I was still staring out the window of the San Francisco high-rise where Jerry and I were staying when Nancy called. We shared a pathetic laugh. She had already put the chairs out in her yard and pulled them back in, wet with rain. I figured only a handful of folks would be crazy enough to show up for an outdoor concert with the rain coming down, the roads slick, the Giants in the playoffs and the Raiders playing at Candlestick. "Leave the chairs in," I said, "we're on our way." We picked up my dear friend Jo and arrived with our gear and some goodies for the would-be feast.
With everyone finally seated Nancy introduced us. We opened our set with "On A San Francisco High," and then performed a few songs from my latest CD. As if on cue, the sun appeared as we launched into "What A Difference A Day Made." Applause for that! A few people slipped behind us taking their chairs into the back yard.
|The rain let up and some folks slipped behind us.|
|KCSM DJ Pete Fallico|
We began the second set with "Night And Day" and a J. Holland original, "I Was No Angel Myself." Then we played an old song that is one of my new favorites, "Just For A Thrill," composed by Louis Armstrong's wife Lillian. I noticed several people tearing up during "Les Feuilles Mortes." When it was time to wrap things up I had the wonderful feeling that everyone would have been happy if we kept going and going.
|With my friend Marlene Sorosky Gray|
|Time to eat and chat between sets.|
|A "big" fan:-) Naz and Mike!|
|The Sacramento Connection|
|Yellow flowers from a mysterious gentleman!|
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Photos: Terry Dudley