SWING SESSION at DIXIELAND MONTEREY 2012: ALLAN VACHE, JOHN COCUZZI, JOHN SHERIDAN, PAUL KELLER, ED METZ (March 3, 2012)

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.

6 responses to “SWING SESSION at DIXIELAND MONTEREY 2012: ALLAN VACHE, JOHN COCUZZI, JOHN SHERIDAN, PAUL KELLER, ED METZ (March 3, 2012)

  1. Love Cocuzzi’s vibes, and with the way he moves around the instrument, he must not be bad on the dance floor! Thanks for sharing, all the best.

  2. Janie McCue Lynch

    Michael…ALL of your videos are wonderful…this one is exceptional. Thank you!

  3. Superb musicians, great choice of tunes..I thoroughly enjoyed,,,Thank you NM,,,much love, and MYHI

  4. Great to find a place to hear such great musicians. Can’t get to as many festivals as we used to – so this is terrific!!

  5. Unquestionably unforgettable unimagibly fine music by some fierce cats. But America also wants to know who shot the great video? What camera? External mic or internal? Played on this computer in high quality, excellent audio, smooth pans right to the action. Was there special stage lighting? COngratsto the videographer. and thnx for posting

  6. Joel, your check is coming! A Panasonic HD camera with a Rode microphone mounted on it . . . cinematography by T and E (trial and error). You’re more than welcome!

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