All good things must come to an end, so here (with regrets) are the last five performances from a magical evening of music.
George Esposito (email@example.com) — well-known on KXJZ Sacramento public radio as a jazz host — has been staging lovely outdoor concerts for a long time: this is the ninth year of his Midweek Sunset Jazz Series. Email him to get on his mailing list for future concerts. On June 6, 2013, I and a large crowd enjoyed a singular concert in George’s spacious backyard, where the music was presented against the changing canvas of the sky, as afternoon shaded into night. And the music mixed sweetness, inventiveness, and surprise.
The creators: Tamar Korn, song; Gordon Au, trumpet / composition / arrangement; Dennis Lichtman, clarinet; Jared Engel, string bass; Jimmy Spero, guitar. And, on the final two tunes, the Au Brothers leaped in — Justin, trumpet; Brandon, trombone. The repertoire: three classics; two originals by Gordon (one with lyrics I’d not heard before).
Gordon’s evocation of Louis, Duke, and avian splendor, PAVONIS:
His romantic rhythm ballad, ONCE, DEAR:
And the family of Swing enlarges for OLD FASHIONED LOVE (with a remarkable first chorus):
LET YOURSELF GO:
May your happiness increase!