Who says that hot jazz is solely the purview of a generation of elder statesmen? Certainly not the young brassmen Justin (trumpet) and Brandon Au (trombone), who paid a social call to the High Sierra Jazz Band at the Sacramento Music Festival on May 27, 2012.
Justin and Brandon joined leader / reedman Pieter Meijers, their Uncle How (Howard Miyata on trombone and vocal), Bryan Shaw on trumpet, Stan Huddleston on banjo, Bruce Huddleston on piano, Earl McKee on sousaphone and vocals, and Charlie Castro, drums — for a program of hot cross-generational jazz and hijinks.
The HSJB began with a nineteenth-century favorite, sung with great honest feeling by Earl, THE OLD SPINNING WHEEL:
Then, one of the many animal-themed compositions dear to the Original Dixieland Jazz Band and, a bit later, Bix Beiderbecke, OSTRICH WALK:
Here, after Pieter introduces the boys, everyone creates a wonderful street-parade CANAL STREET BLUES:
Justin, Brandon (vocal), and Pieter swing out on NAGASAKI:
And, as an aside, here is what I believe to be the performance — captured for posterity — that Peter refers to. A slippery composition, CAPITOL-BOUND, performed at the Pismo Jazz Jubilee by the Sea — October 28, 2011 — by Justin, Brandon, Gordon, Uncle How, Danny Coots, and Katie Cavera:
One of the High Sierra’s patented specialties, FROM MONDAY ON, with a vocal by Earl and a five-horn recreation of Bix’s solos at the end:
And, to close, a hot blues for Louis, MAHOGANY HALL STOMP:
Age doesn’t matter in jazz if the spirit is right.
May your happiness increase.