More wonderful music from the 2011 San Diego Thanksgiving Dixieland Festival, proving that gratitude doesn’t require roast turkey.
Here are four delicious selections by the Reynolds Brothers, made available for JAZZ LIVES through the generosity of Rae Ann Berry, whose handiwork can be seen in two places (if you don’t encounter her at a concert, gig, or jazz party): her up-to-date list of hot jazz gigs in the area on www.sfraeann.com and her YouTube channel here.
The Reynolds Brothers Rhythm Rascals masquerade as the Ellis Island Boys when they’re at California Adventure Disney, but I just think of them as Katie Cavera, string bass and vocals; John Reynolds, guitar, banjo, vocals, and whistling; Ralf Reynolds, washboard, refereeing, and vocals; Marc Caparone, trumpet, vocals. On this set the youthful Nik Snyder joined them on banjo, too. And we had a splendid visit from Dawn Lambeth!
CHARLEY, MY BOY — with a neat vocal by Katie at a more leisurely tempo than usual, bringing out the song’s coy humor:
I GOTTA RIGHT TO SING THE BLUES showcased Dawn’s sweet singing — and she began with the verse, a rare treat. Louis and Django smile on this performance, as well:
I’M COMIN’ VIRGINIA always summons up Bix –always a good thing. One audience member was audibly enthusiastic during this performance, and with good reason:
YES, SIR, THAT’S MY BABY adds young Mr. Snyder to the party — great fun (and catch Nik observing John intently):
Ready to launch!
Thanks to Paul Daspit and these glorious musicians. More to come!