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17 AUGUST 2015:
Back, L to R: Jim Munns, Sara Siegmann,
Alex Walker, Glenn Nielsen, Jeff Walker,
Front, L to R:Frank Ransley, Maria Hilgers,
Isis Leonard, Quinn Leonard
JAZZ IN THE AGE OF STEAM
On the sweltering afternoon of Sunday 16 August 2015, the McFarland Historical Society hosted a Victorian-themed lawn party at the Larson House Museum, featuring the AITDJB as audio entertainment. On hand was a combobulation of steampunks in rather full regalia, from richly broidered velvets to distressed leather, not lacking cogs and lenses, as well as Museum staff in period garb. They all looked hot.
We took this opportunity to debut the Ferryboat Serenade Polka, on the indisputable grounds that its lyric mentions a steamboat and is therefore the most nearly steam-related piece we have. To my knowledge, this is the World McFarland premier of this piece as performed by a small jazz ensemble.
The occasion also marked the debut (sadly unaccentuated by the special bow-tie) of the band’s newest member, Jim Munns, who joins us on drums.