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 . . .