JAZZ LIVES doesn’t always take requests, but after I’d written this about two impressive Gypsy jazz ensembles, DJANGOLOGIE and SOME LIKE IT HOT CLUB, a reader wrote in: Hi! I would recommend that you get your hands on a CD by a group here in Cincinnati, The Faux Frenchmen. A very fine quartet that deserves a listen.
They do indeed. And since I’ve seen them for a number of years at Jazz at Chautauqua, I can vouch for this reader’s enthusiasm and show everyone what he’s excited about — with a twist of the wrist, or perhaps a dozen clicks of the mouse.
ROCKIN’ IN RHYTHM:
Theme from RHAPSODY IN BLUE:
I’M BEGINNING TO SEE THE LIGHT (with Andy Schumm, cornet, and Howard Alden, joining in — one chorus only):
MINOR SWING (with Howard, and Andy switching to piano):
This swinging group will also be at the 2013 Jazz at Chautauqua party: need I say more? Their usual personnel is George Cunningham, Brian Lovely, guitars; Don Aren, string bass; Paul Patterson, violin; for the 2012 Chautauqua party, they were joined by Joe Lucasik, clarinet. Here is their website, too: with their performing schedule and information on their four CDs.
May your happiness increase!