We received a nice letter from Rebecca Reimers ’87
I see in the latest PAW that I promised to post Bob River’s talk to Princeton undergraduates and Gunn Weber’s obituary (George’s widow), and I have done neither! I believe I took off for New Zealand and then forgot.
Here is Bob’s story. (When there, click on “Growing up….”
I will locate Gunn’s obituary and post it as soon as I can. Another column is due tomorrow! I’ve got to do that first.
I will post the list of our classmates lost in the past year or so, as published at Alumni Day in February, when I return home in April.
Here it is (April 15):
Our 63rd Reunion will be May 26 – 28, with headquarters being at Forbes College (formerly the “Princeton Inn”) with the Class of 1951.
Our list of officers has been amended following the recent death of webmaster Charles Barham and Chris Webber accepting the position of Class Memorialist.
CLASS OF 1953 MEMORIAL TRADITIONAL JAZZ CONCERT
No doubt many of our classmates recall hearing superb Traditional (or “Dixieland”) Jazz in New Orleans, or at the Club Hangover in San Francisco, or at the 1111 Club in Chicago, or at Jimmy Ryan’s, Nick’s, or Eddie Condon’s in New York City. This concert was presented in January 2016 to the residents of Kendal at Hanover (NH), who include Nick Heyniger, Hal Hiser, Annah Pytte, by your secretary, John Stone. It is reproduced here in memory of our Class Website Manager CHARLIE BARHAM, who passed away in February, and of all our deceased classmates who would have loved to have been honored in this way.
George Buck, founder of Jazzology in 1949 (Jazzology, GHB and other labels), wrote about the CD of this concert as follows: “In my humble opinion, this is one of the most exciting jazz concerts we have ever recorded…”
Instructions for listening
For single-person listening:
1. Connect a good-quality pair of earphones to the computer’s 1/8” earphone jack. Normally this will provide excellent quality sound.
2. Click on a YouTube link picture in the concert below to listen to the tune you choose. When the tune ends, or when you wish to stop it, click on the picture again and click the next picture you wish to hear.
You can switch from normal screen to full screen view by clicking in the square box on the lower right corner of the screen image. Press escape to return to normal screen.
For multi-person listening – if you have the necessary cables and connectors:
For video: connect computer to TV with HDMI or RGB connector cable
For audio: you will need cables and connectors to link the 1/8” earphone outlet on your computer to RCA audio plugs to a CD or comparable input on your receiver or audio system (or TV if it has decent audio).
If you have a 1/8” stereo audio plug splitter, it might be possible for two persons to listen with earphones. I haven’t tried it.
Class of 1953 Memorial Traditional Jazz Concert
“Eddie Condon Tribute”
Aka “Jammin’ for Condon”
The music in this concert was recorded (1) in the tiny country of San Marino in June 2000 and (2) at the world famous Ascona Jazz Concert on Lago Maggiorre, Switzerland on July 4, 2001. The music features cornet player Ed Polcer ’58, who played for 1953 at our 45th Reunion. He closed his performance at our Reunion with “Hindustan”, a rousing number which you will hear twice in this 1953 Memorial Concert – once in a traditional seven piece band, and once in a stunning “double front line” jam session.
The music starts here. Click on the picture (URL link) to listen. Click on it again to stop. Then click on the next picture (URL link) to choose the next number. There may be other ways to navigate between tunes that I have not yet learned!
1. There’ll Be Some Changes Made – Ed Polcer, Alan Vache, Bob Havens – There may be a long ad at beginning. Sorry. There will be a jam session version of this number later in the program. There are some audio disconnects in this and some of the other numbers.
2. Hindustan – a normal-sized band as played at Eddie Condon’s 60 – 70 years ago – Polcer ‘58, Vache, Havens. I apologize for another ad at beginning. Recorded in San Marino, July 2000. Ed played this number to close our 45th Reunion concert. A jam session of this number from the 2001 Ascona concert will follow immediately. (9:00)
(Note: Recorded volume on the following is higher than the two above. Adjust volume.)
The following numbers were recorded at the Ascona Jazz Festival on July 5, 2001. Several of these numbers are “jam sessions” in contrast to the standard “single front line” Dixieland bands.
You will recognize only Polcer and Patruno from the first two numbers.
3. Hindustan – Jam Session – Ascona, Lake Maggiore, Switzerland,7/5/ 2001 – Polcer again, but note the double front lines – contrast in energy – Watch for great back & forths between trumpets, trombones, reeds, etc. Decreasing # of bars. Note especially the Baker – Polcer back and forth. Amazing crescendo at end. Excellent! Alas, Tom Baker died suddenly in the Netherlands on October 23, 2001. (8:14)
4. You Took Advantage of me – a change of pace, includes a vocalist – smaller band – part of Lino Patruno’s jam session – Red Pellini, Jim Galloway from Scotland, Tom Baker USA citizen living in AUS. (4:33)
5. There’ll Be Some Changes Made – very bad synchronization sound to video – video up to 30 seconds late. Note switch from one foursome to the other prior to ensemble jam session. (10:06)
6. I’m Confessing That I Love You – standard sized band selected from the jam session participants: Pellini, Dan Barrett, Ed Polcer, Evan Christopher (8:00)
7. Linger Awhile – three trombones, no cornet or reed: Dan Barrett, Tom Baker, and Michael Supnick. Not a typical “jam session” with double front line, but an interesting variation. (9:12)
8. The Sheik of Araby – another variation from the normal – four trumpets, no trombone or reed – marvelous series of solos – Baker, Barrett, Polcer and Supnick. Polcer plays an outstanding cornet solo. (4:30)
9. I Want To Be Happy – our closing number, one of my favorites – full jam session – you can see Condon & Gene Schroeder briefly at beginning – note superb back & forth with Polcer and Baker on cornets – also Galloway and Christopher on reeds: A great closing number. Let’s all be Happy! (9:01)
END of CLASS OF 1953 MEMORIAL JAZZ CONCERT
Another Ascona concert number:
Singing the Blues
Lino Patruno’s concert featuring Luca Velotti, Jim Galloway, Tom Baker and Michael Supnick
Ascona Jazz Festival, or Jazz Ascona, is an annual Jazz Festival held in Ascona, Switzerland. The 10-day festival, from late June to early July takes place on the Swiss shores of Lake Maggiore and is devoted to historical styles of jazz and in particular to the music of New Orleans. Under the artistic direction of Nicolas Gilliet, Jazz Ascona features more than 200 concerts and 300 artists, and specials events such as: gospel choirs, jam sessions, exhibits, conferences, and films. Considered one of the most important European Jazz Festivals, Jazz Ascona attracts enthusiasts  from all over the globe.
See more at: http://www.jazzascona.ch/index.php/en/the-festival/history#sthash.AwrOaprN.dpuf
To purchase a CD of the Ascona, Switzerland jazz concert, with many of the numbers from this Kendal concert, visit the following website.
About Ed Polcer
Ed Polcer, Princeton Class of 1958, is recognized as one of the world’s finest jazz musicians. Winner of numerous awards, he played at the wedding of Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier at Monaco while still an undergraduate at Princeton. After performing at Monaco and subsequently at Carnegie Hall, Ed gave up thoughts of a potential professional baseball career, or an engineering career, and focused on his music. He has played for five US presidents, including a performance at the Congressional Ball during the Clinton administration. His fans have found him performing at Princeton reunions virtually every year since his graduation.
The CD related to our concert was also called the “Eddie Condon Tribute” to match the title of the concert in Ascona, Switzerland, and the fact that Ed Polcer co-owned and performed at the Eddie Condon Jazz Club in New York after Condon’s death. John Stone believes that there are other Kendal residents who treasure memories of this kind of music from jazz clubs in New York City in the forties through sixties, such as Eddie Condon’s club on West 3rd Street, or Nick’s at 7th Avenue and 17th Street, or Jimmy Ryan’s on West 52nd Street. Some of the selections for this concert are available on CDs.
Sophomore Emily Pauls ’18 has written us a very nice letter with thanks for our Class of 1953 Memorial Scholarship. She comes to Princeton from a very interesting family as the first to attend a university. You will be proud that the class has helped enable her Princeton education.
Paul Hertelendy thinks that he is, at least in part, eccentric, and he hopes that others who feel likewise will write us and tell us about it.
Perhaps you have a folder marked EEC, for “Eccentric Ectivities by Classmates.” If so, this might fit:
The most inspiring of my avocations these days is dashing around the fields as a (licensed) soccer referee for junior soccer, which I’ve done some 600 times in the Oakland-Berkeley (California) area, dating back to a 1965 start. Seeing the 12 to 14 year-old boys and girls with good skills running, passing, interacting, all with a focus on The Game (and not on ego, roughing or revenge) is a rush of adrenalin every Saturday, even though none of them were born in my millennium. Their enthusiasm and fervor are my nirvana. I get paid, technically, but never withdraw the funds—I feel I should pay for the privilege, as I get so much out of it, especially with witnessing a flood of goals ending in an invigorating 4-3 or 5-4 result. The multiple levels of interaction—-with coaches, assistant refs, players, spectators, rule book—-are a constant fascination. And ending matches with fist-bumps or hand-slaps to all involved are a joy, especially if they haven’t raised Cain about me at midfield with my knee brace, white cane, seeing-eye dog, ear trumpet, and barely enough breath by the closing moments to toot whistles or hold up yellow caution cards.
And with pro soccer on TV, I watch not the players but the referees tearing up and down the field. Just call me eccentric!
Paul Hertelendy ’53
The University has informed us of the winners of scholarships awarded by the Class of 1953 Memorial Scholarship and also endowed scholarships provided by Gordon Beaham and Peter Nomikos. The University’s report can be read by clicking here:
Skip Madden told me that I could Google and find an article about not only Steve but his father and our classmate Malcolm Kerr, killed in 1984. I found one, but my computer is slow this morning and it was difficult seeing the entire article. Anyway, here the link. Maybe I’ll find another one if I look:
Here is another link:
Sorry: neither link seems to work. But you can find the articles via Google.
The Wall Street Journal on May 13 wrote about coach Steve Kerr of the Golden State Warriors. Steve is the son of our Malcolm Kerr who was assassinated in his office in Beirut in 1984, when he was serving the American University in Beirut as president. Thanks to Skip Madden for bringing this article to our attention.
Click below to read the article.
Generations of Benders have been leaders in Albany, NY. It explains why our Reunion Year books are in a class by themselves. Read on! Albany Leader Matt Bender ’53.
Dave Brown has reserved Beden’s Brook Country Club for our 65th Reunions Dinner Thursday night in 2018. The event has been a highlight of our major reunions for many years now.
For information on this year’s Reunion, see below.
The Program for this year’s Service of Remembrance at Alumni Day is posted here for those interested. For privacy reasons, e.g. “identity theft” etc., we are advised not to publish the deceased last year for all of the classes, but for our class click here for the program and those listed from 1953.
In its mega-issue dated Feb, 23 – Mar. 2, The New Yorker highlighted the past ninety years with “Snaps” of each decade, e.g. 1925 – 1935, and so on nine times. For its 1975 – 1985 decade “Snap” it selected an article by Elizabeth Kolbert including a photo of John McPhee canoeing in Ontario with daughters Jenny and Sarah, The “Snap” highlighted for that decade the oil production in Alaska and John’s book Coming Into The Country, which began as a series of articles in the magazine.
I receive frequent notes indicating strong musical interests among our classmates. A PAW column noting some of them is in the planning stage and will reference the following link. Mozart lovers: I strongly recommend you click below to hear Bob Kenagy’s granddaughter Margot playing the Allegro from Mozart’s Concerto No. 4 in D Major. The youtube recording stated that Margot was 17 when this was recorded, but Bob tells me she was 16! Peggy Runger has been following Margot’s career in Nashville, where Margot is now a “freshman” at Vanderbilt.
ENCORE NUMBER 1:
Now listen to Margot playing Beethoven’s Sonata No. 5, the “Spring” Sonata
ENCORE NUMBER 2:
Edward “Luke” Packard’s grandson Chris Dahlke is a thirteen year old eighth grader and has been studying the violin for eight years with Shelley Beard Schleigh. He plays with the first violin section of the Delaware County Youth Orchestra and the Delaware Honors Festival Orchestra. He is a member of the Camerata Honors Program at the Music School of Delaware. He studies with many top professionals and has numerous awards to his credit. Here you can here him play a Mendelssohn Concerto.
ENCORE NUMBER 3:
Margot is now first violinist in the Vanderbilt orchestra, Here she is with Peggy Runger followoing a recent concert:
ENCORE NUMBER 5:
Just for a change of pace: How many of you remember our 45th, when the Ed Polcer All Stars played at our reunion Friday night? Ed is Class of 1958, so when we didn’t hire him again at our 60th Marcia and I went over to 1958, where he was playing for his own class. At our 45th, his closing number was a rousing “Hindustan”. Here you can again hear Ed playing Hindustan in an Eddie Condon tribute in Switzerland some dozen years ago. Ed is the short cornetist with the white trousers and blue blazer. After Eddie Condon died, Ed bought the Eddie Condon night club in NYC. He is still going strong and has a number of CDs. This version is a “jam session”, i.e. a version with a double or even triple “front line”. Watch especially the give and take between Ed and Tom Baker, the other cornet player, when they have their 32 or whatever bars. Enjoy, and if you want more, contact me and I’ll steer you in the right direction: USE EARPHONES WITH YOUR COMPUTER FOR THE UTMOST ENJOYMENT.
Dr. Gumperson has been a major part of my life since I first read about him in the London Edition of the Wall Street Journal in the early sixties. He has played major roles in my fly fishing efforts and the weather and just about anything else that I attempt to do. You may find that he has been part of your life all these years also. Read on: