SMILES (June 11, 2010)

There are smiles / that make us happy . . . !

And there’s music that makes us smile. 

A case in point, thanks to Rae Ann Berry, Clint Baker’s Cafe Borrone All-Stars, and this wonderful ancient song (I hear Chick Bullock singing it circa 1940 — a touching performance).  Here it’s played by Leon Oakley, trumpet; veteran Bob Mielke, trombone; Robert Young, reeds; Ray Skjelbred, keyboard; Bill Rinehart, bass; Clint Baker, guitar plus!; Jeff Hamilton, drums.

You’ll notice a few delightful sidelights: what other band has its leader put down his guitar, play a hot clarinet chorus, and then go back to rhythm?  I love the Skjelbred – Hamilton interplay late in the performance, and I am especially amused by the young man (is he officially a “toddler”?) with his picture book, who seems transfixed by the music.  He’ll grow up to have his own jazz blog at the very least.

I find myself smiling: I hope you are doing the same.

4 responses to “SMILES (June 11, 2010)

  1. John Choquette

    Love Leon’s playing – synthesis of Louis, Mugsy Spanier, and Ruby Braff. More! More! I can’t sit still !

  2. Sweet. Love the couple dancing in back of the lady sweeping.

  3. Dear John, If you visit “SFRaeAnn” on YouTube or if you search for Leon Oakley, you will find several dozen clips where he plays with equal fervor, skill, and intensity — he’s an old-fashioned Hot Man in the best way! Cheers, Michael

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