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Just before New Year’s Eve, we made a trip to Kansas City for cousin Stella‘s Bat Mitzvah! Aside from the joy of watching Stella lead a service and turn 13 on the same day, we also got the added bonus of some time to dart out to get some yummy BBQ and see the American Jazz Museum. Now that Ezra has made the move to Louis Armstrong Middle School, it was extra fun seeing all the info on our own musical great in the museum – while also learning about the (new to us) Kansas City jazz scene. Of course in the end, Zoe was sad to leave the cousin crew – and we can’t wait to see them again.

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enjoying the Jazz Museum

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and some of its instruments

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and of course, the bat mitzvah girl herself!

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Mazel Tov cousin Stella!

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Zoe was too sad to leave, and tried to hide in the hotel coat closet ; (

 

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Our holiday ended a week ago, but we have these lingering photos of a massive menorah lighting at the Friday night service – and Ezra is doing some more performing at synagogue lately!  He’s sitting on and playing a percussion instrument called the ‘cajon‘ here, and performing with the cantor.

We hope your December is going well and you are staying warm.

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Well this was their biggest performance to date… in a theater that holds 2000 and about 500 people arrived.  They were the youngest band there (most others approaching college age or older) and they were really solid!  I was so proud.  Better yet, Ezra was lit up like a Christmas tree for the rest of the day after being on such a big stay with a crowd: he loved it!  I don’t know where these kids get their fearlessness from.  Not me!

(see his street performing below, and other E3 practices and performances by clicking here:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCha8hq9mndSIvQiKoaZRnUg)IMG_2528IMG_2529IMG_2530IMG_2532

 

and check out E doing some street performing in Washington Square Park!  He’s got fans:

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Ezra’s band the E3s got a gig with the John Lennon Bus event, with Bootsy Collins as the MC!  The kids practiced so hard, and did so well on such a big stage in front of a very impressed audience!  It’s so nice that Ezra’s love of drums kind of started at the Lennon Bus event at school, and now he and his band were able to offer up some talent! To see the shows, check out the links at the bottom of this page:

(top 4 pix by Greg Kessler)

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the band with their teacher

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on a really big stage!

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even Louie was inspired by Bootsy

Lucy in in the Sky with Diamonds by the Beatles:

Holiday by Green Day:

Army by Ben Folds Five:

Paint it Black by The Rolling Stones:

I am a Walrus by the Beatles:

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This winter has left us a little stir crazy.  For a while there it seemed like our kids were starting to refuse to go out and about with us. Loving the new house and alley so much, they wanted to stick around at home more.  But then suddenly this weekend it was actually Ezra who had a strong desire to go back to my favorite museum – the MoMA!  HE actually begged us to go.  And so we did .. and enjoyed a pop art show of 60s art and culture, and Ezra even pointed out Starry Night as one he remembered as his favorite.  I guess his art classes at school are paying off..?

And he even had a trip to Carnegie Hall (thank you to the Seows) to see a chamber orchestra, and enjoyed it.  Some city culture sinking in perhaps?

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enjoying Chagall

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It’s always nice to come home from traveling around to other places, and get to visit some famous places in Queens. One such place is Louis Armstrong’s house just several blocks from us in Corona Queens. As the story goes – Louis went off on tour and when he returned his wife had purchased this home in the neighborhood where she grew up … and they lived there until his and her deaths. The fact that such a famous couple lived in such a modest neighborhood is still endearing to everyone who lives there or visits.
Every year the museum throws a block party with new jazz musicians featured and – we love this part the best – they open up Satchmo’s garden back yard to viewers. We love sitting back there. The house tour is great as well — we particularly loved the blue kitchen with appliances hidden in the counter tops!

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