Thanks to the 3rd Annual Arbors Invitational Jazz Party just held in Florida (through the generous love of the music displayed by Mat and Rachel Domber) and the videography of Don Wolff, we can enjoy some enthusiastic swing by Marty Grosz, Dan Block, Scott Robinson, Vince Giordano, and Arnie Kinsella.
These clips (and many more) come from the “ArborsJazz” and “MrDonWolff” channels on YouTube . . .
Here’s JAZZ ME BLUES, which rocks irresistibly from its opening notes. Catch the delicious interplay among the three reeds, and the smile on Scott’s face when Vince switches to his aluminum string bass. Savor the variations of timbre and attack the reed players bring on — this whole performance could be a tribute to Kenny Davern, Pee Wee Russell, Frank Teschmacher, and Adrian Rollini — over that galloping, just-right rhythmic pulse. Marty, of course, has managed to wholly internalize Fats Waller’s stride on his guitar. And those spontaneous riffs at the end:
IF WE NEVER MEET AGAIN, such a pretty tune, brings on the “Mystery Song” by Horace Gerlach (believe this vaudeville gambit at your peril) and an exposition by Professor Grosz on the music business and the questions of compositional integrity. What sublime tenderness elevates this performance, from Marty’s sweet ballad tribute to Louis to Scott’s just-right cornet and onwards:
In the bar, for the listening and dancing pleasure of the lucky patrons, here’s “the band within a band,” the informal duet of Block and Grosz. What is this band called? The Hot Wind? The Balmy Zephyr? One Stiff Breeze? But I digress.
Marty and Dan offer I BELIEVE IN MIRACLES (complete with a classic Martyian exposition of facts and satire):
Following that, a delightful exposition of Hoagy Carmichael’s JUBILEE:
And an impromptu but swinging ALL MY LIFE:
I initially thought, “This is music to die for,” but then amended it to “music to LIVE FOR (and LIVE BY).” Better, no?
HORACE GERLACH SAYS: CLICK THE LINK BELOW IN THE NAME OF SWING (ALL PROCEEDS GO TO THE MUSICIANS)!