If you remember depictions of jazz in classic films, competition is always key. One trumpet player plays higher, faster, louder: he is crowned the New King of Jazz and the pretenders to the throne slink away into the night. Some of the greatest players saw the bandstand as a place where they could prove themselves Reigning Monarch. Wiser ones understand that harmony is the key: beautiful teamwork makes for beautiful music.
This friendly enlightenment was enacted in front of our eyes on Sunday morning, April 22, 2012, at the Atlanta Jazz Party — at an hour that most musicians only recognize under certain kinds of duress. But everyone played angelically. . . and brotherly love came out through their instruments. No cutting contest here between trumpeters Duke and Jon-Erik, friends for a long time, and the rest of the band followed suit:
An easy-rocking YELLOW DOG BLUES:
I GOT IT BAD — music for the ages:
TIGER RAG, not too fast:
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