I didn’t have to go to graduate school to learn that things come to an end, including the summer, the bag of potato chips, and the cup of Earl Grey tea. Of course we know that change may be the only constant. But I was saddened to find that Jon-Erik Kellso’s Sunday gig at Sweet Rhythm is no more.
The reasons surely weren’t musical, and the audience had grown exponentially from the first Sunday to the fourth, which was November 16. No, the gig ended for economic reasons, understandable but sorrowful nonetheless. I envision this blog as a place to celebrate, so I will not embark on dark ruminations.
What I prefer to do here is thank the musicians who played so beautifully: Jon-Erik, Chuck Wilson, Will Anderson, Peter Reardon-Anderson, John Allred, Ehud Asherie, Rossano Sportiello, Kelly Friesen, Andrew Swann, and a host of gifted sitters-in including Lisa Hearns and Adrian Cunningham. And the Friends of Jazz who filled the room: the Beloved, of course; Jackie, Lala, and Nina Favara; Bill and Sonya Dunham; Dick Dreiwitz; Jim and Grace Balantic; Marianne Mangan and Robert Levin. And thanks to the people I didn’t get to meet who grinned and clapped and were moved along with us.
The music lives on in our memories and on YouTube. You can visit my “swingyoucats” account and Jim’s “recquilt” for clips on this band in action. But even the best live video isn’t the same thing.
AWFUL SAD, to quote Ellington.