11 fun facts about the band you may not have known:
1) Bobby has a kitten named Kato. Those two boys play together ALL the time. Everyone else in the band also has at least one cat - Laurie's cats are Jazzy and Cole, Susie's cats are Jackson and Dosi (though Lucy calls them "Nippy" and "Mischievous"), and Adam's cat is named Sam. We'll post more about the cats in a future blog!
Kato helping Bob with his music
Laurie with Jazzy and Cole
2) Laurie belongs to a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) and gets fresh organic produce every week from the same plot of land upstate. She gets to interact with the farmer who produces her food face-to-face, which feels really good. She loves to cook, and her daughter, Lucy, helps (well, sometimes...)
3) Susie has a sweet tooth, and loves to get a little treat for the train/airplane whenever we travel. And because she's Susie, she always shares with the whole band/crew.
4) Shannon, Corinne, Katie, and Carly - the four girls who run the office - listen to NPR throughout the day AND watch Nick Jr.! We also have an office cat named Dora who likes to hang out while we work.
5) Our office has two swirly, lime green shady trees painted on the colorful walls. Corinne and Katie had a blast painting them (we'll blog about the process in the future)
6) We are extremely environmentally-conscious. We work really hard to recycle, reduce, and reuse everything we consume. It's not always easy, but it feels really important to us :)
7) Every year for the holidays, we do a Laurie Berkner Band Secret-Santa-style gift exchange. The way we play, you can "steal" an unwrapped present from a person who has gone before you. Laurie, who is the best person in the world at keeping peace among people, is RUTHLESS at this game (but we still love her)!
8) Bobby has composed music for a number of television shows/movies. He worked with Jonathan Larson (creator of RENT) to create a children's show called "Away We Go" in the 90's and has done lots of music for Sesame Street. He recently composed music for Michael Moore's "Capitalism: A Love Story", and his most recent film is premiering at Sundance this month! Bobby also produced all the music for the videos on season 1 of Jack's Big Music Show.
9) After doing Pajama Party shows and working with the Pajama Program for the last 8 months, all of us have at least one pair of CRAZY pajamas!10) Susie is a nurse in NYC.
11) Adam has started the Jazz Mindfulness Program based on his Buddhist practice and many years involved in Jazz education.
What would YOU like to know?