Another highlight of the 2011 Sacramento Jazz Jubilee was this tribute — lively and touching — to the recently departed “jazz greats” who had played the Jubilee many times in the past: Jake Hanna, drums; Eddie Higgins, piano; Tommy Saunders, trumpet; Chuck Hedges, clarinet. 

The band was led by the affable and funny Bill Allred (who also happens to be a superb trombonist), with Bob Schulz, cornet, vocals; Kim Cusack, clarinet; Johnny Varro, piano; Darrell Fernandez, bass; Vince Bartels, drums.  And two New York visitors!

They began with a Condonite ROSETTA:

Then a lovely I REMEMBER YOU by the rhythm section:

AS LONG AS I LIVE was good reason to invite Jon-Erik Kellso and John Allred (The Ear Inn’s superheroes) up to the stand to play some:

A touching rendition of OLD FOLKS, highlighted by Bob’s heartfelt singing:

 And the set ended with a leisurely SINGIN’ THE BLUES, for Bix and Tommy and all the dear departed:

Remembering the dead through living music and stories makes them seem to be with us still . . . .

4 responses to ““TRIBUTE TO THE JAZZ GREATS” at the 2011 SACRAMENTO JAZZ JUBILEE (May 28, 2011)

  1. A fabulous group of musicians, playing some of the best tunes ever written,,Such enjoyment on the listening end. I have a couple of CDs by Eddie Higgins, and Johnny Varro…favorites in my long list of “favorites.” Kim Cusack is top of the line in my books..and I am also a major fan of Jon-Erik Kellso..This is such a fantastic post, so I thank you! You enable me not to miss out on all of the greats.

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  3. I had the great fortune to have known and to have seen all of those being honored with this performance. I could go on about how skillfully each played (and they truly did) but, in retrospect, each of these men also shared one additional common trait: they all had a marvelous sense of humor. Jake’s humor and his anecdotes were boundless; Eddie’s was a little on the dry side but very sophisticated; I shared drinks with Tommy and his expressions would dissolve you in laughter; Chuck had a comical and irreverent view of the world, much like the Irish. They were all great guys to be around and it was as much a treat to listen to them swap tales as it was to hear them play. I think that’s what I miss the most. I have many recordings of each to remind me of what terrific musicians they all were, but the loss of their individuality and humor is as irreplaceable as their presence on the bandstand. Rest in peace, guys. Love you madly.


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