It’s dark in New York. Daylight seems to get swallowed up every day.
What to do?
Moving away isn’t an option, and reassurances that we will make it to April seem very thin comfort. Were I a bear or a squirrel, I could drown my sorrows by stuffing myself with acorns and go hibernate. But acorns give me indigestion and my college frowns on professors staying home for four months.
The only thing I can do is a jubilant nose-thumbing at winter. I’ve paid for a seat at a hot jazz extravaganza for March 2011 — DIXIELAND MONTEREY — JAZZ BASH BY THE BAY. That’s in California, by the way. (Look at the bright yellow of the Bash logo — that’s much better than a full-spectrum light, isn’t it?)
Dixieland Monterey will take place March 4-6, and will be held at the Portola Hotel and Spa, the Monterey Conference Center and Fisherman’s Wharf. The Monterey waterfront, I’ve been told, is lovely — and this Bash has been presenting “Dixieland, Big Band, Swing, Ragtime, Blues, and Gypsy Jazz” for more than thirty years. In addition to the sets by a wide variety of bands, there will be a Swing Dance Party, three afternoon Banjo Jubilees, and a Dance Marathon.
“Well, Michael, who’s going to be there?” I can hear my loyal readership clamoring — on two and four, of course.
How about this list?
And the website notes that reduced prices will be in effect until the end of 2010. Better to go to a jazz party than curse the darkness. I forget: did Eleanor Roosevelt say that or was it Zutty Singleton?
For more information, check out http://www.dixieland-monterey.com/. I now have some fun to look forward to . . . it will keep me more cheerful through the darkest days of winter.
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Only hypothetically. Think of the grocery bill doubled, the attendant clutter in the apartment if there were two of me . . . and so on. But this coming Sunday night (December 12, 2010) I have two gigs I badly want to go to — and videorecord — and the only way to hear them both from start to finish is by way of Frank Loesser’s song.
The first gig is (not surprisingly) a special edition of The EarRegulars at The Ear Inn (326 Spring Street, Soho, New York City) which runs from 8-11. Jon-Erik Kellso will be doing that remarkable thing, sharing the stage with one of his trumpet-playing pals, the esteemed Randy Reinhart. Matt Munisteri and Joel Forbes will be doing what they do wonderfully on guitar and bass. I swear on a stack of Adrian Rollini autographs that Huge Fun is in the offing.
But wait! There’s more!
Dan Block and Friends are playing the lovely (and sometimes little-known) music of Ellington and Strayhorn that night at the Brooklyn Lyceum — 227 Fourth Avenue, Brooklyn, New York. But the good news is that there are two sets, one at 9 and the other at 10:30. Dan will be joined by Lee Hudson, bass; James Chirillo, guitar; Michael Kanan, piano; Tom Melito, drums; Mark Sherman, vibes. Admission is $10.
So I have a plan: the first set at The Ear, offer a libation to Phillup DeBucket, get in the car, reposition the GPS on the windshield, and drive to Brooklyn. It gets my blood moving even thinking about it. No need to be twins here. I hope to see some of the faithful at either / both gigs: you’ll recognize me by my intent look, my videocamera, my tripod, and my delight at being alive to hear and witness such wonderful events.
P.S. If you don’t know Fats Waller’s recording of Frank Loesser’s I WISH I WERE TWINS, you haven’t lived. Then there’s Red Allen’s. And Marty Grosz’s. The world is not only wide but delightful . . .
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