BOB HAVENS, SUPERHERO (Jazz at Chautauqua, Sept. 21, 2012)

Trombonist Bob Havens looks nothing like a Marvel Comics star.  In fact, his quiet Midwestern appearance and demeanor make Clark Kent look rather raunchy by comparison.  But Bob shows us, every time he puts together his trombone, that a man may be in his eighties and have his superpowers remain undiminished, and that red and blue costuming is not essential.

Here he is with Randy Reinhart, cornet; Alex Hoffman, tenor saxophone; Bob Reitmeier, clarinet; Keith Ingham, piano; Frank Tate, string bass; Pete Siers, drums — recorded at Jazz at Chautauqua on Friday, September 21, 2012.

Just because it’s amusing and surprising, Randy began the set with the classic end-of-the-night I’LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS:

A tribute to Bix and Tram in SINGIN’ THE BLUES:

Then Mr. Havens leaps into action on ROSE OF WASHINGTON SQUARE:

And they end the set with IN A MELLOTONE:

You don’t have to take it from me that Bob Havens is simply remarkable — the Douglas Fairbanks Sr. of the sliphorn.  Just look at the expressions on the faces of his colleagues.  I want to know what Bob eats (or doesn’t eat) for breakfast.  Surely we could all try it, too.

May your happiness increase.

4 responses to “BOB HAVENS, SUPERHERO (Jazz at Chautauqua, Sept. 21, 2012)

  1. Since the first time I heard Bob Havens, I loved to listen to him play. There was also something about his humble demeanor that induced respect for him as a musician, and a man. A remarkable fellow. Thank you, NM

  2. this guy is super. keep them coming. peter j muller

  3. Ned kerstetter

    I have been attending the Chautauqua Jazz Blowout for the past 12 years and every year Bob Havens has continued to amaze and delight me. I believe one of the most telling clues to how the musicians respond to Bob’s playing is to watch their faces as he solos. Randy Reinhart and Frank Tate’s expressions of near disbelief at Bob’s playing is testament to their feelings of approval.

    Ned Kerstetter October 25, 2012 6:45 pm

  4. Just great. Can’t believe he can play like this still after so many years in the business. The group is fantasitc, and I loved the tenor solo in In a Mellow Tone; it was perfect. Best regards from Canada!

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