Craig's Journal

By Fishingplus

Janet Klein and her Parlor Boys

Went to a free jazz concert at Gardens of the World in Thousand Oaks - fantastic park and gardens right across from the Civic Center. Janet Klein and her Parlor Boys were playing tunes from the 1920' and 1930's. Fun songs, funnier lyrics. Great time sitting in lawn chairs on the grass, and enjoying the music. Guessing there were a couple hundred people there. Not a lot of folks left who remember these songs from when they were first played. Group has a lead singer, upright bass player, electric guitar, and two horn/reed players who play multiple instruments, and all played well. This is "I can't give you anything but love" music. Great fun. One more concert left next Sunday night with the Angel City Big Band who pay hits of the 40's. We are planing to go and I will try get some more decent photos. I used a Leica TL2 with and 18-56mm zoom (35mm equivalent 27-80mm). The lens has auto focus, but I am amazed at how many focus points it missed. Next time I will use my camera with manual focus lenses - I still miss some, but not as many, and I can always get the focus on exactly the place I want it to be.

The Gardens of the World park is a spectacular venue, right off Thousand Oaks Blvd, in a place one would never expect to find such beauty and solitude. Worth a visit, with or without a free concert.

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