Daily Archives: December 3, 2012

NAPOLEON’S TRIUMPH: COMING TO THE REGENCY JAZZ CLUB (December 7, 2012)

You can’t afford to miss this dream, to quote Louis.

Ray Mosca, Marty Napoleon, Bill Crow

Ray Mosca, Marty Napoleon, Bill Crow

Pianist Marty Napoleon is now 91.  Yes, 91.  And he is still exuberantly playing, singing, composing, telling stories.  He’s played with everyone of note including Louis, Gene Krupa, Billie Holiday, Cozy Cole, Buck Clayton, Henry Red Allen, Coleman Hawkins, Charlie Barnet, Harry Carney, Serge Chaloff, Kai Winding, Allen Eager, Shelley Manne, Charlie Ventura, Buddy Rich, Chubby Jackson, Charlie Shavers, Ruby Braff, Milt Hinton, Jo Jones, Bobby Hackett, Jack Teagarden, Rex Stewart, Jimmy Rushing, Bud Freeman, Earle Warren, Emmett Berry, Vic Dickenson, Buster Bailey, George Wettling, Max Kaminsky, Urbie Green, Clark Terry, Randy Sandke, Jon-Erik Kellso, Harry Allen, Billy Butterfield, Doc Cheatham, Peanuts Hucko, and more.

That history should count for something — recording and playing from the middle Forties until today.  Lest you think of Marty purely as an ancient figure, here is some very lively evidence, recorded less than six months ago: Marty, Joel Forbes, Chuck Riggs, Jon-Erik Kellso, Harry Allen, Joe Temperley — exploring SATIN DOLL:

If you’re like me, you might say at this point, “Where is this musical dynamo playing?  He sounds very fine for a man twenty years younger.”

The news is good, especially for Long Island, New York residents who despair the lack of swinging jazz here.  The gig is at a reasonably early hour.  And it’s free.

Details below.  I hope to see you there, and hope you give Marty, bassist Bill Crow, and drummer Ray Mosca the enthusiastic welcome they deserve.

May your happiness increase.

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MAGICAL SOUNDS: PETER BERNSTEIN and MICHAEL KANAN — PLAYING at THE STONE (Dec. 9, 2012)

All of a sudden Beauty sneaks up on us . . . so don’t miss out.  Guitarist Peter Bernstein and pianist Michael Kanan will be playing in duet on Sunday, December 9, 2012, at The Stone (in the East Village, New York City) — Avenue C and 2nd Street.  One set only at 10 PM, and to keep things symmetrical, the admission price is $10.

Bernstein and Kanan are subtle lyric poets, masters of tone and shading — but they never get bogged down in pretty sounds.  Rather, one hears a beautiful river with many sweet currents, flowing over luminous semi-precious stones.

Here are Michael and Peter exploring EMBRACEABLE YOU in The Drawing Room last February:

Without being too unsubtle, may I point out that gigs like this are not all that frequent . . . and they bring intense pleasure.

May your happiness increase.