I had my first visit to the very cozy Jazz at Kitano a few weeks ago for a delightful set by singer / pianist / storyteller Daryl Sherman, accompanied by the multi-talented Scott Robinson and the very swinging string bassist Harvie S. Here are some of the auditory delights of the first set. Daryl draws on all kinds of music — familiar to obscure, from show tunes to hot jazz classics, always neatly accompanying herself with great style.
(I must apologize for the slightly muzzy quality of the visual image, which puzzles me. Was Mercury in retrograde; were there sunspots; had my camera gotten into the gin when I’d put it down on the bar for a second? For those who object to such imperfections, please pretend that what follows is divinely-inspired radio.)
Sorcery on the East Side — another way of reconsidering WITCHCRAFT (with a musical explanation of that unusual-looking reed by Magus Robinson):
Without being in the least disloyal to her extraordinary father, trombonist Sammy Sherman, Daryl tells a story of how she might have had a different parent. A delightful visit to the land of WHAT IF:
One of Louis Armstrong’s less-known endearing Socialist specialties, a heartfelt reading of RED CAP (with Scott on the taragota given to him by Louis-alumnus Joe Muranyi):
The very pretty MIDNIGHT SUN:
A song — quite endearing — I’d never heard before — IN APRIL. (The melody is Bill Evans’ FOR NENETTE; the lyrics are by Roger Schore, who was in the audience):
THEM THERE EYES is from 1930 but it never gets old:
Brilliantly at play — puckish and expert all at once.
May your happiness increase!