The block between Fifth and Sixth Avenues on Fifty-Second Street is “Swing Street” in name only: it’s been many decades since it was lined with small clubs featuring hot jazz.
But Spring Street can claim the name on Sunday nights — at least in one reassuring spot, The Ear Inn, 326 Spring Street, where the EarRegulars play between 8-11 PM: inspiring music in memorable surroundings.
The EarRegulars, as assembled on Sunday, September 1, 2013, were a noble crew: Jon-Erik Kellso, trumpet; Mark Lopeman, tenor, soprano sax, clarinet; Joe Cohn, guitar; Tal Ronen, string bass. And the first appearance by Scandinavian trumpeter — now a New York resident — Björn Ingelstam on the closing song of this series.
Romberg in swing! LOVER, COME BACK TO ME:
MAKIN’ WHOOPEE, fine material for a groovy improvisation:
For Hawkins, perhaps? THE MAN I LOVE:
For Louis, Roy, Mildred, and of course Hoagy, ROCKIN’ CHAIR:
WASHINGTON AND LEE SWING (the fight song of Jon-Erik’s high school):
PLEASE DON’T TALK ABOUT ME WHEN I’M GONE:
May your happiness increase!