No, no one burst into CLIMB EV’RY MOUNTAIN, and Julie Andrews was otherwise engaged. But the High Sierra Jazz Band — here with guest hero Marc Caparone added to an already hot front line — knows how to get to the top and stay there. I present (for your listening, dining, and dancing pleasure) an early set from the 2012 Dixieland Monterey Jazz Bash by the Bay — with leader and raconteur Pieter Meijers on reeds and wry commentary; Charlie Castro, drums; Earl McKee, sousaphone and vocals; Stan Huddleston, banjo; Bruce Huddleston, piano; Howard Miyata (“the happiest man in Dixieland,” but why stop there?) on trombone, misc. brass, and vocal; and the electrifying two-cornet team of Bryan Shaw and Marc.
They began with the Creole Jazz Band’s irresistible MABEL’S DREAM. Pieter has obviously told many audiences a long wooly tale about who Mabel was and what she dreamed about (thrilling but somehow dubious). Does anyone know the real story? Was Mabel someone’s girlfriend, and did she dream lucky? Do tell:
Earl McKee takes us under her wing — let’s go DOWN IN HONKY TONK TOWN:
Ah, that Boy is here again — and he has something to tell us named the WININ’ BOY BLUES:
Mister Morton, take the stand! KANSAS CITY STOMPS:
When Sidney Bechet and Pieter book the tour, PASSPORT TO PARADISE is not merely an extravagant figure of speech:
Oh, Mister Jelly! “Get off the sidewalk, can’t you?” SIDEWALK BLUES:
They concluded their set with Fats Waller’s composed-in-a-taxicab-on-the-way-to-the-recording-studio-and-possibly-misidentified-on-the-label MINOR DRAG. Another thing we have Eddie Condon to thank for. (Should this song have been issued as HARLEM FUSS? One never knows. Do one?):
Good, good, good — hot and powerful, at the very peak.
May your happiness increase.