MARTY AT THE MERMAID (Part One): MARTY GROSZ, DANNY TOBIAS, DAN BLOCK, ED WISE (May 17, 2013)

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:

CRAZY RHYTHM:

JUBILEE:

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!

6 responses to “MARTY AT THE MERMAID (Part One): MARTY GROSZ, DANNY TOBIAS, DAN BLOCK, ED WISE (May 17, 2013)

  1. I dare not watch these this late at night or I’ll surely not be able to sleep thinking about music. Mr. Grosz is one of the most inspirational musicians to me. I can’t hear a single chord or phrase of his without dying to touch my horn or Guitar. Thanks so much for sharing these live clips!!!

  2. About ten more performances to come, dear Austin — get some rest and take your vitamins. You’ll need your strength!

  3. Sordoni III, Andrew

    My happiness has indeed increased thanks to this post from JAZZ LIVES. Bravo! Andrew Sordoni

    Sent from my iPad

  4. Sorry to have missed it! [The Mermaid is in North West Philly, BTW, Chestnut Hill]. I play there a lot with the Hot Club Philly. I thought that it would be a good place for Marty to play, so I asked him to do some solo material between sets when we were there. Of course the audience and owner loved him! He played with dispatch and vigor!

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