“Liamjazz” from YouTube sent this along this morning. Although both the performance and the video are informal, I found the overall effect touching — Scott Hamilton joining a big band playing a Thirties chart of DAVENPORT BLUES outdoors in Leiden, for the pleasure of the public. Here is the description of the video, reprinted verbatim —
Scott Hamilton with Bernard Berkhout Swing Orchestra
Jazzcafe De Twee Spieghels Leiden 3-10-2010
Bert Brandsma playing his very first gig with this band, actually sightreading the charts.
Scott Hamilton played with Benny Goodman in the 1980’s.
Davenport Blues composed by Bix Beiderbecke
Bernard Berkhout swing orchestra plays swing charts from the golden era of Jazz.
Clarinettist and general practitioner Bernard Berkhout started a new project just over 2 years ago: a Thirties Swing Band comprising only professional musicians that recreates the ideas and arrangements of jazz legend Benny Goodman. Berkhout takes listeners by the hand in a unique manner and leads them on a journey through the thirties. In a light manner, the band subtly connects the current temporary economic crisis, to the Great Depression of the 1930s.