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Brooks Jones of 3FolkSing and Jeremy's Friends

Thomas Stern 26 Nov 11 - 04:33 PM
Mary Katherine 26 Nov 11 - 06:28 PM
Thomas Stern 06 Dec 11 - 04:13 PM
GUEST,Brooks Jones Sings 10 Dec 11 - 12:41 PM
Joe Offer 10 Dec 11 - 02:02 PM
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Subject: BROOKS JONES 3FolkSing JeremysFriends
From: Thomas Stern
Date: 26 Nov 11 - 04:33 PM

Anyone know of a recording by, or including BROOKS JONES?

Some background information:
Brooks Jones was involved with regional theater, and was director
of SUNY Purchase SUMMERFARE. Died in 2008.

He was a member of 3 FOLK SING and JEREMY'S FRIENDS.

I am aware of 2 recordings, one by each of these groups. However,
the liner notes and other web sources seem to imply there was an
earlier album. I have not been able to find any information about
it and hope someone on mudcat will know the album and be able to
provide details.
Below are the details for the two albums I know of.
NEED details of a previous 3 Folk Sing of Brooks Jones album.
Thanks. Thomas.

1959 private album JB-237, "3 FOLK SING"
Brooks Jones, Walt Winter, Molly Scott. Paul Prestopino, acc.
[Molly Scott recorded for Prestige INT, and Fretless]
Work and Praise

1961 Warwick W-2019, "JEREMY's FRIENDS"
Alan Arkin, Carole Mann, and Brooks Jones
[Carole Mann subsequently CAROL & DICK HOLDSTOCK]
Father Abraham
In The Evenin
John Hardy
Cockells and Muscles
On A Monday
Long Lonesome Road
The Old Maid
Pastures of Plenty

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Subject: RE: BROOKS JONES 3FolkSing JeremysFriends
From: Mary Katherine
Date: 26 Nov 11 - 06:28 PM

As half of the duo "Brooks Jones and Lydia Wood" he performed several times on the old ABC-TV show "Hootenanny." I don't know whether they appear on any of the compilations of those old programs that have come out on DVD, nor whether they ever recorded together as a duo.

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Subject: RE: BROOKS JONES 3FolkSing JeremysFriends
From: Thomas Stern
Date: 06 Dec 11 - 04:13 PM


see LYDIA WOOD thread.


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Subject: RE: BROOKS JONES 3FolkSing JeremysFriends
From: GUEST,Brooks Jones Sings
Date: 10 Dec 11 - 12:41 PM


At Brook's 70th birthday party I received a CD from his sister with songs taken from " Brooks Jones Sings". He is accompanied by Fred Hellerman.

The homemade CD I have is a mix of the groups you list as well as some live performances. it's a unique mix.

It was a pleasure to know Brooks. He contributed annually to the University of Rio Grande and you might reach out to them to see if they have a collection.

best of luck

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Subject: RE: Brooks Jones of 3FolkSing and Jeremy's Friends
From: Joe Offer
Date: 10 Dec 11 - 02:02 PM

Interesting to see a mention of Carol Holdstock. She's here in Northern California and I see her all the time. She's very active in the San Francisco Folk Music Club, and she and Dick come up to our song circle in the Sierra foothills every other month or so.

I found an obituary for Brooks Jones from the New York Times:
    July 28, 2008

    Brooks Jones, Father of Summerfare, Is Dead at 73

    Brooks Jones, a producer and director who rejected Broadway to devote himself to regional theater, including starting and directing Pepsico Summerfare at the State University of New York at Purchase, died on July 15 at his home in Westport, Conn. He was 73.

    The cause was heart failure, his sister, Gloria Jones Borden, said.

    The university provided 500 acres of lawns and gardens and four indoor theaters to Summerfare, and Pepsico contributed money (ultimately millions of dollars). But it was Mr. Jones who provided vision and direction for a 1980s summertime cultural happening that lasted a decade — and considerably longer in the memory of many visitors.

    He attracted major acts, from Henny Youngman to the Royal Hanneford Circus to the Feld Ballet, but it was his exuberant mix-and-match, something-for-everyone sensibility that defined the festival. Surprises could pop up anywhere. Here there was free outdoor opera; over there, a puppet show; mimes and stilt-walkers wandered among food booths and jazz groups.

    Several times, Mr. Jones staged an outdoor performance of Benjamin Britten’s “Noah’s Flood,” which featured the voice of God booming down from a cherry picker and a chorus of 800 local children dressed as animals. Visitors came from Westchester County, Connecticut, New York City and often far more distant points.

    With Barnumesque flourish, Mr. Jones called his creation an “acropolis of the arts” and “a little Lincoln Center.” His definition of a festival in an interview with The New York Times in 1984 was more to the point: “getting a lot of people together to create something that wouldn’t be there otherwise.”

    In 1962, Mr. Jones told The Times he did not want to produce plays on Broadway, the traditional definition of theatrical success. His ambition was to work in regional theater, which he thought could take more risks, involve communities, particularly young people, and reach standards of the highest level.

    In 1959, he helped establish the resident company at the McCarter Theater in Princeton, N.J., which grew to be one of the nation’s most respected. He started a successful resident company at the Cincinnati Playhouse in 1961. There were other stops, including the Long Wharf Theater in New Haven, before he started Summerfare in 1980.

    David Brooks Jones was born on Oct. 23, 1934, in Columbus, Ohio, and grew up in Jackson, Ohio. At Princeton University, from which he graduated in 1956, Mr. Jones was president of the Triangle Club, the student drama group.

    After two years in the United States Army, he produced and directed at the McCarter and sang folk songs professionally. In 1960, he recorded an album, “Jeremy’s Friends,” with Carole Mann and Alan Arkin, on the Warwick label. He became producer and director of a new resident company at Playhouse in the Park in Cincinnati in 1962.

    Mr. Jones went to SUNY Purchase as the first artistic director of its Center for the Arts. When the university’s president first suggested a summer festival in the middle of a field in a town with the population of 1,000, Mr. Jones told The Times, he thought it was “a silly idea” that “didn’t make a whiff of sense.”

    Then the president, Michael Hammond, and Mr. Jones literally walked across the street and asked Pepsico’s chairman, Donald M. Kendall, for support. Mr. Kendall asked what it would cost.

    “I managed to blurt out ‘$225,000,’ ” Mr. Jones told The Times.

    Pepsico promised that amount and continued to increase its contributions. By the end of Summerfare in 1989, they totaled $7.8 million. Pepsico then pulled out, with a spokesman saying that the company had “taken it as far as we can go.”

    Mr. Jones is survived by his sister, who lives in Princeton.

    While he was still running Summerfare, Mr. Jones worked on an interactive television project for children. It gave children watching at home an opportunity to improvise responses when prompted by actors on the television screen, and was initially shown on 17 public television stations.

    Mr. Jones told The Times in 1978 that the goal was to make children more than passive observers. He called his project “the next best thing to outlawing television for anyone younger than 13.”

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Subject: RE: Brooks Jones of 3FolkSing and Jeremy's Friends
From: GUEST,GUEST, Banjoboy54
Date: 28 Sep 16 - 09:24 AM

I have an undated 3 Folk Sing with Ernestine Brown, not Molly Scott. Other personnel the same. Mine is recording of May 5, 1956 show. Recording privately printed in 1956; date confirmed by show's executive producer. One long track each LP side, no song list on jacket. Paul Prestopino says 1956 and 1959 recordings have some different songs. I can put album notes etc. here if anybody wants them, in this 60th anniversary year of first 3 Folk Sing production.
Here is an article about a bequest Brooks made to his home town, Jackson OH.

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Subject: RE: Brooks Jones of 3FolkSing and Jeremy's Friends
From: GUEST,Banjoboy54
Date: 29 Sep 16 - 10:55 PM

Album information and notes for 1956 3 Folk Sing:

accompanied by
conceived and produced by
production supervised by

Executive Producer Sidney Brinckerhoff
Publicity: Bill Pierce, George Thomas, Darby Dannard, Jerv Janney
Technical Director: Jerry Raibourn
Lighting: Harry Lacey
Stage Manager: Steve Lipsitz



"Though meanings vary, we are alike in all countries and tribes in trying to read what sky, land and sea say to us. Alike and ever alike we are on all continents in the need of love, food, clothing, work, speech, worship, sleep, games, dancing, fun. From tropics to arctics humanity lives [with] these needs so alike, so inexorably alike."

A placard bearing the above inscription taken from Carl Sandburg's Prologue to the photographic essay, The Family of Man, was displayed in the lobby of Murray Theatre in Princeton on the night of May 4, 1956. The festive crowd that filled the theatre at midnight that night couldn't have known how relevant this quotation was to the show they were about the see. For 3 Folk Sing was a musical essay on the "family of man"—an expression, through folk songs, of the oneness of all men.

Though theatre audiences are often reluctant to give the new innovation, the novel presentation, immediate acceptance, the five-minute standing ovation given 3 Folk Sing on its opening night served as a unanimous vote of praise and acclaim for the program.

The idea for this show was formed and carried through by Brooks Jones who proved his just claim on the title "Most Original Senior" accorded him by his graduating class at Princeton. This able folk singer and guitarist, past president of the Princeton Triangle Show, brought together Walt Winter of Swarthmore College, Ernestine Brown of New York City, and Paul Prestopino of Roosevelt, New Jersey, to perform together for the first time.

Walt has a unique quality of song and freedom of delivery which resembles that of Josh White and other folk song greats while Ernie, with a varied musical background including work with the Westminster Choir, lends her fine voice and wide vocal range to the group. Paul, although still in high school, is a highly accomplished instrumentalist; in this program he uses a five-string banjo, a guitar (in three different tunings) and an auto harp. Of the many factors that made 3 Folk Sing an exciting and memorable show, one of these is surely the sprit of freshness and spontaneity exhibited by the performers. These four retained a vital and sincere feeling while achieving a highly polished professional performance—this constitutes a rare blend.

In folk singing the listener is almost as important as the performer. In 3 Folk Sing the singers' sympathetic treatment of their material couldn't help but elicit a spirited response from the audience. Listen when they join Ernie in "Union Maid" or react to Brooks' "Sow Took the Measles." The audience was an integral part of 3 Folk Sing; the recording would not be complete without them.

A major factor contributing to the success of 3 Folk Sing was the staging and lighting of Milton Lyon, one of New York's top musical comedy directors. The presence which Milt gave to each number lent additional insight into the emotional content and dramatic meaning of the song. This made 3 Folk Sing more than a concert.

3 Folk Sing is an organic whole; it is three singers addressing themselves to an idea, which they come to share with their audience. The endeavor has been to make public a very private idea; to take folk songs in their pure form and successfully cast them in a modern theatrical form. In 3 Folk Sing, the folk songs have been effectively taken out of an area of limited appeal and given back to the source of all folk music, the folks.

This is a record made from a tape recording of the Saturday, May 5, demand performance. This is a record of the experience of "3 Folk Sing."

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Subject: RE: Brooks Jones of 3FolkSing and Jeremy's Friends
From: GUEST,Banjoboy54
Date: 07 Oct 16 - 01:27 PM

3 Folk Sing 1956 playlist. LP is not tracked.

A01 - All Man Is But One Man
A02 - John Henry
A03 - The Golden Vanity
A04 - I Got a Head Like a Rock
A05 - The Sow Took The Measles
A06 - Another Man Done Gone
A07 - Lass Of The Low Country
A08 - Defense Factory Blues        
A09 - Lonesome Valley
A10 - I'm Tormented In The Flame
A11 - Sit Down Servant
B01 - Old Joe Clark
B02 - Talking Union Blues
B03 - Union Maid
B04 - Foggy Mountain Chimes
B05 - Hard Time Blues
B06 - I Wish I Was A Single Girl Again
B07 - I Wish I Was Single Again
B08 - I Know Where I'm Going
B09 - Marry A Woman Uglier Than You
B10 - Perfidia
B11 - The Lass with the Delicate Air
B12 - Silver Dagger
B13 - The Snow-White Bird
B14 - All Man Is But One Man

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