Daily Archives: January 2, 2010

A MEMORIAL FOR SAM PARKINS

An update from James Lincoln Collier:  
The memorial for Sam this week is meant for musicians only, especially those who played with Sam.  The venue is far too small to accomodate a lot of people. There will be a large memorial for Sam in February to which others will be invited.

A jazz memorial to honor and remember the reedman and raconteur Leroy “Sam” Parkins will be held on Tuesday, January 5, 2010 — starting 5:00 PM at the Greenwich Village Bistro (13 Carmine Street in Lower Manhattan) where he and singer Ronnie Washam had a regular gig.  Among the musicians who will be there to play the jazz Sam loved will be trumpeter Peter Ecklund, trombonist James Lincoln Collier, painist / singer Peter Sokolow, and bassist David Winograd.  The Bistro is a small place, so you might want to be there early to get a seat.  Sam, unabashedly pleased when he was the center of a whirl, would be delighted to see the place full of people listening, talking, and enjoying themselves.

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THE UNACCOUNTED FOUR

The extraordinary trumpeter, composer, and arranger Menno Daams put together a new quartet — wittily called The Unaccounted Four.  I was delighted to find this performance on YouTube — where this quartet plays Sidney Bechet’s LE VIEUX BATEAU.  Along with Menno, there’s clarinetist David Lukacs; guitarist Martien Oster; bassist Jos Machtel.  The Unaccounted Four reminds me of three magnificent quartets: the 1940 meeting of Muggsy Spanier and Sidney Bechet; the record session Rex Stewart and Barney Bigard made with Django Reinhardt, and the Ruby Braff-George Barnes Quartet of the early Seventies.  

And for those who (like myself) are entranced by Menno and this little band, visit their MySpace page:

http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&videoid=54237940

This quartet — featuring Menno and the gently persuasive David Lukacs floating over a sweetly hot rhythm duo — is both understated and compelling.  More, please!

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