Click on the video below of ALEXANDER’S RAGTIME BAND (with verse) and be delighted. And when it’s about halfway through, notice how happy the musicians look:
These inspiring presences are Hal Smith, co-leader, washboard; Marc Caparone, cornet; Kim Cusack, clarinet; Howard Miyata, trombone; Katie Cavera, banjo; Georgia Korba, bass; Carl Sonny Leyland, piano.
Here’s EARLY HOURS, a deep-down opus, in the groove. The title doesn’t refer to the morning commute to work: it’s Chicago 1926 brought whole into this century:
Something more cheerful — WHEN YOU AND I WERE YOUNG, MAGGIE (at one of the many tempos this classic works well):
Katie suggests another kind of social networking here: I WISH I COULD SHIMMY LIKE MY SISTER KATE. You know it’s serious business when Professor Miyata brings on his shiny tuba for a meditation on the theme:
This wonderful music was captured for us by Rae Ann Berry at the Fresno, California, Sounds of Mardi Gras celebration on February 12, 2011.
HOW ABOUT SOMETHING FOR THE MUSICIANS WE ADMIRE SO? ALL MONEY COLLECTED GOES TO THEM: