Lucy Galliher Lucy Galliher, pianist, composer, educator, and East Coast Editor for Jazz Now Interactive, usually writes this column; however, in April she came out to California for her annual visit, and we decided to throw her annual party.

Nina Hodgson, long time editor of Jazz Now, offered her house. The house was built in 1926 by her great grandfather, G. B. Alforno, for his daughter, Nina's grandmother. G. B. Alforno is the same person who created the mosaic of the Great Seal of California on the floor of the San Francisco Ferry Building.

The house in the Berkeley hills has a spectacular view of San Francisco, the Golden Gate bridge, Marin County, and San Francisco Bay. Of all the pictures we have, no one bothered to take a picture of the view.

As soon as Lucy walked in the door, she headed straight for the grand piano, I jumped on my drums, and the party started. Frank Jackson and his wife Kathy came and, of course, Frank pushed Lucy off the piano bench and played and sang. Walter Savage brought his bass, and the music got thicker. Doug Edwards came and started scatting to the music. Afrikahn Dayvs added the congas to the mix ,and Larry Hancock took over the drum duties from me.

 Haybert Houston at the drums

Susan Getz (photo at left), whose CD Jazz Boxx is reviewed in this issue, sang, and so did Mishla. World renown bassist, Jeff Chambers was in the audience but did not play. Rich Kalman from the group Con Alma sang.
Loy Wiese and his wife Judy, Nina's wine connoisseur neighbors, brought some special bottles to add the table already laden with food. Loy also took the candid shots shown here. Jeff Chambers 
 John Tibbetts Lemuel West wowed us with his booming voice. There were many other people in attendance, such as John Tibbetts who produced James Williams last CD, the box set Jazz Dialogues. We had a great time, sorry you missed it.

by Haybert K. Houston

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