“Worth a trip from anywhere!” was the tagline of a radio advertisement: I thought of it many times during my recent sojourn to the Chestnut Hill suburb of North West Philadelphia to hear and record Marty Grosz and a congenial group of fellow Swingsters: Dan Block, clarinet / alto saxophone; Danny Tobias, cornet; Ed Wise, string bass; The Great Percusso, whiskbrooms and suitcase. (The identity of “Percusso” is concealed for legal reasons.)
And for those who want to begin mapping their next trip to this cozy version of Swing Street, The Mermaid Inn is at 7673 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia · (215) 247-9797.
Here’s more from the evening of May 17, 2013 — hijinks in swingtime.
WAY DOWN YONDER IN NEW ORLEANS:
A suggestion from Dan Block (creator of the delicious head arrangement) that we hope is financially accurate: WE’RE IN THE MONEY — with a bonus of a singing audience member:
My request, since I so admire Marty as balladeer in a Red McKenzie mode: I CAN’T BELIEVE THAT YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH ME:
For Bing! LOVE IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER:
Mister Waller, I presume? I BELIEVE IN MIRACLES:
ROSE OF THE RIO GRANDE:
ALL MY LIFE:
SWEETHEARTS ON PARADE (add The Great Percusso):
Appropriate for the journey home in the dark: THE WORLD IS WAITING FOR THE SUNRISE:
Thank you all, ladies, gentlemen, and Mermaids alike.
May your happiness increase!