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 Gatesworth Residents Enjoy Concert    posted 6/25/19
Java Jived returned to the Gatesworth on June 12, 2019 for a concert featuring a mixture of music from the 1920's-1970's. Audience members enjoyed a special set of music celebrating WWII including several songs that had the crowd on their feet! "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree," "I'll be Seeing You,"  "A Nightingale Sang in Berkley Square" and "In the Mood" to name just a few.  Mark Cereghino performed a solo version of "Breakin' Up is Hard to Do."  In a special treat, Greg Roig, or often time sound man, picked up his guitar and accompanied the group on our version of The Beatles song "Here Comes the Sun."
 Java Jived in Southwest Missouri   posted 6/25/19
June 1, 2019 was a busy day for Java Jivers. The day began with a concert at the first annual Branson Regional Arts Council Fundraiser and BBQ in downtown Branson, MO. Java JIved was the opening act of the arts and crafts festival in its inaugural year. "We hope to have this be an annual event!" said Jim Barber - one of the event organizers and emcee for the day.
The evening brought the group back to Villa Vista for their 4th appearance there. "We love being in such a beautiful venue, and being able to benefit the local community," said alto Phyllis Pasley. "This year we were blessed to be able to give back to the community in two ways!"
 May the 4th be With You - JJ goes STAR WARS posted 6/25/19
So much fun! Java Jived returned to The Emerald Room at the Monocle on May 4, 2019 with a concert celebrating all things celestial in honor of Star Wars Day - May the 4th.  We brought forth nearly every reference to the sun, moon and stars from our repertoire and even added a few new tunes. A medley of melodies from Star Wars, and Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine In - to name a few.
 
 "Java Jazz Noel" posted 1/18/19
December 15-16, 2018 Java Jived joined members of the Oikos ensemble to present concerts at Parkway United Church of Christ and First Congregational Church of Webster Groves UCC. Rev. Cliff Averie's vision to re-imagine the Christmas story through a jazz lens was realized as members of Java Jived joined Kim Fuller Barnes, Carolbeth True, Tim Osiek, Glen Smith and David True. The free concert was underwritten by local businesses. Audiences at both venues enjoyed a reception which followed the concerts. 
 
 "Festivities at Freeman Park - Wintermarkt 2019" posted 1/18/19
On December 1, 2018 Java Jived returned to the Greg Freeman Park in the Skinker-DeBalivier neighborhood to perform at the annual Wintermarkt - an outdoor crafts fair. Artists from the region  as well as local junior crafters offered their wares for sale. Many took advantage of this annual opportunity to enjoy "chestnuts roasting on an open fire," although that was NOT part of the JJ repertoire shared this year. Seasonal selections included "Deck the Hall" and "Mary Did You Know."



 "Birds and the Bees and the Bs" posted 8/13/18
On July 8, 2018 Java Jived returned as part of the "Jazz at Holmes" series to Washington University's Holmes Lounge. Despite the heat, JJ served up some cool jazz tunes - literally about birds!  Songs included "A Nightingale Sang in Berkley Square," "Lullaby of Birdland," and "Skylark." Other songs performed by Java Jived celebrated the joys of love, and many of those featured composers whose name begins with the letter "B" including Burt Bacharach, JS Bach, Irving Berlin, Lionel Bart, the Beatles and more.  "I enjoy singing in this space," said Paul Hahn, baritone. "The acoustic is bright and it is great to have an intimate audience setting like this."  
   For this performance, the group was assisted by Tom Pasley on percussion and Greg Roig running our sound equipment.
  "All JIVED UP" JJ at the Midden House posted 6/13/18
June 10, 2018 found us returning to the historic home of Paul and Patty Midden in St. Louis' Compton Heights neighborhood. Java Jived first sang in this setting for an event to benefit the St. Louis Symphony - in their "Parties of Note" series in 2015. The 2018 private ticketed event was held to benefit the Bach Society of St. Louis. The names of composers surround the music room as well as a model train. "It's like the planned the room just for our repertoire!" joked alto Phyllis Pasley. "We started the concert with the music of Bach - and there's his name on the wall... We ended the concert with Duke Ellington's "Take the A Train" and there is the train!" With a generous and wonderful audience, a marvelous acoustic and fabulous food - it was a win-win situation for audience, performers, and the Bach Society of St. Louis. 
 Valentine Sweethearts at the Gatesworth  -  posted 2/18/18
Java Jived spent Valentines Day with the sweethearts in our audience at The Gatesworth on Wednesday February 14, 2018. The songs centered around the theme of "getting away from It all" with a snowbird's desire for warmer climes and traveling with a special someone. We were able to perform some of the tunes we had planned to perform at the monocle - including "Here, There and Everywhere" and "Let's Get Away from it All." Songs inspired by thoughts of romance included the women performing "Mr. Sandman" and the men singing "Put Your Head on My Shoulder." The show also featured Mark Cereghino performing "Somewhere" from West Side Story and Betsy Roig performing the classic "My Funny Valentine."
  Let's Get Away from it all  -  posted 1/21/18
Java Jived returned to the Emerald Room at the Monocle in the Grove neighborhood on Friday January 19, 2018. With a program inspired by the idea of travel and spiced with vaudeville-style jokes - the ensemble played to a full house. Soprano Betsy Roig, Alto Phyllis Pasley and Percussionist Tom Pasley were so sorry to have missed this performance due to fighting seasonal illnesses. The rest of the group stepped up to face the challenge of performing without several members of the group. The good news was that it gave Java Jived a chance to feature some of the less-frequently performed repertoire which featured the men's voices - with Roberta Hmiel helping out on a piece or two.  Director Mark Scharff said, "The Monocle loved having us, and the patrons loved it too. We'll be back!"
  




 
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