Initially, I thought the band name was misleading — even though I understood the reference to PETER PAN. Clint Baker (heard here on clarinet and trumpet) and Jason Vanderford (banjo) seem like the least-lost-fellows in the cosmos . . . they never miss a beat! But I accept the title on behalf of Katie Cavera, who certainly provokes lovely thoughts whether she’s playing, singing, or just sitting down in front of her breakfast . . .and she surely can fly (no need for the feathers)!
We owe thanks to the musicians and to Alisa Clancy — whose December 6, 2011, end-of-the-year party at her “Jazz on the Hill” class at San Mateo Community College we’re now enjoying. And of course we owe thanks to Rae Ann Berry, who took her camera, tripod, and enthusiasm to capture this music for us.
Exactly like this, exactly like them, EXACTLY LIKE YOU:
When some people might ask, “Should I reveal / exactly how I feel?” we might be tempted to say, “Gee, I’ve got to run. Will you look at that time?” — but this group can reveal its feelings all they like . . . play it till 2051:
Katie sings I WISH I COULD SHIMMY LIKE MY SISTER KATE — beautifully, as always. Some of you may be troubled by the postmodern aspect of this — isn’t Katie Cavera our Sister Kate? How can she sing about herself in the third person? Don’t let these metafictional trifles ruin your pleasure:
And here’s Clint to tell us all about Al Capone, Johnny Dodds, and a hat — tales worth spinning — as prelude to a lovely rendition of SARATOGA SWING:
Another one of Miss Cavera’s signature numbers, that paean to erotic activity — time’s a-wasting! We’re burning moonlight here! Ah, DO SOMETHING:
And a version of JUST A CLOSER WALK WITH THEE (in two tempos) that’s full of feeling and personal significance, as Clint explains:
We’ll close with another vision of Paradise — did J.M. Barrie know this one? — called AVALON: