Daily Archives: July 5, 2013

EMILY LOVES HOAGY and THE RESULT is A CARNIVAL OF JOY!

Miss Asher and Friends have been out gardening.  Not planting tomatoes or begonias — but they’ve nurtured a fine blossoming crop of organic swing for us.

I’ll let the cheerful, swinging video speak for itself:

My sources tell me that this expertly exuberant band has also created / cut? / waxed? a six-song Carmichael CD, which I am eagerly anticipating!  From the sounds here, they aren’t SMALL FRY or LAZY BONES or SLEEPY PEOPLE. No, I predict a JUBILEE from start to finish.

May your happiness increase!

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DAY INTO NIGHT, WITH SWEET SWING: TAMAR KORN, GORDON AU, DENNIS LICHTMAN, JARED ENGEL, JIMMY SPERO (Part One): SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA / June 6, 2013

George Esposito (georgeespo@abcglobal.net) — who’s been well-known on KXJZ Sacramento public radio as a jazz host — has been staging his own lovely outdoor concerts for a long time: this is the ninth year of his Midweek Sunset Jazz Series.  I print his email above so that you can get on his list if you are driving distance from Sacramento, California in the summer.

On June 6, 2013, I was able to observe, applaud, and capture a singular concert in George’s spacious backyard.

The combination of music and scenery was nearly intoxicating.  Jazz is so often presented in dark rooms to the accompaniment of talk, eating, and drinking. Here, we had delicious music presented against the changing canvas of the sky, as afternoon shaded into night.  And the music — as always, it mixed sweetness, inventiveness, and surprise beautifully.

The proponents: Tamar Korn, song; Gordon Au, trumpet / composition / arrangement; Dennis Lichtman, clarinet; Jared Engel, string bass; Jimmy Spero, guitar.  All of this took place in George’s backyard on June 6, 2013. These creative musicians offered fifteen performances: here are the first five of the evening, a mixture of classics and originals, all voiced splendidly.

WHEN I TAKE MY SUGAR TO TEA:

Gordon’s original, CHICAGO COUNTDOWN:

IT’S A SIN TO TELL A LIE:

SUGAR BLUES:

CRAZY EYES:

More to come, although (alas) they didn’t do BACK IN YOUR OWN BACKYARD or AT SUNDOWN.  Perhaps too obvious?  Next time.

May your happiness increase!