Daily Archives: March 25, 2013

HONEY IN THE EAR: SCOTT ROBINSON, DION TUCKER, MATT MUNISTERI, NEAL MINER: The EarRegulars at The Ear Inn, March 10, 2013

Two aesthetic quotations come to mind.  The first, from Hot Lips Page.

I presume that someone asked him why he played _______ instead of _______, and he said, “The material is immaterial,” which suggests that one can be just as creative improvising on the simple as the complex, the familiar as well as the innovative.

The second is from another jazz philosopher, Eddie Condon, who said, “The only question about music is this: does it come in the ear like broken glass or like honey?”

Both Lips and Eddie approve, I am sure, of the music played every Sunday (8-11 PM) by the roving adventurers known as The EarRegulars at The Ear Inn (326 Spring Street, Soho, New York).

And here are a half-dozen samples, organic, locally sourced, and especially free-ranging, from the night of March 10, 2013, when the heroic participants were Matt Munisteri, guitar; Neal Miner, string bass; Dion Tucker, trombone; Scott Robinson, tenor saxophone and jazzophone.

If you flinch  because “all the tunes are old,” just remember what Lips said.  And enjoy the honeyed bliss of the sweet and hot music.

ROYAL GARDEN BLUES:

BABY, WON’T YOU PLEASE COME HOME?:

SOMEBODY STOLE MY GAL:

AT THE JAZZ BAND BALL:

A HUNDRED YEARS FROM TODAY:

LOUISIANA:

You can find connections to Bix, Basie and Lester, to Jack Teagarden.  But The EarRegulars are always having a fine time in fresh fields and pastures new.  These players create such casual playful brilliance that they are, singly and collectively, a joy to experience.  In case Dion Tucker is new to you, let this be a proper introduction to another young melodic hero.  And, yes, that is a jazzophone Scott is playing.  Matt Munisteri and Neal Miner lift and anchor us as always, with splendid grace.  Marvel, children!  Tell your friends.

May your happiness increase.

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DON’T FORGET AND DON’T BE LATE: JEFF AND JOEL’S HOUSE PARTY IS COMING (April 20-21, 2013)

Yes, the lyrics above are from OUR MONDAY DATE — and the party I am reminding you about here takes place on a Saturday and Sunday.  But the sentiments are still valid.  There are only a handful of tickets still available for Jeff (Barnhart) and Joel (Schiavone)’s House Party — April 20 / 21, 2013, in Guilford, Connecticut.

Let the jury see the evidence, please.  Here’s Exhibit A, thanks to some fine musicians and Eric Devine, roving cinematographer:

And Exhibit B:

My people have an expression — haimisch — which means something like “so comfortable that you instantly make yourself at home.”  That’s the J&J HP in one word.  Don’t forget and don’t be late!  For details, click here.

And a postscript.  When writing a reminder such as this, I am always somewhat at a loss about how to urge people to do something.  I was never a copywriter, so to say that the April 2013 Party is NEW and IMPROVED is silly; it didn’t need fixing.  Wielding jazz guilt (in my most somber voice): “If you don’t support jazz enterprises like this one, they won’t continue,” is tempting but no one wants to feel that (s)he is responsible for keeping hot jazz afloat.  So all I will say is simply this, “I went there and had a wonderful time.  Give yourself the present of this experience.  If not now, when?”

And, yes, an alternate title for this post could have been RASHI IN DIXIELAND, but I opted for something slightly less obscure.

I hope to see you in Guilford!  It isn’t exactly Fifty-Second Street, the fabled Three Deuces, the Reno Club, or Mahogany Hall, but the music emanating from that beautiful farmhouse is just as life-enhancing.

May your happiness increase.