Jazz in the Meadow 2019 – Thank You!

Jazz in the Meadow 2019

Dear friends of our 2019 Jazz in the Meadow,

We want to thank you for joining us to celebrate jazz and friendship in our meadow.  You came from near and far and we feel so blessed!!  Many thanks to you all for your treats and contributions.  We also want to thank our family – Sandy and Sean and Nancy and Gabe – for all their hard work and contributions.

It was so rewarding to have you all present providing a spirit of conviviality that made for a joyous afternoon and early evening!!

“God willing and the Creeks don’t rise”, we will do it again in 2021.  Please don’t wait that long to be in touch.

Click HERE to see photos & videos from this years Jazz in the Meadow 2019!

Stay well.  Warmest regards,  Brooks and Helen

Save the Date – Jazz in the Meadow 2019!

Good afternoon friends of our Jazz in the Meadow. It is time to celebrate two great loves in our lives… wonderful friends like you and the hot/cool sounds of Jazz!

We are happy to announce the time of our next Jazz in the Meadow so please put it on your calendar!

Saturday, July 13th at 1:00pm at our Meadow in Somerset County

We have a musical line-up for you that is nonpareil –

We lead off with the Frank Cunimundo Trio (who has a fantastic new CD out).

They will be followed by Dr. James Moore and his West Virginia Wesleyan College group (all of whom are destined for jazz stardom).

The grand finale is just that – a vocalist and musicians who have already attained the heights of musical fame – Dane Vanatter on vocals and Mike Tomaro and his all-star group accompanying him.

There will be food and drinks (wine, beer, soda, and water) for all.  However, you are welcome to bring your favorite food/beverage.

For those traveling a distance, we suggest spending a night or two in the Laurel Highlands.  The Trenthouse Inn/Bed and Breakfast and  Seven Springs are close by.  Early reservations are recommended as mid summer is a busy time in the mountains.  Click HERE for additional lodging.

More information will follow – we just wanted you to “Save the Date”!

Looking forward to seeing you there,
Brooks and Helen Bartlett


Jazz in the Meadow 2019
Please contact us if you are interested in attending.

Jazz in the Meadow 2013 – Update

Hi friends and jazz lovers – the time is rapidly approaching for the Bartlett-Benedum get-together on July 13, 2013. We honor invitees whom we admire, respect, and love.

We start the day at 1:00 p.m. with a welcome and a blessing. Then, the dean of jazz piano in Pittsburgh, Frank Cunimondo and his trio kick off the afternoon with great selections from his 20 records and CDs. Frank is a legend in jazz along with his many Westinghouse High School’s Wall of Fame honorees who include such artists as Ahmad Jamal, Dakota Staton, and many more. Frank played the “Tonight Show” and had the “best Jazz CD” in Paris, France just a couple of years ago. It is great to have Frank back along with his trio – Pat Crossley and our “house” drummer, Tom Wendt.

We welcome back the Rockwood Area High School and Alumni Jazz Band. They were a big hit at the last Jazz in the Meadow. Donations collected at that event in the sum of $500. were donated to the Music Department at Rockwood Area High School. We hope to continue this way of encouraging jazz in the high school age group.

And, what a finale we have arranged this year. The Joe Negri Quartet tops off the day at 5:30 p.m. Joe’s resume reads like the history of jazz in Pittsburgh – a radio and television star who often performs with the Pittsburgh Symphony, records with all of the great jazz artists, and is Michael Feinstein’s favorite guitar player. World wide, Joe is known as “Handyman Negri” on the Fred Roger’s Neighborhood. Joe is the epitome of a great jazz musician and great guy in life. Joe will be accompanied by the talented Max Leake on piano, Tony Depolis on bass, and the inimitable Tom Wendt on drums.

So, arrive early. Enjoy hardy hors d’oeuvres, beverages, and some of the best company with whom to spend a summer afternoon.

Official invitations will be arriving soon by land mail with RSVP status, directions to our meadow, etc.

P.S. Those wishing to spend an overnight in the Laurel Highlands should make early reservations at the local B and B’s and/or Seven Spring. Reservations are going quickly.


Please contact us if you are interested in attending.

2013 Heads Up!

Here’s a “heads up” regarding the 2013 edition of the Bartlett-Benedum Jazz in the Meadow. This event is scheduled for July 13 (Saturday).

We start the afternoon at 1:00 p.m. with the Frank Cunimondo Trio. Following Frank, we again will be entertained by the Rockwood Area High School/Alumni Jazz Band. At 5:30 p.m. the Joe Negri Mike Tomaro Quartet will wrap up this marvelous day of music and conviviality.

So, come early (1:00 p.m.) and stay late (7:00 p.m.). Help us to continue the theme of our lawn party that promotes jazz, friendship, and conviviality.

We suggest early reservation at the local B and B’s and/or Seven Springs if you plan to stay overnight.

Brooks & Helen Bartlett

Jazz in the Meadow 2011 – TOMORROW!!!

Hooray!! We just saw the sun!

Yes, we have been having rain, rain, and more rain, but all weather stations are promising a perfect day for jazz – mid 80’s and sun!

As we have always said, dress for Mountain fashion. This means shoes that can get you in and out of puddles. And this year we are recommending chairs rather than beach blankets.

The big tent is in place and we are about to set up the canopies for food and beverages.

See you all at 1:00 for the Marty Ashby Quartet followed by the Rockwood High School Jazz Band and then at 5:00 for the Frank Cunimundo Trio!

– Brooks & Helen Bartlett

Jazz in the Meadow 2011 – Update!

Wow, can’t believe that in just two weeks we will all be enjoying the sounds of jazz in the meadow!

We are still waiting to hear from some of you and hope that you are clearing your schedules because as always it promises to be a fantastic event with all of that incredible talent and all of you wonderful friends. For those who have already RSVP’d, we apologize for the duplicate notice.

We’ve now had days of sun and days of less than stellar weather and it all turns out to be great fun but certainly dress accordingly – it’s just not as fun to sit on a damp beach towel with a white dress.

The Bartlett Girls are working out the menu and as always we welcome favorite foods that you would enjoy bringing. Bocce was a hit in 2009 in between the raindrops and we hope also to have croquet set up.  In between acts please feel free to walk around the area, and even to bring water wear if you would like to play in the creek.

As always we can’t wait to see everyone and to hear some great jazz!

– Brooks & Helen Bartlett

Jazz in the Meadow 2011 – Invitation

The Brooks Bartlett family and Benny Benedum invite you to:
Jazz in the Meadow – Saturday, July 9, 2011

We welcome you to an afternoon/early evening of music, friendship, and conviviality.
The entertainment starts at 1:00 p.m. with music by the Marty Ashby quartet,
followed by the Rockwood High School Jazz Band.
At 5:00 p.m. Frank Cunimondo and his trio will present jazz standards.

Hearty hors d’oeuvres and beverages (wine, beer, and soda) will be served.
Please bring a chair or blanket and join us for the celebration of Friendship and Jazz.
Casual attire and comfortable shoes recommended.

Surprise musical guests may appear!

Please RSVP by June 27, 2011

Jazz in the Meadow 2011 – Spring Update

“Joy Spring” – “Up Jumped Spring” – just two jazz songs that express our feelings precisely as we ready for this summer’s “Jazz in the Meadow”. Plans continue apace for the Bartlett/Benedum July 9, 2011 musical extravaganza. This summer’s event will feature a stage for the most talent laden groups of musicians we have ever presented. In addition, a number of exceptional musicians will be attending and may “jam” with our scheduled combos. As usual, the audience will be made up of equally exceptional personages. Be ready for some surprise guests. Again, this year folks attending will be friends of the Bartletts and Benedums whom we admire, respect, and love.

The afternoon begins with a welcome by the hosts and then a blessing by Rev. Dr. Richard A. Morledge. This occurs promptly at 1:00 p.m. The musical portions start with the lilting and mellow rhythms of the Marty Ashby Quartet – each of whom is a jazz master in his own right.

As we alluded to in our February announcement, we have arranged for a local high school jazz band to play. Plans are now finalized to have the Rockwood High School Jazz Band, under the direction of Rich Kingera, to segue between the Marty Ashby Quartet and the Frank Cunimondo Trio. We are very grateful for the cooperation of the Rockwood School superintendent, Mr. Mark Bower, and the Rockwood School Board. The young jazz musicians are not professionals so do not receive payment for their appearances. So, we are suggesting that anyone wishing to make a donation for their appearance can do so on July 9th at Jazz in the Meadow. The entire donation will go to the Rockwood High School Music Department – hopefully “earmarked” for jazz instruction and presentations. It is our hope that this high school gig will promote jazz for the younger generation.

At 5:00 p.m. we are proud and pleased to bring back one of Pittsburgh’s favorite jazz piano groups – the Frank Cunimondo Trio. Frank will be accompanied by the legendary Pat (the Barbarian) Crossley and the young drummer phenom – Tom Wendt.

As those of you who have attended this lawn party in the past know, it is dedicated to the promotion of Friendship and Jazz. The usual format continues with live music, conviviality, hardy hors d’oeuvres and libations.

So, again, please mark your calendars. Bring a chair or a blanket, and be prepared for a relaxing afternoon-early evening of jazz and good company.

We suggest checking the location page of the website for overnight lodging at the local B and B’s or Seven Springs Resort.

If you receive this update, you are on the invitation list. But a formal invitation will follow for RSVPs.

Brooks & Helen Bartlett

Thanks for the Memories!

The 2009 edition of Jazz in the Meadow was a great success despite a few showers. The gathering of marvelous musicians, great friends, and plentiful food and libation soon overcame the inconvenience of a little dampness. The Bartlett family and Benny Benedum enjoyed the day as much or more than the guests. Once Benny gets his carpal tunnel problem resolved he hopes to again become part of the entertainment.
Salsamba was a big hit — they brought tropical aires and soon warmed the meadow with their Latin tempos. Much thanks to Eric, George, Eric, Paul, and Tom.

Special thanks to Jeff Lashway for stepping in at the last minute for Frank Cunimondo. Jeff, Pat (the Barbarian), and Tom did a beautiful job.

My gratitude to my wife, Helen, who was the coordinator of the event and to Benny Benedum – the co-host. His friendship and love of jazz further bonds our relationship. Many thanks to our family – Sandy and Nancy organized the food and drinks and worked on the general coordination. Sean and Gabe took care of the technical aspects of the website, sounds, and photography. That work continues as they ready the Jazz in the Meadow 2009 website up-date (stay tuned!).

The tone of the day was set with the beautiful blessing by Rev. Richard Moreledge and then encapsulated with a toast by Franklin Blackstone. Thank you both for your eloquence!

Our thanks would not be complete without acknowledging the efforts of the many friends and neighbors who helped with set-up of the stage, brought tables, food, etc. and were generally supportive.

Kudos also to our Ambassadors of Jazz – Sue and Jim Armour, Bonnie and Franklin Blackstone, and Dela and Denny Lowther. Didn’t they look sartorially resplendent in their pink blazers?

Thanks, Tim Stevens, for your rendition of “My Funny Valentine” dedicated to Bonnie Blackstone.

To all our friends – we thank you!! It was a joy to share with you a day set aside to celebrate Friendship and Jazz.

Plans are being made for the 2011 event. Please let us know of your thoughts and comments.