I’m delighted that the tireless videographer Don Wolff has decided to share another performance from his archives with us — this one from the 1997 Mid-America Jazz Festival in St. Louis.
It features Marty Grosz in classic form: bespoke bowtie and striped shirt, verbal effusiveness in full flower, describing the “joints” of yesteryear . . . before inviting the boys to swing out — “the boys” being the dewy Peter Ecklund (cornet), Bobby Gordon (clarinet), and Greg Cohen (string bass).
And swing out they certainly do — on WHEN I TAKE MY SUGAR TO TEA, at a wonderfully leisurely tempo suitable for romance over Lapsang Souchong, or perhaps Earl Grey:
More, please, Don?
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The response to the jubilant music played at The Ear Inn on the first Sunday of 2011 was properly enthusiastic — so I went back to the video archives and now offer this exuberant performance of THERE’LL BE SOME CHANGES MADE by The EarRegulars (Jon-Erik Kellso, Matt Munisteri, John Allred, Nicki Parrott, and sitter-in [or sitter-down] Chuck Redd, percussively wire-brushing crumbs off the tabletop):
I’m fresh out of laudatory adjectives, so I leave them to my readers — but the agility and empathy here are marvelous.
Who says that the festivities have to end once the big ball has dropped? Play on, EarRegulars!
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