Here are Allan Vache, clarinet; John Cocuzzi, vibraphone; John Sheridan, piano; Paul Keller, string bass; Ed Metz, drums and master of jazz ceremonies, having a good time and making sure we did as well, on March 3, 2012, at Dixieland Monterey — the Jazz Bash by the Bay.
They began with a rocking DON’T GET AROUND MUCH ANYMORE, with a shuffle beat. (Allan had changed the title, for all to hear, to DON’T GET MUCH AROUND HERE ANYMORE, a subtle but telling difference):
Then, after Ed had explained his unexpected proliferation of nouns and verbs, he led the band into that paean to familiar joys, BACK IN YOUR OWN BACKYARD:
Many jazz festivals are short on PRETTY — the prevailing winds are loud and fast — so this serene version of MORE THAN YOU KNOW was a deep delight, starting with Sheridan’s reading of the verse:
A romping SOME OF THESE DAYS, featuring Ed. Himself:
Memories of Benny, Lionel, Teddy, and Gene — MEMORIES OF YOU:
For Bix, for Louis, and for fun — ‘WAY DOWN YONDER IN NEW ORLEANS:
And another pretty tune — how lovely! Johnny Mandel / Johnny Mercer’s EMILY:
The set closed with a paradox (among the musical vaudeville and tender ballads) — CALIFORNIA, HERE I COME — even though they were already there. Paul Keller embodies “the walking bass” for us:
May your happiness increase.