Claire Gordon, Yanti Gordon, Amanda Griffith
Jazz Society of Santa Cruz, Amanda Griffith - Flute, Steve Newman - Saxaphone
Last weekend I had an opportunity to play the song “Unforgettable” for Claire Gordon, the wife of songwriter Irving Gordon, and the woman for whom the song was written:) The occasion was a visit Claire made to the Jazz Society of Santa Cruz at my invitation to celebrate her 93rd Birthday! I met Claire through her Granddaughter-in-law, who is the nanny of one of my piano students, gave me her new novel entitled The Color of Music It was a terrific event, and the video I created and the visit were covered in the Jazz Society’s weekly newsletter (see blurb below).
You can find my video on my Facebook page, as well as from the links below.
Excerpt: Jazz Society of Santa Cruz Weekly Newsletter, January 31st, 2012
CHECK OUT THIS LINK! Jazz Soc. of Santa Cruz- facebook
It contains a YouTube movie of Marcos Warshaw and our house band and Amanda Griffith on flute singing and playing “UNFORGETTABLE”! at a week ago SUNDAYS Jazz Jam at Bocci’s.
The occasion was that Jazz Soc director Mike Carder’s friend, the flutist Amanda Griffith came over with her friend CLAIRE GORDON and family. They all came from over the hill, but Claire who is in her early ninety’s is definitely not over the hill, Claire came to celebrate her birthday. The song was done because Claire was the wife of the composer Irving Gordon, who wrote “Unforgettable” for Claire!
Claire brought some copies of her book My Unforgettable Jazz Friends which she wrote a few years ago. It is her memoire of a life linked with jazz greats like Duke Ellington, Benny Carter, Dizzy, and countless others. It begins in Los Angeles in the late 30′s. It’s a fascinating, honest book of what life and music was like from then to now.
Find out more about this great book here- http://www.myjazzfriends.com/
Besides this book, Claire also wrote a novel about jazz and race entitled The Color of Music – ClaireGordonJazz.com
PS- I didn’t get the link to the YouTube movie from anyone who was at the jam. I got it from a jazz musician, Wil, in New York who I’ve known for 30 years. He got it from a good friend of his who was at the jam because she is a good friend of Claire’s. Wil looked at it and saw me, so he sent it to me. The small world of the Internet! Weird. (Steve Newman, president, Jazz Society of Santa Cruz County)