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 . . . .