Chabot Foundation put on gala event for Jazz Department
It was the first of its kind. An event in sullied economic times to support one of Chabot Colleges programs of higher learning, the Jazz Music Department. Led by veteran performer Laurie De Seguirant, a Frenchman with the poise, talent and personality to steal the show, and anchored by Chabot’s own musical greats maintenance worker Greg Correa and counselor extraordinaire Val Jean Dale, the night was a blissful time of reflection into some of the music’s past giants.
Mr. Laurie led the cast of entertainers with songs that most of the student body would have to rent old movies to understand . This is not to say that the chosen songs were other than magnificent, simply before the lifetime of this young student body and performed in a way that brought back memories of life past. They just don’t make them like they used too.
I heard old Blue Eyes, (Frank Sinatra for those who don’t know), some Barbara Streisand, maybe even some Mr. Dean Martin, (I remembered from the movies). Several things we’re striking, like the fact that Counselor Dale can sing and that Mr. Correa has the kind of personality that could go anywhere. I wondered why they aren’t doing this professionally now.
The fundraiser was put on by the Chabot Foundation, headed by Heidi Finburg, and planned on the fly in about two weeks, but looked as if it had been planned since Fall 2010 or earlier. The atmosphere was magnificent and the new Event Center was center stage for the performances of a lifetime. I normally haven’t subscribed to that era of music before, (except when I was younger and watched a lot of television) but even I was complemented by one of the entertainers and I was there merely as a reporter. Great job!
Counselor Dale and Mr. Correa were accompanied by the sultry sounds of saxophonist George Railey, the Dean of Academic Services, in a way that could have easily commanded attention and pay in any venue of jazz anywhere on the planet. I was impressed! These are certainly faculty personnel who put their best foot forward for the students of Chabot. I bow to you!!!
I always wanted to explore music as a part of my development but wasn’t able in times past so I am proud to appreciate those who took that opportunity to further their talents and provide all of us with an evening of grandeur. Folks you really missed a treat. Who would have thunk it that our resident rocker maintenance man could easily go from Rock to Potted Palm (LOL), then back to the white suit all in a day. Mr. Blue would have been proud!
The sharp lines of the suit worn by Mr. Correa and the beauty of the sequined dress worn by Mrs. Dale provided the backdrop of elegance that served to promote the exquisite sounds coming from the line of performers. They really know how to put on a show.
The campus really came together for this event. The staff included students from the Jazz Department, sound mixing was done by the students of the sound class, and the drinks were served by those exquisite young men from The Striving Black Brothers. Several other notables were alumni, teachers, and administrators from all around the campus. This was putting the community back into the campus. Hooray, I applaud the effort and hope that it doesn’t end. Never can anyone say that folks in this school care little for the students. A-Plusses for all!!