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Pickin' Party Pictures - January 21st, 2006

Kenny Poole Love Fest


It started off with many of the 20 or 30 musicians in attendance coming up on stage and jamming a few tunes.  Here is the immensely talented Tim Cummiskey (left) playing with Todd Collis - who can hold his own.

Tim and Todd were then joined by the amazing Chaz Mechenbier.  Right here was worth the $10 donation.

There were about 90 people that showed up to pay tribute to Kenny Poole.  The lucky ones got to sit right in the front row.  

Then, local pro, Pete Cary, came up and jammed with Chaz.  (Those boys had played together, before... Great stuff...)

Two young (unsuspecting) jazz players who had never played together before we standing a opposite sides of the room.  They were a little reluctant at first but in the end gladly came up and played us a couple tunes.  VERY WELL DONE..  Colin Latarski and Bret Burleson - thanks so much, guys.

Another shot at the very good sized audience that were delighted with the afternoon..  Many of Kenny's musical friends for Cincinnati drove up to surprise him.

Then, two super thumb pickers, Audie Wykle and Lonnie Coots (left to right), came up and dazzled everybody with some fine playing...


Kenny Poole "Center Stage"

After the applause for the jam session finally tapered off - the Master came up and sat down.  He very softly, very slowly warmed up his fingers, mind and soul by playing a series of moving melody notes and bass lines with no particular tune in mind - modulating to other keys full of similar beautiful meanderings - until he landed on a key that he liked - that reminded him of a tune he'd like to play.  And, BOY - did he..  That song and a few dozen more with the same incredible clarity and brilliance.  

Many exceptional musicians and guitarists were in attendance to witness this once in a lifetime experience.  In the brown jacket is the seldom seen Don Hales - incredible jazz guitarist.  Standing to his right was Mike McGannon - guitarist as comfortable with jazz as with blues and rock.

Al Yeoman (right), chairman of the OFGC Hall of Fame Committee, had just inducted Kenny Poole into our HOF - and, here is your club organizer, Palmer Moore, presenting him with the plaque that goes along with that honor.  

"For of lifetime of fingerstyle jazz guitar.  Without equal - without compromise."

Like I said, LOTS of people came to pay tribute to Kenny.  Here's Rob Johnston that drove down from the Cleveland area with buddy Pete Cavano.  Pete also played during the jam session, but I guess we didn't get a picture on that.  (Sorry, Pete.)

After a quick break Kenny sat back down and gave us a set from heaven.  Many of the more knowledgeable musicians in the crowd mentioned that they had never heard him play as well as he did this day - especially this set.  There is no doubt in my mind that we saw a world class performance by possibly the finest finger style jazz guitarist in the world, today.


This is Kenny's good friend, Tom Schofield, wonderful clarinet player from Cincinnati that recorded with Kenny.  As soon as he found out we were having this tribute he said,  "I'll be there... I wouldn't miss it."  And, he enjoyed every minute of his friend's playing.  "I've never heard him play better,"  he exclaimed in joy.

Palmer Moore (left), Kenny Shoemaker, and Audie Wykle taking a photo op behind the check in desk.  

Kenny and Kenny....

Dave, Don, and Mike.

Now, I'm not supposed to let on who makes all them delicious cookies and brownies for each Pickin' Party.  But, this lady looks pretty suspicious... (lol)

A big thanks to JD Norman for taking these pictures - besides checking everybody in....