It took a great deal of energy to make the long journey from the JAZZ LIVES headquarters in suburban New York, to The Mermaid Inn in Chestnut Hill in Philadelphia — cars and bridges and tolls and service areas and heated dialogues with my aging GPS and the kindness of friends. But it was worth it. The result of the trek was another opportunity to see Martin Oliver Grosz, the Trolloope of Tempo, and his lyrical, imaginative friends Danny Tobias, cornet; Ed Wise, string bass; Dan Block, clarinet and alto saxophone. Here’s a sample.
(The discerning cinematographers in the JAZZ LIVES audience may note that my musical heroes are an unusual shade of orange. The Mermaid Inn was a cozy, friendly place lit in deep nocturnal hues. What you see is the brightest image I could produce without added intrusive lighting.)
I’M CRAZY ‘BOUT MY BABY:
BEALE STREET BLUES:
Worth a trip from anywhere! The only lapse I must note is that usually Marty invents imaginative names for his bands — the Orphan Newsboys, Destiny’s Tots, the Paswonky Serenaders. No Homeric epithets, no Raymond Chandler monickers this time. Marty Grosz and his Able Seamen? His Swinging Mermen? You’re on your own.
May your happiness increase!