Ernie Chang (Andy Frasco & The U.N.) Curates Swing Collab With Members Of Turkuaz, Wild Adriatic, More [Watch]

first_imgErnie Chang, the saxophonist for Andy Frasco & The U.N., is using his time in quarantine to explore his broader stylistic preferences. In a new video, Chang recruits members of bands like Turkuaz, Wild Adriatic, Sophistafunk, and more to play something totally different than what they play with their respective touring bands: 1940s jazz.As Chang explained to Live For Live Music, “This project was something that came to me during quarantine. [I] thought it would be a great idea to collaborate with different people from different groups creating something we don’t usually play. … This video consists of Josh Schwartz and Mikey Carubba from Turkuaz, Mike Oehmen from Wild Adriatic, Tommy Weeks from Sophistafunk/Funky Dawgz, Chris Lorentz (Darren Chris/The U.N.) and myself.”Related: Andy Frasco & The U.N. Release New LP, ‘Keep On Keepin’ On’, A Beacon Of Light In Tough Times [Review]Chang noted that the drum and bass parts were recorded first, and the four horn parts were layered over that backing track. Dressed in their finest performance tuxedos, the four horn players begin the video with a virtual toast before the bass and drums appear to kick off a performance of jazz standard, “Four Brothers”. Watch this collection of jam scene horn players show that their swing chops are still working just fine after years of funk and rock ‘n’ roll below:“Four Brothers” Quarantine Cover ft. members of The U.N., Turkuaz, & MoreErnie Chang also noted that he hopes to make this a series with various members of touring bands. For now, you can support the cause and help fund future collabs by dropping a little something in Ernie’s virtual tip jar (Venmo: @Ernest-Chang / Paypal: [email protected] / CashApp: $erniechang1).last_img read more

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German Army Medics Arrive in Portugal to Fight Pandemic

first_img“It might not seem like much,” Temido said of the eight ICU beds, “but let me tell you it’s a lot, especially for a health system that’s under heavy pressure and where the coming days will be critical.” Almost 7,000 people are currently in hospital with the virus, with almost 900 in intensive care. Hospital wards and ICUs were on average at 94% of capacity at the start of this week, according to Portuguese health officials. The medics are being given temporary credentials to work in Portugal, which provides liability insurance for any claims against them. They are exempt from the usual requirement for foreign doctors of being able to speak Portuguese. Almost 7,000 people are currently in hospitals with the virus, with almost 900 in intensive care. Portuguese Health Minister Marta Temido said they would be deployed at an intensive care unit at Lisbon’s Hospital da Luz with eight beds. The unit had not been used so far because of a lack of medical staff. The eight doctors and 18 nurses arrived at the Figo Maduro military airport in the Portuguese capital aboard a Luftwaffe transport plane. LISBON, Portugal (AP) — A German army medical team flew into Lisbon on Wednesday to help Portugal cope with a pandemic surge that has made it the world’s worst-hit country by size of population. The arrival of foreign help coincided with the launch of Stage Two of Portugal’s national vaccination plan. European Union countries helping each other in times of crisis is common. Germany has also provided help during the pandemic to Italy and France, among others. The unit being deployed would rotate outevery three weeks German army personnel disembark from a German air force airplane after it landed at Lisbon airport, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021. The airplane is bringing 26 German army medics along with medical equipment to help out at Portuguese hospitals under stress from the recent increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations. (AP Photo/Armando Franca) Though the growth of new cases has slowed in recent days, hospitals are still bracing for weeks of many new admissions because of a time-lag between diagnosis and possible need for hospitalization. Health services began Wednesday the process of inoculating some 900,000 people above 80 years of age, or above 50 with underlying health problems, over the next two months. Portuguese authorities have recently spent frantic weeks rushing to turn every available space into makeshift areas for COVID-19 beds. Prime Minister António Costa said that in the first phase during January more than 400,000 people were vaccinated, mainly residents and staff of elderly care homes, frontline health workers and security forces. He said the challenge of the third phase of the plan, when the rest of the population is due to be inoculated, depends on how quickly manufacturers can provide their vaccines. By BARRY HATTON Associated Press German ambassador Martin Ney said the unit being deployed would rotate out every three weeks. “This is a long-term effort,” he said. “We are now making a big leap forward,” Costa said of the second phase. Temido said the deployment addresses an acute problem in Portugal: a shortage of human resources in the public health system, which has been stretched to the limit after a January spike fueled by a fast-spreading COVID-19 variant first identified in England. All contents © copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Cafe Kranzler celebrates one-year anniversary

first_img Share RelatedCommittee sponsors blues concertBy LAUREN LAUGHLIN Special to the NEWS The South Padre Island Parks and Recreation Committee sponsored the first annual Red, Wine, and Blues Concert on Sunday, May 29 from 8-10 p.m. on the beach behind Boomerang Billies. The event was free to the public. Over 200 people brought lawn chairs…May 30, 2011In “News”Resort celebrates fifth anniversaryBy LAUREN LAUGHLIN Special to the PRESS The Palms Resort celebrated its fifth anniversary on Tuesday May 17, with a party on the resorts beach side deck. Participants in the celebration included members of the South Padre Island City Counsel, the Chief of Police and Fire Department and many other…May 19, 2011In “News”SPI welcomes new city manager Susan GuthrieBy KEVIN RICH Special to the PRESS In its October 5 meeting, the City Council of the City of South Padre Island approved the contract of Susan Guthrie as its new City Manager. The City of South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce hosted a Meet and Greet for the new City…October 21, 2016In “News” By LAUREN LAUGHLINSpecial to the PRESSCafe Krannzler cel­ebrated its one-year an­niversary on June 21 by hosting a mixer open to the public. Over 25 locals came to the event to help celebrate and enjoy the wonderful food. Many of the South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce members who were pres­ent for the opening one year ago attended the an­niversary.It is said Cafe Kranzler has become famous on South Padre Island with its “one of a kind New American Cuisine”.For more on this story, pick up a copy of the June 30 edition of the Port Isabel South Padre Press or check out our E-edition by clicking here.last_img read more

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