbie.

In the end I majored in something "useful." Blah blah blah.

Sometimes I like to pretend that I stayed in those jazz classes and majored in jazz vocal performance. And sometimes I like to go to jazz festivals and be all smart explaining improv rules and chord progressions to my clueless and adorable red husband -- whose only musical instrument is the calculator after all.

Lionel Hampton played the xylophone. That is pretty bad ass.


  1. oh how i love bobby...

  2. I'm 95% sure that first fro is my paper boy who delivers my paper everyday and then spends ten minutes talking to me about nonsensical things like origami and math homework.

    And I love the hat!


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