If you simply showed me this personnel, as a kind of jazz Rorschach test — Andy Schumm (cornet), Michael McQuaid, Norman Field (reeds), Alistair Allan (trombone), Keith Nichols (piano), Spats Langham (guitar / banjo), Frans Sjostrom (bass saxophone), Phil Rutherford (brass bass), Richard Pite (drums) — and asked me what I expected, or how I reacted, I would say that HOT JAZZ was coming, abandoned and accurate.
My experience at the 2012 Whitley Bay Classic Jazz Party will show you that my perception is correct. This band, under Andy’s leadership, assembled on October 26 to honor cornetist Jimmy McPartland and his friends — specifically, the recordings they made under a variety of pseudonyms in the late Twenties and the first two years of the next decade as refugees from Ben Pollack’s large, often sweet orchestra. Irving Mills’ Merry Makers. Jimmy Bracken’s Toe Ticklers. Mills Musical Clowns, Jimmy McHugh’s Bostonians. And more.
Here is their very hot set — with commentary by Andy and searing playing by everyone. (My wisdom tooth says YES.)
IT’S TIGHT LIKE THAT:
DIGA DIGA DOO:
BEND DOWN, SISTER ( a song about physical exercise and diet — lyrics below — in case Andy’s mom is truly worried about what her son is up to):
MY SWEET TOOTH SAYS ‘I WANNA’ (But My Wisdom Tooth Says No):
SHAKIN’ THE BLUES AWAY:
IT’S SO GOOD (with Andy and Michael switching instruments, expertly):
Red hot Chicago (and New York) visits Newcastle! For more of the same in autumn 2013, be sure to visit here while there are seats and rooms available. The 2012 Party sold out early.
“You’ve got to bend down, sister / Bend down, sister / If you want to keep thin / No more messing / With French dressing / Sister, you’ll have to bear it and grin / You can flirt with noodle soup / Sniff but don’t dare give in / Bend down, sister / Bend down, sister / If you want to keep thin.” Second chorus variations: “Don’t be hasty / With French pastry / If you never should eat at all / You’re a cinch to win.”
May your happiness increase.