INSPIRED JAZZ MISCHIEF AFTER HOURS IN SACRAMENTO: DAN BARRETT, PHIL FLANIGAN, ROSSANO SPORTIELLO, STEPHANIE TRICK (May 27, 2012)

Are you one of these people secretly convinced that the best things happen when you aren’t there?  Do you suspect that the most superb music is played by musicians for their own pleasure — after the concert, in their hotel rooms, in empty ballrooms?  This may not be paranoid imagining.  I think the videos below — taken at the 2012 Sacramento Music Festival — are compelling evidence.

This session took place after the Sunday evening concert had ended . . . and the musicians didn’t want to go back to their hotels (Rossano Sportiello and Dan Barrett being prime instigators).  While the cheerful people surrounding the stage were putting everything away, packing up, doing their jobs . . . the music started — or kept going.

First a hip RUSSIAN LULLABY with Dan at the piano and Phil Flanigan at the bass.  Then — with some musical chairs and giggling, Rossano and Stephanie Trick shared the piano bench while Phil kept the beat going and (eventually) Dan joined in on muted cornet for RUNNIN’ WILD:

No one wanted to call a halt to this fun (even though Phil had to catch a plane) so they took their time for an inspired KEEPIN’ OUT OF MISCHIEF NOW with Dan, Rossano, Stephanie:

And an old-fashioned rocking BLUES to close, created by Dan and Rossano:

“See you next year!”  “Beautiful!”  How true on both counts.

I am so grateful to the musicians here — people whom I count as friends — for not saying, “For goodness’ sake, Michael, put that video camera down.  You’re not going to shoot this, are you?”  They knew I was there — circling around — but they tacitly let me stay . . . what a privilege!

May your happiness increase.

6 responses to “INSPIRED JAZZ MISCHIEF AFTER HOURS IN SACRAMENTO: DAN BARRETT, PHIL FLANIGAN, ROSSANO SPORTIELLO, STEPHANIE TRICK (May 27, 2012)

  1. ….nice. (needs drums)

  2. Thnx to Michael for sticking around to catch the late nite postlude and, of course, to the indefatiguable players,

  3. Hi Brooks Tegler. Bill Bunter here. Your band played at the concerts I produced for the Johns Hopkins Children Center in the late 80’s. remember Joe Muranyi. He played as guest clarinet all three concerts. he died last April. I am putting on another concert on 2/9/13 for the benefit of long Island Alzheimer’s concert here in Southampton, NY. I am now 82 and still going strong. Are you still playing the drums in your own band?

  4. You said it was a privilege to video…OMG, what a privilege to listen to!!
    This had to be so much fun, Still there was those proficent musicians making beautiful music…I enjoyed! Thank you NM

  5. Peter van Steen

    Hi Michael, thanks for sticking around to record this! Love it!! I had a similar experience with Dan in Breda during the jazzfestival in Breda in 2011. He started playing very soft on his muted trumpet together with Ian Date on the guitar at half past three in the night on the terrace of the hotel where they stay during the festival. For the nightporter it wasn’t quiet enough, so they went to the lawn next to the hotel and played for a couple nightowls like me some very nice tunes. Terrific guys, terrific music.
    Thanks again!!

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