Good for stompin’, to quote Oran Page. Here’s some truly heartfelt hot jazz from the 2011 San Diego Thanksgiving Dixieland Jazz Festival — thanks to Paul Daspit, who brought these glorious musicians together and made sure everyone on and off the stand was beaming, and more of the same to our own “SFRaeAnn,” Rae Ann Berry, whose devotion to the music sends it around the world in the very best ways: her up-to-date list of hot jazz gigs in the area on www.sfraeann.com and her YouTube channel here.
The Yerba Buena Stompers, led by banjoist / singer John Gill, improve the air whenever they play. In this incarnation, recorded on November 24 and 25, 2011, in two sets, the YBS took its repertoire in part from the songs that Alan Adams — the late trombonist and San Diego festival director — loved to play. Alan had good taste, and this is the way to be remembered!
In addition to Mister Gill, the band sported Kevin Dorn, drums; Conal Fowkes, piano; Clint Baker, tuba; Tom Bartlett, trombone; Orange Kellin, clarinet, and the brass superheroes Leon Oakley and Duke Heitger on cornet and trumpet, respectively.
Here’s MUSK(R)AT RAMBLE, played at the nice tempo it began its life at:
And that rocking lament, SOMEBODY STOLE MY GAL, explicated by Duke:
Another GAL, who stayed where she was, was Paul Dresser’s loyal MY GAL SAL:
A brisk exploration of WABASH BLUES:
One of the great early hit songs of the last century, ROSES OF PICARDY (again taken at such a sweet tempo — balancing Hot and Sentimental perfectly). The trumpet conversation after Orange’s solo is priceless:
Something for Johnny Dodds — circa 1926, Chicago — FLAT FOOT:
A less-known invitation to the dance from the Hot Five repertoire, with an inviting vocal by John — and dig the trumpet / cornet sound on the verse, and their colloquy after the vocal:
Finally, an evocation of Louis and Papa Joe, RIVERSIDE BLUES:
Come on and Stomp!