The Beloved and I made the scene at Le Colonial (20 Cosmo Place, San Francisco) on July 8 to hear some hot music. As an extra bonus, we saw much expert, energetic dancing.
The music was provided by a compact, inventive band — Le Jazz Hot for four (leader Paul Mehling was stuck in France for a spell): Clint Baker, guitar, trumpet, trombone, clarinet, vocal; Evan Price, violin, guitar; Robert Young, saxophones, vocal; Sam Rocha, string bass. They romped — musicians and dancers in sweet reciprocity! Here are a few songs from the first set.
Incidentally, the Hopperesque lighting of the scene is very unjust to violinist Evan Price, who is seated at one side of the group. But please don’t forget to pay attention to him — his playing, never sticky-sweet, always swinging — is delightful.
Before viewers embark on this jazz voyage, I should note that I was videoing from across the room, and the dancers — properly — were in motion. So the visual aspect of what follows may strike some as more surreal than usual, but I think these videos are lovely in a moving-sculpture way (the famous 1954 short film JAZZ DANCE came to mind).
Someone who is willing to get in the groove with us can delight in the interplay between the expertly moving dancers and the hot band. Viewing this at home, in the right frame of mind, one can sit back and be transported, as we were.
THREE LITTLE WORDS:
WHAT IS THIS THING CALLED LOVE?:
MY BLUE HEAVEN:
What a delicious scene! Every Monday night this happens at Le Colonial, I hear tell — but Clint, Evan, Robert, Sam, and Paul bring the best vibrations with them wherever they play.
May your happiness increase!