Jamming at the Shelter – I Can’t Believe I had Brushes

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Some people I knew were volunteering at a local family shelter, and for some reason, I felt that they needed some jazz music to go with that. Honestly though, nobody knew what that meant. When the other Terminal Degree cats asked me what they were to expect, I just shrugged and said, “uh, we’ll go to this place and play music.” 

The best part of the gig was getting to jam with our jazz friends from Stanford. Matz on sax, Derek on guitar, and Molly on the jazz tambourine. Also, we had a (very) last minute drummer, which is a rare occurance. 

Right when we got there, we were told that there was a drummer coming who’d bring a small jazz kit. It makes me laugh to think about the number of drum heads on that set that came with the drummer. We joked, “I wonder what the BIG jazz kit looks like.” Haha.

It was also a small room and we needed a lighter touch to the drums; however the drummer didn’t have brushes with him. WIthout knowing that we’d even have a drummer, on my way out from the house, I grabbed a random set of brushes “just in case.” 

One of the most heart warming moments was watching Daniel, the cellist, and Derek, the Stanford guitarist, color and draw hand turkies with a bunch of the kids.

We played jazz standards and the Vince Gauraldi Peanuts songs.

  • Take 5
  • Black Orpheus
  • Body and Soul
  • Stolen Moments
  • When You Wish Upon a Star
  • All the Things You Are
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Linus and Lucy
  • Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire