Here is the second part of an extraordinary evening — a swing dance with hot music provided by Clint Baker’s New Orleans Jazz Band, with beautiful playing from Clint (trumpet / vocal); Jim Klippert (trombone, vocal); Bill Carter (clarinet); Jason Vanderford (guitar, vocal); Bill Reinhart (banjo), Sam Rocha (string bass), J Hansen (drums). I had a wonderful time. Although you can’t see them, the dancers were explosively happy — and I think these video performances will rock and shout their way through the smallest computer monitor, the most tiny speakers. Or your money back. The first part of this hot bacchanal can be found here.
Is it too whimsical — in this age of physical aloneness and cyber-community –to suggest that these video performances are a good reason to invite the neighbors over for a party, push the furniture aside, and encourage everyone to dance like mad in the living room? It’s just a thought.
ROYAL GARDEN BLUES:
BUGLE BOY MARCH:
ST. LOUIS BLUES:
WHAT IS THIS THING CALLED LOVE?:
JOE LOUIS STOMP:
THE BUCKET’S GOT A HOLE IN IT / JOE AVERY’S PIECE:
Californians are so lucky — not only for grapefruit trees and Meyer lemon trees, delicious local kale, and Amoeba Music — but they can go to a Wednesday Night Hop more often than I can. I went to one where Clint’s band (with almost the same personnel) rocked the room — in 2012, and it was memorable indeed. Part One and Part Two.
Here you can find out information about future Wednesday Night Hops. (Thank you, Audrey Kanemoto!)
This post is dedicated to thoughtful Julius Yang, with thanks.
The universe doesn’t always have a sense of humor, and our best-laid plans oft gang agley. But I am delighted to be able to wish Mister C.T. Baker a happy birthday, because this posting will appear on January 27. He deserves our love and commendation — not just for the Mountain View gig, I assure you.
May your happiness increase.