header image

[Sign Up Now] to Receive Our FREE Daily SCVTV-SCVNews Digest by E-Mail

Inside
Weather


 
Calendar
Today in
S.C.V. History
June 21
1941 - Ernie Hickson buys out Trem Carr's interest in their Monogram movie ranch, renames it "Placeritos" (later called Melody). [story]
Ernie Hickson


Now and Then in the SCV
| Saturday, Jun 28, 2014

mug_darrylmanzer2I know many of you have been to the Valencia Jazz and Blues Concert Series held each Friday night on Town Center Drive. Yep, right in the street.

Last night it was a group called the Delgado Brothers. WOW. Good jazz with a Latin twist, and they really lay down some great blues licks.

Until a couple of day ago, I knew nothing of these events. It all started when I was looking for a Dixieland jazz band that would need a banjo player – like me.

A search on this here old computer and presto, a lady named Barbara Myler started answering my questions. You see, the beautiful and talented Ms. Myler is the owner-producer of the Valencia Jazz and Blues Concert Series, so she was able to let me know quickly that I should come and see the productions.

It turns out, the shows are really a neighborhood event – only it’s neighbors from all over the area. Along with great music, you can get some great food from places like Salt Creek Grille and BJ’s, along with shaved ice, Hawaiian style. Great for a hot summer evening. Beer, wine and soft drinks are also available at a reasonable price.

I quickly found that many people in attendance have been going there for almost all of the 13 years it has been in existence. They are glad that it has good sponsors again and continues week after week.

The Delgado Brothers

The Delgado Brothers

Now I’m hooked. I was only there for a short time, but it was a blast.

About all we had for summertime live music was the Hart High School summer band. We usually did a number of concerts at Hart Park, sitting in the grass at the little ranch house just off of Newhall Avenue.

I don’t remember those summer concerts being planned and advertised much. It always seemed like a big crowd would show up and see we were going to play with all of those musical instruments we brought along.

We always played some patriotic tunes and even stuff that seemed like summer. Dave Downs, son of Robert K. Downs – the best band teacher ever at Hart High – had a habit of playing a flute solo or two during many of those concerts. It was a great crowd pleaser when he did that. You see, Dave played tuba.

We also did some Big Band stuff along with some of our own arrangements. It was at a summer concert in Hart Park when we first played our version of “Indian Love Call” that we had arranged for the band. It was kind of our “fight song” after that summer.

The feel of the crowd was much the same during those old concerts as what I felt last night. Toe tapping, a little dancing even some singalong. Good summertime fun. Neighbors gathered together to enjoy the music and love of community.

No talk of billboards, or evil council folks, or angry and irresponsible folks trying to voice an opinion in a most uncivil manner.

Lots of that can just plain wait. This is summertime. Let’s kick back and listen to a little music. Music can heal all kinds of things that would make many afraid.

During those times, we learned that no matter how awful the rest of the world, our healing took place as many times as the hurt came anew.

That is what I felt and heard last night.

Some say I just imagined it all. If so, it was a pretty good dream.

 

Darryl Manzer grew up in the Pico Canyon oil town of Mentryville in the 1960s and attended Hart High School. After a career in the U.S. Navy he returned to live in the Santa Clarita Valley. He can be reached at dmanzer@scvhistory.com and his commentaries are archived at DManzer.com. Watch his walking tour of Mentryville [here].

 

valenciajazzblues

 

Comment On This Story
COMMENT POLICY: We welcome comments from individuals and businesses. All comments are moderated. Comments are subject to rejection if they are vulgar, combative, or in poor taste.
REAL NAMES ONLY: All posters must use their real individual or business name. This applies equally to Twitter account holders who use a nickname.

5 Comments

  1. Jeannette Green says:

    We have a lot going on here in our valley. Here is the link to Santa Clarita Summer Concers.
    http://www.santaclaritaguide.com/SummerNightConcerts.html

  2. Jazz. Don, Lise, you might be interested in this. See the link below from Jeannette.

  3. Angela Lujan says:

    Philip Lujan and Gueysel Baires

Leave a Comment


Opinion Section Policy
All opinions and ideas are welcome. Factually inaccurate, libelous, defamatory, profane or hateful statements are not. Your words must be your own. All commentary is subject to editing for legibility. There is no length limit, but the shorter, the better the odds of people reading it. "Local" SCV-related topics are preferred. Send commentary to: LETTERS (at) SCVNEWS.COM. Author's full name, community name, phone number and e-mail address are required. Phone numbers and e-mail addresses are not published except at author's request. Acknowledgment of submission does not guarantee publication.
Read More From...
RECENT COMMENTARY
Thursday, Jun 20, 2024
Every summer, Santa Clarita’s very own Central Park, located at 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road, transforms into a premiere venue for live musical performances where friends, families and neighbors come together to sing and dance the night away.
Thursday, Jun 20, 2024
One of my favorite parts about our community is the ability to walk, bike or ride along our trails and paseos.
Wednesday, Jun 19, 2024
This weeks Edition of Pilar's Pocketbook focuses on ways to help reduce fees and pay for piling parking tickets. 
Wednesday, Jun 12, 2024
Welcome to this edition of Pilar's Pocketbook. This week, has crucial information to help navigate tax filings and ensure entitled benefits are received.
Monday, Jun 10, 2024
As the temperatures rise and schools are out for summer break, many families and outdoor enthusiasts turn to our 13,000 acres of open space trails to enjoy a day out in nature
Monday, Jun 10, 2024
This week, I gave my annual State of the County address hosted by the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Latest Additions to SCVNews.com
1941 - Ernie Hickson buys out Trem Carr's interest in their Monogram movie ranch, renames it "Placeritos" (later called Melody). [story]
Ernie Hickson
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) reports that the fast moving Post Fire that broke out in Gorman on Saturday, June 15 around 1:47 p.m. has reached 15,690 acres and is now 24% contained. This latest CAL FIRE update was issued at 7 a.m. on Thursday.
Post Fire 47 Percent Contained, Reported 15,690 Acres
The Santa Clarita Arts Commission will hold a study session Thursday, June 27, at 6 p.m., in the Carl Boyer Room at City Hall.
June 27: Arts Commission Study Session
Katherine Dyer has signed her national letter of intent to continue her swimming career at The Master's University.
Katherine Dyer Commits to TMU Swim Program
Every summer, Santa Clarita’s very own Central Park, located at 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road, transforms into a premiere venue for live musical performances where friends, families and neighbors come together to sing and dance the night away.
Jason Gibbs | Get Ready for Concerts in the Park Summer Soundtrack
California State University, Northridge's Trey Knight, Chase Mars and David Phillips, Jr. will compete at the 2024 United States Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore. beginning June 27.
Several Matadors Qualify for 2024 U.S. Olympic Trials
The Los Angeles County Health Officer has issued a heat advisory for the Santa Clarita Valley Saturday, June 22  through Sunday, June 23 until 8 p.m., as high temperatures have been forecast.
Heat Advisory Issued for SCV
The Los Angeles County Development Authority was recently presented with two awards from the National Association of Counties.
LACDA’s Lead, Childcare Programs Receive National Recognition
The city of Santa Clarita is now accepting names for the Youth Grove in Central Park, which is located at 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road. This project honors Santa Clarita youth, aged 24 years and younger, who have tragically lost their lives in traffic-related incidents.
City Now Accepting Youth Grove Submissions
One of my favorite parts about our community is the ability to walk, bike or ride along our trails and paseos.
Ken Striplin | Enhancing Trail System Accessibility, Recreation
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health cautions residents who are planning to visit the following Los Angeles County beaches to avoid swimming, surfing, and playing in ocean waters due to bacterial levels exceeding health standards when last tested.
High Bacterial Levels Continue at L.A. County Beaches
2002 - "Legacy: Santa Clarita's Living History" series debuts on SCVTV with "Placerita Gold" episode [watch]
Legacy
This weeks Edition of Pilar's Pocketbook focuses on ways to help reduce fees and pay for piling parking tickets. 
Pilar Schiavo | Reduce Parking Ticket Fees
Kick off summer right with a Tiki Party Beer Fest over at Lucky Luke Santa Clarita on Friday, June 21.
June 21: Kick off the Summer with Lucky Luke’s Tiki Party Beer Fest
Bring the family and enjoy a day at Valencia Town Center on Saturday, June 22 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with an exciting lineup of cars, coffee and cuisine.
June 22: Cars, Coffee, Cuisine, Crafts at Valencia Town Center
See how the Advanced Technology Center is helping train the next class of skilled technicians with a tour of the facility. 
June 25: Take a Tour of COC’s Advanced Technology Center
Detectives from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department are asking for the public’s help locating At Risk Missing Person Justin Matthew Lederer. 
LASD is Asking for the Public’s Help Locating Missing Person Justin Matthew Lederer
The L.A. Library Summer Discovery Program is on a roll. For those that haven't signed up for the celebration of reading and exploration for all ages yet, join online, or head to the local library to grab a game card and activity idea list.
L.A. County Library Summer Discovery Program Already on a Roll
WalletHub compared more than 180 of the largest cities in the U.S. based on the latest data on consumers’ finances from TransUnion and the Federal Reserve, adjusted for inflation. Below, you can find a handful of highlights from the report. 
WalletHub: Santa Clarita Ranks First among the Cities with the Highest Credit Card Debts
1960 - SCV switches to Direct Dial, All-Number Calling [story]
map
The ARTree Community Arts Center will host a Botanical Drawing Workshop 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 1 at the center's Studio 2, 22508 6th St., Santa Clarita, CA 91321.
Aug 1: ARTree Botanical Drawing Workshop
Create a superhero identity at the ARTree Summer Superhero Art Camp from July 22- July 26 at ARTree Community Arts Center, ARTree Studio 1 22508 6th St., Santa Clarita, CA 91321.
ARTree Summer Superhero Art Camp
Join the city of Santa Clarita for a special ribbon-cutting ceremony, marking the grand opening of Needham Ranch Parkway on Monday, June 24, at 9:30 a.m.
June 24: Needham Ranch Parkway Grand Opening
SCVNews.com