Facebook, the cyber-world’s town crier, let me know this morning that today, March 6, is clarinetist / bandleader / composer Tim Laughlin’s birthday. That is a major event, for Mr. Laughlin not only creates beautiful swirling melodies, but he surrounds himself with synergistic bands that uplift us all. In celebration of this very notable day, I present another set that his All-Stars played at the November 2013 San Diego Thanksgiving Dixieland Jazz Festival. They are Connie Jones, cornet; Mike Pittsley, trombone; Chris Dawson, piano; Katie Cavera, guitar; Marty Eggers, string bass; Hal Smith, drums. And in their honor, I have changed the title of the first selection from the tentative to the more optimistically assertive, for this band made and makes dreams take tangible swinging shape. (And the wonderful repertoire!)
WHEN DREAMS COME TRUE:
A HUNDRED YEARS FROM TODAY:
CHINA BOY (Hal kicks it off!):
TEA FOR TWO (featuring Chris, Marty, Katie, and Hal):
FOR ALL WE KNOW:
Happy birthday, Mr. Laughlin. You and your friends increase our happiness more than you could imagine. I’ve seen and heard it happen.
May your happiness increase.