Thank You!

Jazz in the Meadow 2013

The tents and the stage have been struck and all the guests have returned to such diverse locations as Cape May, NJ, Brookeville, MD, and the states of WV, Ohio, and New York.  There was, of course, a large contingent from Pittsburgh, Ligonier, and Somerset.  While there is a bit of quietude, there remains a hint of jazz wafting through the Laurel Mountains.

The Bartlett family and Benny Benedum want to thank all of you for attending and enjoying an afternoon of great music, food, meeting new friends, and renewing old friendships.  We also wish to thank those who helped with the setting up, the special wines and hors d’oeuvres you shared, and the love and friendship that came with you.

We thought the entire musical program was exceptional.  Frank, Pat, and Lenny were their usual lyrical selves and Patty added that exotic voicing to the Latin songs and standards.  As mentioned in the invitation – “special musical guests” did appear. The first was our co-host, Benny Benedum, with accompaniment by Frank.  Benny dazzled us with his boogie-woogie style playing.  Not bad for a fellow with a carpal tunnel problem who was unable to practice till two days before the event.

The Rockwood Area High School/Alumni Jazz Band was “spot on” with their renditions of “big band” presentations.  This provided a grand but somewhat somber swan song for their director, Rich Kingera who has retired after 36 years of teaching.  Thanks to all of you who contributed to our “fund for future jazz artists”.  We will be able to send a generous donation to the Rockwood Area High School Music Department.

For a finale, who could have asked for more?  Mike Tomaro leading the Joe Negri rhythm group of Max, Tony, and Tom.  Their program was the piece de resistance.  Our gratitude to Mike for stepping in for Joe Negri.  To add to the Mike Tomaro Quartet’s brilliant performance, the second “special musical guest” appeared –  none other than the newest addition to the Pittsburgh jazz scene – Dane Vannatter.  He captivated the savvy jazz audience with a few of his swinging and ballad style vocalizations.  Keep an eye on this gentleman – he is now a Pittsburgh sensation.

There is much work that goes into “Jazz in the Meadow” but when we see people enjoying themselves and the music and the profuse thanks those in attendance give us, it makes it more than worthwhile.

Again, thank you for attending and we look forward to our next get-together.

~ Brooks, Helen and family, and Benny

6 thoughts to “Thank You!”

  1. Hi Bartlett’s Great stuff … Enjoyed being able to read the article and see some photos..
    Glad you all enjoyed Mike … He’s a joy…

    The day sounded great .. Once again , sorry I had to miss it


  2. Dear Brooks & Helen,

    I’m so sorry I had to miss being there to enjoy the friendship and wonderful music.
    I hope to be there next year.

    Thanks for sharing all the details for us.

    Looking forward to seeing you both soon!
    Donna Bailey

  3. Once again it was a JOY to spend the day IN THE MEADOW with great friends and wonderful entertainment. We will always be happy to be a part …. just keep asking ! !

  4. Dear Helen, Brooks, family and Benny,

    Dennis and I enjoyed the afternoon with jazz, food, drink and friends. We chatted with old and new friends. Jazz in the Meadow is the highlight of our summer in TCA. We know how much work goes into this event and want the entire Bartlett family to know how much we appreciate your efforts.

    Thanks Benny for your entertainment. You did a great job!

    We look forward to seeing everyone in two years.

    Thanks so much!

    Dela and Dennis

  5. To my musical friends:
    What a delightful afternoon my daughter in law and granddaughters and I had. The food, friendships and music was so wonderful. We were very happy …I know there was a lot of hard work went into this day even though you tried to make it look easy…everyone was smiling and smiling .
    Thank you again for including us and I look forward to seeing you soon again ..
    My love and appreciation
    Moira and family

  6. Dear Brooks, Helen, Sandy, Nancy, Sean, Gabe & Benny,
    “Jazz in the Meadow 2013”, what a lovely way to spend a beautiful summer day with the dearest of friends! It is difficult to choose a favorite part of the day, however we decided that it was the family, the friends, the food and “all that jazz”. There is no other place we would rather have been than right there in the meadow at Triple Creek Acres on July 13, 2013. Looking ahead to 2015, we have already marked our calendars. “With a song in our hearts”, we are sending love and a great big Thank You! Bonnie & Franklin

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