For me, the 2012 San Diego Thanksgiving Dixieland Jazz Festival — or whatever more informal name you might know it by, such as the San Diego Jazz Fest — started with a shuffle. A Shuffle is a good thing when it’s created by the Yerba Buena Stompers, a band full of power and delicacy, deeply rooted in the great New Orleans traditions.
The heroes onstage are John Gill, banjo and vocals; Leon Oakley and Duke Heitger, trumpets; Tom Bartlett, trombone; Orange Kellin, clarinet; Conal Fowkes (Grammy-winner!), piano; Clint Baker, tuba; Kevin Dorn, drums. (I have a special fondness for two-trumpet interplay: Leon and Duke light up the room.)
NEW ORLEANS SHUFFLE:
PUT ON YOUR OLD GREY BONNET:
PERDIDO STREET BLUES:
MINSTRELS OF ANNIE STREET:
It was a splendid way to start a most rewarding weekend — I look forward to spending Thanksgiving amidst jazz friends in San Diego this year! Paul Daspit certainly knows how to make us feel thankful.
May your happiness increase.