You'd probably never expect a person with a heavy foot to agree with the 25mph speeding limit in NYC. But I do for a few reasons.
I look at myself as a pedestrian against traffic and it's always my time to cross whether the light is green or not. When you are driving fast, you might not see the crazily camouflaged person in all black, crossing the street in the darkness of night. We tend to drive faster at night because we are less likely to get caught by traffic cops, or so they say.
Theother reason; I think I witnessed about five bikes being hit by cars. One man in midtown got hit by a Charter bus after the light turned green for downtown bound traffic and trying to rush before the moving vehicles on busy 5th Avenue, picked up his bike and kept riding. One young boy was pulled underneath a bus in Brooklyn while the bus was turning onto a major road and the young boy was trying to ride ahead without paying attention to what was going on. One I foresaw because I never imagined seeing a bike on the FDR but then there were two and about a mile after I saw them riding, I saw the driver of a beautiful car pulled over and the bicyclist on the ground. One I saw swerving from side to side and then hit on the side and tossed off his bike and one not watching the traffic lights got hit by an oncoming car crossing the intersection.
It's odd but I never believed that bicyclists were supposed to follow the rules of the road until I took my permit test and was shy of one question which was about traffic laws and bikers. I hardly ever saw them stop for red lights or stop signs. Was I missing something?
Often times bikers think they are invincible acrobats. How can you compete with them if you are flying down the road and the cyclists are doing flips and cartwheels while cycling with cars? I fear riding bikes because I am a NYC driver and am a little disturbed that I might never be gutsy enough to take part in the new rider share programs that have come to Bedstuy, Brooklyn. But for those who do ride bikes, God bless you. Drivers; let's keep them in mind while driving because we should be sharing the road. But keep us drivers in mind too. You are riding in traffic with cars. Let's keep the roads safe and the circus tricks not in heavy traffic. Sharing the road the right way could be truly beneficial for all! Just wait, you'll see.
“I think music in itself is healing. It's an explosive expression of
humanity. It's something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we're
from, everyone loves music.” – Billy Joel
Especially during the summertime, you can hear music
blasting all over the streets of New York City, see musicians playing their
instruments outside and view people dancing on the streets, like the old Martha
& the Vandella’s Motown classic suggests. The idea of the music and dancing
in the streets, were what helped Brooklyn's own Singer & songwriter, Stuart Thomas to successfully complete his
second original music video.
Stay tuned for new music and video for the song entitled,
“Soca it Up” by Stuart Thomas; coming soon!
It has style and it has spark, with familiar backdrops
from Brooklyn, NY, the artist’s hometown, and with music that will have you shaking your body down to the ground.
When asked what inspired the tune, Thomas said that his
father used to listen to soca and loved it and in turn, he ended it up loving it
too. In his home, the song, “I Love Soca,” was more than just a title to a
David Guetta song but a true sensation that has carried on, almost like a
Thomas can be seen in and around New York, performing
live at open mic jam sessions and sharing his energy with live bands, while
moving the crowd. He currently has a music video entitled "Can We Try to Live" that can be accessed by visiting the following
link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIkauL1qfYg for those interested in
seeing the original artist in action.
Tomorrow night, Thursday, August 20, 2015 from 7:30pm to 10:30pm, Danny Dalelio & friends will be hosting jazz Thursday's at Smoke BBQ Pit located at 129-21 Merrick Blvd in Queens, NY with Danny Dalelio on keys, Eric Lemons on bass, Kristy Dalelio on vocals and Stephanie Jeannot on vocals. Not only can you enjoy a tasty meal or partake in some of the crazy drink specials but you will be entertained.
In 1996, Dr Mary Umolu founded the Jazzy Jazz Festival which
is a jazz festival celebrated for eight weeks in July and August. It is one of
the many free and open to the public summer outdoor concert series happening in
Brooklyn, New York.
In particular, the Jazzy Jazz Festival is presented at Medgar Evers college located at 1638 Bedford Avenue and the Corner of Crown Street. It takes place every Friday in July and August from 7PM to 10PM, rain or shine.
Jazzy Jazz Festival: July 24th, 2015
This year is no different. The 2015 Jazzy Jazz season has
commenced and in its third week which was July 24, 2015, the festival featured sounds
of the Medgar Evers Jazz Ensemble lead by Professor Roman G Mitchell, professor
of music at Medgar Evers College. The MEC Jazz Ensemble has been in operation
for the past 11 years.It first began as
an instrumental group, until it opened its doors to dynamic vocalists.
Crowds swarmed to the nicely organized seating area for the
festival’s 7PM start when Professor Moses Bernard Phillips, also professor of
music at Medgar Evers College, welcomed those present and opened up the concert
with an idea. He said, “jazz is African sensibility in European form displaying
improvisation, a unique individuality and the recognition of that individuality
as the improviser of note.”
What is Jazz?
A person like myself, vocalist, songwriter, composer and host of the Jazz on the JNote series
on 91.5FM via Medgar Evers College Radio and jazz researcher can be left
lingering on Phillips last word; note.The question that nobody seems to be able to answer with a consistent
conclusion is, what is jazz? Researchers have even compiled notes and
interviews into books such as, “What is This Thing Called Jazz” by Batt Johnson ,
trying to come up with the answer.
The music was wonderful. The musicians; energetic. The singing; powerful. And what a beautiful night to celebrate the cultural movement of jazz. The crowd participated, was lively and it made the night run even smoother. Sound was provided by wmecradio and was streamed live on wmecradio.com.
Lead by Mitchell was a beautiful group of singers and musicians, gathered to continue the legacy of jazz and share in the expression and beauty of the culture. Members include
David Francois . . . Manager Stephanie Jeannot . . . Vocalist/ Mezzo Professor Carolyn Jones . . . Vocalist/ Alto Nathaniel Manning . . . Drummer Professor Roman Mitchell . . . Ensemble Leader/ Pianist Felice Patton . . . Vocalist/ Soprano Jaymes Simmons . . . Vocalist/ Tenor Ashanta Woodley . . . Vocalist/ Soprano Carmen Zinsou . . . Vocalist/ Alto
while at the festival and with the wonderful music of the ensemble (which I am
also a member of) blaring in the background, I went on a mission, asking the
question about jazz to the jazz and music lovers that gathered for the festival. What is jazz?
Through questions, still shots of live music photography and
frames of the performances, I came up with this slideshow and I hope that you will
take the time to watch it.
My favorite responses were by the leader and pianist of the
jazz ensemble, Mitchell, who said, “what isn’t jazz music?” and also by William Rivers, video technician at MNN Studios, who said, "It's more than just music." Please click on the following
link to the slideshow featured on youtube below.
I had was myself. I was the instrument that I must care for”
In the heart of the night of June 4th, 2015,
minds were taken aback to days of old, when the Harlem Swing Dance Society
lindy hopped across the Alhambra Ballroom.
It was the first annual Purple Passion gala where crowds
of beautiful people filled the room situated on 127th Street and
Adam Clayton Powell Blvd in Harlem, New York to raise funds against domestic
Swing sounds influenced movements of Harlem’s fantastic
dancers, reigniting history before viewer’s eyes. Though a dance from the
1930s, the antiquated dance brought joy to the hearts of so many.
The sharing of these rhythmic complexities are all a
“part of a worldwide trend to get back to the dance floor” [Shona Smith].
Dancers Etta Dixon, Bernard Dove, Ronald Jones and Shana Weaver are all a part
of the Harlem Swing Dance Society, now in their seventh year of operation,
collaborating with established historical organizations in Harlem and making a
valuable contribution to the vibrant arts, culture and health of the community.
I will never forget watching the Nicholas Brothers slide,
hop and split down stairs in the movie, “Stormy Weather” which also featured
the swinging diva, Lena Horne, crooning her beauty to the world as dancers let
their fancy foot work speak for them. The only difference in the W.A.R.M. event
at Alhambra Ball Room was that the jazz band, Alvin Rogers and Harlem Freedom
Band featuring Stephanie Jeannot performed separately adding their genuine flavor
to the room. The music they played was kicking and had folks getting down,
followed by the true seasoned kicks of the Harlem Swing Dance Society keeping
the 90 year old dance within today’s culture. There was history parked in the
midst of each couple and right there in Harlem where the lindy hop first
The vibe at the Savoy Ballroom in the thirties must have
been amazing when these dances first appeared with Frankie “Meathead” Manning
and Charles Lindbergh, and were igniting passions.What a great idea to go back to our African
roots to help in celebrating the joys of life. If you are interested in knowing
more about the Harlem Swing Dance Society and about the historical dance, the
lindy hop, please check out: