"An especially Great Day for Jazz on Cape Cod"
A Tribute to the late Lou Colombo
Written by Susan Blood, Barnstable Patriot
JAZZ FOR A SPRING AFTERNOON – Bart Weisman, Ron Ormsby, and Alan Clinger will lead a session at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod in South Yarmouth following a photo session with 60 or so Cape jazz performers. Many will be feeling the recent loss of top-flight horn man Lou Colombo. “This is one way to remember him,” Robert Nash, the Center’s executive director, said in a press statement. “We need to do everything we can to keep jazz alive and well here and everywhere, and the Great Day on Cape Cod celebration is one way to do both that and to remember Lou and others who devoted so much to the art.”
You've likely seen the classic, black and white photograph: 57 musicians, standing in front of a brownstone, on a great day in Harlem in 1958. Soon, you'll see a Great Day for Jazz on Cape Cod.
On Sunday, April 1, more than 60 musicians will document the Cape Cod music scene in a photograph commemorating their contribution to jazz. The photo shoot, modeled after the original “A Great Day in Harlem,” will take place in front of the Cultural Center of Cape Cod in South Yarmouth.
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“I wanted to do something to show my appreciation for all the musicians and all the music I've enjoyed over the last 25 years,” said the event's organizer, Karyn Hewitt. “I think it's something that needs to be done.”
The photograph will be of musicians who play jazz on the Cape. Hewitt had help from Cape drummer Bart Weisman in gathering the many musicians who are participating. She has also had the support of the Cultural Center's executive director, Robert Nash and from Riverway Restaurant, which is donating lunch for the musicians.
The photo session will be from 11 a.m. to noon on Sunday, followed by lunch for the musicians at the Cultural Center. At 1 p.m., the doors will open to the public for an afternoon of jazz by Fred Boyle (piano), Alan Clinger (guitar), Ron Ormsby (bass), Weisman and any of the other musicians who would like to join in.
What inspired this undertaking? A love of music.
“I go out all the time to listen to jazz and do my best to promote it and see that people know what's going on,” said Hewitt. “This is one way that we can get the word out a little. When I go out to eat, I'm going out because there's music. Restaurants have been wonderful about promoting music on the Cape.”
Some of the restaurants she goes to for live music are The Island Merchant, The Black Cat and Colombo's Cafe in Hyannis, Harvest and Summer Stock in Dennis, and The Fishmonger in Woods Hole.
“No recording is like live music,” Hewitt observed. “You're a part of it when you're there.”
The concert for “A Great Day for Jazz on Cape Cod” will be presented April 1 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod, 307 Old Main St., South Yarmouth. Tickets are $15 ($12 for Center members); call 508-394-7100 or go to www.cultural-center.org/