Genius at work. Brilliance at play. Two artists so confident and playful that they inspire each other to take risks, risks that come off. Watching the singer Marianne Solivan and the pianist Michael Kanan in duet is rather like watching great athletes, actors, or dancers — so sure of their immersion in the art that courage and wit come naturally to them.
Here’s the first set of a completely inspiring duo-performance at Smalls (183 West Tenth Street, Greenwich Village, New York City) that I recorded on Sunday, April 21, 2013.
LOVE IS A NECESSARY EVIL:
LOVE WALKED IN:
I’LL FOLLOW YOU / THEN I’LL BE TIRED OF YOU:
I DON’T WANT TO SET THE WORLD ON FIRE:
DAY IN, DAY OUT:
BEAUTIFUL MOONS AGO:
They bring such pleasure — I admire them so.
May your happiness increase!
Posted in "Thanks A Million", Bliss!, Generosities, Ideal Places, Irreplaceable, Jazz Titans, Pay Attention!, Swing You Cats!, That Was Fun!, The Heroes Among Us, The Real Thing, The Things We Love
Tagged Arthur Schwartz, Eddie Durham, Gildo Mahones, great art, Irving Berlin, Jazz Lives, Marianne Solivan, Michael Kanan, Michael Steinman, Smalls
“A one-man rhythm gang” is how clarinetist Frank Chace described the Most Esteemed Martin Oliver Grosz, “Marty” to those on an equivalent social level. I write this not to praise Marty, but to let my readers know that he has two — count ’em, two — gigs in Philadelphia in the very near future. One is this coming Saturday (May 11) with cornet wonder Danny Tobias and fine string bassist Ed Wise — from 7-11 PM at The Saloon Restaurant — (215) 627-1811, 750 S. 7th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147. Then, the next Friday (May 17), Marty and his Fig Pickers — make of that what you will . . . in Marty’s world, its etymological origin comes from a Ben Jonson play — which means Danny, Ed, and perhaps another hero — will appear at The Mermaid Inn from 8 PM to midnight. 7673 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia · (215) 247-9797. I hope to make it to one or both of those gigs . . . if the creeks don’t rise, etc.
Perhaps you have only a dim sense of the Blessed Martin Grosz? Let me refresh your memory with two impromptu videos (sub rosa, with a low-level digital camera) I shot at the 2007 Jazz at Chautauqua party — with Professors Dapogny, Robinson, Block, Giordano:
FROM MONDAY ON:
Marty Grosz knows how to swing. Don’t miss these opportunities to join the oceanic motion.
May your happiness increase.
Posted in "Thanks A Million", Bliss!, Generosities, Hotter Than That, Ideal Places, Irreplaceable, Jazz Titans, Pay Attention!, Swing You Cats!, That Was Fun!, The Heroes Among Us, The Real Thing, The Things We Love
Tagged Dan Block, Danny Tobias, Ed Wise, Frank Chace, James Dapogny, Jazz Lives, Marty Grosz, Michael Steinman, Philadelphia, Scott Robinson, swing, The Mermaid Inn, The Saloon Restaurant