The spirited improviser Mal Sharpe (trombone and philosophical inquirer) and friends were captured live at The No Name Bar in Sausalito, California, on July 1, 2012. The friends are Ev Farey, trumpet; Jerry Logas, clarinet and sax, Bill DeKuiper, rhythm guitar, Denny Geyer, guitar and vocals, Roy Blumenfeld, drums, Paul Smith, string bass.
“Big Money in Jazz” can be found at the No Name in Sausalito every Sunday from 3-6 (that’s 757 Bridgeway and the phone is 415 332-1392). Nice people behind the bar and in front of it, and perhaps next time I will get to meet the two resident black cats, Marley and Harley?
Mal’s band — with a constantly changing personnel — also plays the fourth Thursday of the month from8-10 at Armando’s in Martinez (707 Marina Vista Avenue, 925 228 6985). Another sweet-natured place, although I don’t think it has cats — except on the bandstand — twining around the brightly painted furniture.
Don’t miss “Big Money in Jazz” — a surprise in every box and pure chewing satisfaction, too.
Here they are rocking the bar with the T-BONE SHUFFLE, whose effect is certainly salutary:
May your happiness increase.