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Saturday Panels
It Comes With The Territory: The Business Of Touring
January 31, 2009

This Saturday we start a new series of monthly get togethers, comprising panel discussions, films and live music. The first Saturday Panel, It Comes with the Territory: The Business Of Touring, will be held this Saturday from 10:00am - 4:00pm. We will take a frank and candid look at the realities of being on the road for musicians, as sidemen, as leaders and as people. Panelists will include vocalist Melba Joyce and drummer Marion Felder (both currently with the Count Basie Orchestra), bassist/educator Larry Ridley, pianist/composer Marc Cary, and bassist/author Bill Crow. The 1968 film Ellington on the Road will be shown, as well as other pertinent clips, and a surprise artist will perform as well. Since this is our first go around with this program, please be sure to come and help us take it into orbit.


10-1015 Welcome by Loren Schoenberg, executive Director NJMH

1015-1130 PANEL
One Hundred Years on the Road: Two Veteran Bassists Trade Fours
Bill Crow, Larry Ridley

1145-1215 PANEL
Fargo 1940: Ellington was there long before the film
A listening session to the Ellington’s band playing a one-nighter in a North Dakota ballroom and discussion of a 1943 New Yorker essay that chronicled the realities Ellington and his band faced.

1230-145 PANEL
Juggling a Life: Finances, Family and Fun
Vocalist Melba Joyce, pianist Marc Cary and drummer Marion Felder speak about the challenges of travelling, career and maintaining a life beyond the road while on it.

Live music by the National Jazz Museum in Harlem All stars

245-4 FILM
Ellington on the Road
A classic film showing what it was like for America’s greatest composer and his band in 1968.

Marion Felder, Dominick Farinacci, Yasushi Nakamura, Quincy Davis
Bill Crow and Larry Ridley
Loren Schoenberg, Marc Cary, Melba Joyce, Marion Felder

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