The jazz musicians I know get a special pleasure from playing for dancers — watching the moving figures both reverberate and reflect the music — and wise swing dancers know there’s a particular delight dancing to a live band instead of an iPod . . .
Clint Baker and his New Orleans Jazz Band proved this one night not long ago at the Wednesday night swing dance session held at Savanna in San Francisco’s Mission District –known as Cat’s Corner.
Clint, cornet and vocal, was joined by Jim Klippert, trombone and vocal; Bill Carter, clarinet; Jeff Hamilton, piano; Bill Reinhart, banjo; Marty Eggers, string bass; Steve Apple, drums. Here’s the first of two sets — suitable for at home swing dancing as well — which draw happily on pop tunes of the remembered past:
THE SECOND LINE:
MY BLUE HEAVEN:
WHEN MY DREAMBOAT COMES HOME:
IT’S ONLY A PAPER MOON:
JOE LOUIS STOMP:
May your happiness increase!