LET ME DREAM SOME MORE: JON-ERIK KELLSO, DAN BARRETT, DAN LEVINSON, JOHN SHERIDAN, JON BURR, RICKY MALICHI (JAZZ AT CHAUTAUQUA 2011)

Trumpeter Jon-Erik Kellso knows how to have a good time, and to make sure that the fun envelops everyone in the room.  He showed this from the first notes of his set at this year’s Jazz at Chautauqua — one of the informal sessions that took place in the parlor on Thursday night, September 15, 2011.

He also knows how to plan sets: a nice Thirties medium swinger by Walter Donaldson, a pretty ballad associated with Louis, a nod to John Sheridan’s Dream Band and Fats Waller in a little-played pop tune of the period, and something really sweet to send us off to bed (the Beloved called it “melty” and she was of course correct).

Of course Jon-Erik had the finest kind of friendly assistance from Jon Burr, bass; John Sheridan, piano; Dan Barrett, trombone; Dan Levinson, reeds; Ricky Malichi, drums.  (By name alone, Ricky might have felt left out of this jazz poker hand — but he’s such a fine drummer that we don’t care what his first name is.)

Here’s IT’S BEEN SO LONG, made memorable by Bunny Berigan, Ruby Braff, and many others:

Then, the lovely expression of gratitude — complete with the verse (only Jon-Erik plays this!) — THANKS A MILLION:

And something delightful — the 1935 pop song I associate with Fats Waller and a soaring Bill Coleman, DREAM MAN (“Let me dream some more!”):

And something stunning in its simple hymnlike beauty, Johnny Mercer’s DREAM:

The stuff that dreams are made on!

2 responses to “LET ME DREAM SOME MORE: JON-ERIK KELLSO, DAN BARRETT, DAN LEVINSON, JOHN SHERIDAN, JON BURR, RICKY MALICHI (JAZZ AT CHAUTAUQUA 2011)

  1. Nice..Top of the line nice! I live in a small midwestern town, but i can close my eyes while listening to this very moving music, and I can be anywhere I want to be…Of course it has to be where this music is !! Thank you for the lovely post NM,,,Also a big thanks to all of these fabulous musicians for sharing their enormous talent with us.

  2. Duffy McGaffigan

    It’s been so long since we’ve heard live jazz. Thanks a million, dream man!

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