ATLANTA 2012: DUKE HEITGER, JON-ERIK KELLSO, JOHN ALLRED, ALLAN VACHE, ROSSANO SPORTIELLO, RICHARD SIMON, CHUCK REDD (April 22, 2012)

If you remember depictions of jazz in classic films, competition is always key.  One trumpet player plays higher, faster, louder: he is crowned the New King of Jazz and the pretenders to the throne slink away into the night.  Some of the greatest players saw the bandstand as a place where they could prove themselves Reigning Monarch.  Wiser ones understand that harmony is the key: beautiful teamwork makes for beautiful music.

This friendly enlightenment was enacted in front of our eyes on Sunday morning, April 22, 2012, at the Atlanta Jazz Party — at an hour that most musicians only recognize under certain kinds of duress.  But everyone played angelically. . . and brotherly love came out through their instruments.  No cutting contest here between trumpeters Duke and Jon-Erik, friends for a long time, and the rest of the band followed suit:

An easy-rocking YELLOW DOG BLUES:

I GOT IT BAD — music for the ages:

TIGER RAG, not too fast:

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4 responses to “ATLANTA 2012: DUKE HEITGER, JON-ERIK KELLSO, JOHN ALLRED, ALLAN VACHE, ROSSANO SPORTIELLO, RICHARD SIMON, CHUCK REDD (April 22, 2012)

  1. David Dillon

    What a great group. Wonderful stuff!

  2. Michael Burgevin

    Yes, Michael — sooo glad you were there and share this marvelous band with us — Chuck Redd keepin’ it all together.

  3. Wonderful!~!! I could listen to this all night, Fabulous musicians Thank you NM

  4. Marvelous! Thanks to your blog I know Duke Heitger and finally had a chance to hear him live in Europe this spring. Ofcourse that was marvelous too. My hapiness increased. May yours do so too.

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