Daily Archives: September 21, 2010

PAGING DOCTOR JAZZ: FOR JIM DAPOGNY

Recently Jim Dapogny had major surgery.  But he is recovering (as Marty Grosz would say) With Dispatch and Vigor

If you don’t know Jim, what a pity — Professor Dapogny is not only a music scholar of great renown, noted for his work on Jelly Roll Morton and James P. Johnson, but he is a stomping pianist of splendid subtleties, someone who can rock the hall without half trying — a true successor to Joe Sullivan and Frank Melrose.  And he’s a wonderful arranger for big bands and small.   

Even with the stellar pianists at this year’s Jazz at Chautauqua, we missed the Professor. 

But the waggish Martin Oliver Grosz, he of the rapier wit, is very fond of his colleague and dedicated a tune to him during the Thursday night jam sessions.  What tune?  YOU PUT A BANDAGE ON ME — known to more sedate listeners as YOU TOOK ADVANTAGE OF ME. 

Here, Marty, John Sheridan, piano; Andy Schumm, cornet; Bob Reitmeier, clarinet; Frank Tate, bass; Pete Siers, drums, swing out in true Dapogny style.  They’re all specialists; they don’t need second opinions:

Get well, Professor!  Watch out for those co-pays!  See you next month!

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The Third Set: ANDY SCHUMM and his BIXOLOGISTS at WHITLEY BAY (July 10, 2010)

“Too good to ignore!” as Eddie Condon once said. 

Here are the closing performances from a generous concert set: Andy, cornet; Paul Munnery, trombone; Norman Field, reeds and commentary; Paul Asaro, piano; Jacob Ullberger, banjo and guitar; Frans Sjostrom, bass saxophone; Josh Duffee, drums.

ANGRY (courtesy of the Bruni[e]s brothers):

JAPANESE SANDMAN. more evidence of the Orientalism of pop songs of the time:

SUSIE (OF THE ISLANDS), which Andy says is “take A”:

HUMPTY DUMPTY — a Schumm “modernistic” piano solo, entirely convincing:

and to close off this lengthy and rewarding concert, SOMEBODY STOLE MY GAL:

We’re grateful for such impassioned, expert playing.