Daily Archives: August 1, 2012

ATLANTA 2012: ALLAN VACHE, MATT MUNISTERI, MARK SHANE, JOHN COCUZZI, FRANK TATE, ED METZ (April 21, 2012)

“Romping,” as someone near me said at the end of this inspired set — featuring Allan Vache, clarinet; Matt Munisteri, guitar; Mark Shane, piano; John Cocuzzi, vibraphone; Frank Tate, string bass; Ed Metz, drums — from the 2012 Atlanta Jazz Party.  After the initial selection, the repertoire seems to be an expertly-played tribute to the Benny Goodman small groups, 1936-40, but let us not forget Lionel Hampton, Charlie Christian, and Teddy Wilson as worthy creators.

IT’S YOU OR NO ONE:

SOFT WINDS:

SEVEN COME ELEVEN:

MEMORIES OF YOU:

FLYIN’ HOME:

May your happiness increase.

DO YOU HAVE PLANS FOR APRIL 20, 1939?

Can you spare $2.50?

And are you free to join me uptown — Thursday night into Friday morning — for some remarkable hot jazz?

It’s not every day you get to hear Milton “Mezz” Mezzrow and his Blue Bird Recording Orchestra featuring Tommy Ladnier on Trumpets, is it?  I have never been to a Sensational Attraction and Dance, myself.

Here’s the official invitation if a newspaper clipping seems too gauche:

I want to know who else was in the band.  Teddy Bunn, Elmer James, Manzie Johnson, James P. Johnson, Wellman Braud, Zutty Singleton . . . .?  And who knew that Mezz was living at 126th Street and Fifth Avenue at the time.  Tommy Ladnier, alas, would be dead on June 4.

Who were the Park Royal Boys?  And when did the Congress Casino Ballroom become an office building or an apartment complex?

Thanks to David J. Weiner, sleuth extraordinaire, for this eBay find!

May your happiness increase.