I don’t exactly know the source of the videos below — except that they’ve been posted by “sergech” on YouTube some time ago. I was in the audience at several New York City concerts of the New York Jazz Repertory Company in 1974 and 1975: two tributes to Louis Armstrong, two to Bix Beiderbecke, but I can’t say whether these clips come from either of the two Bix concerts that I saw.
And perhaps the whole world has already seen them on YouTube. But since I keep returning to them with pleasure, awe, and sadness, perhaps they will be new to someone? The personnel is Richard M. Sudhalter and Warren Vache, cornets; Ephie Resnick, trombone; Bob Wilber, reeds; Kenny Davern, bass sax; a nearly invisible Dill Jones, piano; Marty Grosz, banjo; Chauncey Morehouse, drums. Although the color is murky (perhaps the source was a videotape?) the camerawork is professional, as is the sound.
Here’s a serious, steady ROYAL GARDEN BLUES that features Sudhalter and Vache trading congenial solos at the end, anchored by Davern’s stately bass sax (he sounds as if he’s playing LESTER LEAPS IN at one point) and Morehouse’s rocking drums:
DAVENPORT BLUES, where Sudhalter takes the solo:
And GOOSE PIMPLES, solidly anchored by Morehouse’s parade beats on the snare, Dill Jones both audible and visible, Vache having the last word:
Finally, a moving SINCE MY BEST GAL TURNED ME DOWN, with the “slow-drag” section firmly in place and a wonderful Davern solo:
Shall we mourn all of them who are gone — Davern, Dill Jones, Morehouse, Sudhalter? Or shall we celebrate the survivors — Grosz, Resnick, Vache, Wilber?
Both, I believe. And Bix, both gone and surviving.