Cup Of Jazz

210 Patrons Enjoying Saturday Morning Jazz

210 Patrons Enjoying Saturday Morning Jazz

Do you enjoy music or having a good time?  Enjoy food and good company?  I know a place where you can find it.

For some weeks I have been hearing rumblings of fun times and good music coming from the Saturday morning gathering of musicians and music fans at 210 in downtown Visalia (210 Center Street).  Last Saturday I was able to break free from work and experience it myself – and I plan to return soon!.  Of course, camera in hand, I took some photos.

Musicians, singers and dancers making music together.

Musicians, singers and dancers (some from the audience) making music together.

I have not done any proper journalistic investigation on how this all started, but I gather the very talented man behind the piano, Richard Garoogian, has gathered some friends to  play a variety of jazz each Saturday morning from 10:00 AM to Noon.  And the talent is tremendous!  Did I mention, this musical event is FREE too.  (Apologies up front that I could not stay longer and get the names of everyone).

Richard Garoogian

I liked that Richard gave stories of how some of the music/lyrics were created from the artists he has rubbed elbows with over his career.

Jazz on the Flute

Jazz on the Flute

Jazz on the Harmonica

Jazz on the Harmonica

Add some delightful singing

Add some delightful singing

Larry on the Base

Larry on the Bass

Singing with audience participation

Singing with both musicians and audience participation

A little Soft Shoe next to a Barista doing Tap Dancing

A little Soft Shoe next to a Barista doing Tap Dancing

When I took this next photo, it was with the idea of showing the yummy goodies to eat at 210 – and the person eating it had character.

Eating one of 210's delicious pastries

Eating one of 210’s delicious pastries

Then I watched as he grabbed the microphone and belted out a number of hits.  Clearly “New York Dave” has done this many times before.

“New York Dave” belting out the hits

Latin Dancing to Beethoven's Für Elise

A little Latin Dancing to Beethoven’s Für Elise – probably my most favorite creative piece of music for the day

Once upon a time in another life, I dabbled at the piano.  When I was young my Aunt Sue played magnificently Beethoven’s Für Elise in our home and over a long time I pecked away at it until I had memorized it.  So I was surprised when Richard starts playing the traditional piece on the piano and soon it magically morphs into a Latin Tango, yet you could still recognize Für Elise in it.  Magnificent!  Wished I had shot video of it to capture the music.

I had a delightful time and cannot wait to return to more musical enjoyment.  Hope you stop by 210 on a Saturday morning and take it all in.  Bring your appetite too – the food is good.

146 more photos of this morning posted here: Cup of Jazz

   Ron Ludekens 2-13-13

About Ron Ludekens

God created a marvelous world full of wonderful sights and people. He is the Creator and it is His Palette of beauty that Ron Ludekens tries to capture as photographic images. Images of nature or images of people and their lives - both reflect the handiwork of the Creator. Ron is a photographer living in Visalia, California - part of the great Central Valley. He is immediately surrounded by agriculture and all the hard working people that feed our world. A short distance away are the grand Sierra Nevada mountains, impressive National Parks and, wider still, the vast diversity that California has to offer. Ron is one of the family owners of the L.E. Cooke Co Wholesale Nursery - a leader in the horticulture industry of North America. Even on the job, his camera is always near by. His photos for the nursery trade have been published in print and around the websites of nurseries across America. Ron is also a leader in his church and its missions. Ron's photography has been a resource the church uses in its communications and message. Plus photos of all the fun things we do are shared among members and friends. Ron also loves capturing precious moments in lives of people. Weddings, senior portraits, graduations, family gatherings, maternity and special events. Ron will not shoot more than four weddings a year to provide the attention to detail and followup that is required for such an important milestone event in the lives of the couple. Ron can be reached at 559-732-7165 or cell 559-967-5370.
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