John Sheridan is a wonderful pianist (also arranger, composer, deep listener and jazz thinker). He is so dependable that I hope he doesn’t get overlooked in favor of more mercurial, showy improvisers.
But you could wake John in the middle of the night, say, “Get dressed. Your country needs you to swing right now,” and he would be do it. Sheridan is apparently tough on the outside (although polite) but a tender-hearted romantic on the inside. In the black-and-white 1931 crime film unreeling in my head, he is Cagney’s pal, a ferocious cop who gives money to the orphans.
But you don’t have to get distracted by my analogies. Rather, listen to the man play — as he did on Friday, September 21, 2012, at Jazz at Chautauqua.
Henry Nemo’s very lovely song ‘TIS AUTUMN (always appropriate but chronologically so on Sept. 21, 2012):
A small suite for Bix. First, his IN THE DARK:
Then, the justly famous IN A MIST:
A romantic interlude from the pre-GPS era, thanks to Frank Loesser, LET’S GET LOST:
From GUYS AND DOLLS, more from Loesser, I’VE NEVER BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE:
And a Bob Zurke romp — all that motion in two minutes flat! EYE OPENER:
If your eyes are not open by now, go back to the beginning — da capo al fine — and savor what John does so beautifully!
May your happiness increase.