My title is an unconscionable pun on Sondheim’s famous affirmation from FOLLIES.
It’s my way of writing how glad I am that the Sunday night sessions (from 8 to 11 PM, more or less) at The Ear Inn (326 Spring Street, Soho, New York City) are happily afloat. This summer The EarRegulars will celebrate their fourth anniversary!
I had missed a number of Ear sessions, so I was delighted to return on April 10, 2011 to find that nothing had been changed in my absence. Jon-Erik Kellso and Matt Munisteri, on trumpet and guitar, respectively, still offered benign swinging guidance (catch Jon-Erik’s plunger work on HAPPY FEET and Matt’s ringing, chiming solos and fierce rhythm!). The other members were the eloquent bassist Neal Miner and the always surprising Alex Hoffman on tenor sax. Here are three delightful performances from that night.
The first of these is a novelty song with goofy lyrics (about women who wicky-wacky-woo) which used to be a jazz / jam session favorite . . . less so in this century, but NAGASAKI is still a delight:
Then, an EarRegular favorite — bringing together the late Paul Whiteman band and the early-Thirties Henderson orchestra — HAPPY FEET:
These Sunday night music-parties are one of the best things about New York City: long may they continue!