WHEN SPRING STREET IS SWING STREET: JON-ERIK KELLSO, MARK LOPEMAN, JOE COHN, TAL RONEN, BJÖRN INGELSTAM (SEPT. 1, 2013)

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!

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2 responses to “WHEN SPRING STREET IS SWING STREET: JON-ERIK KELLSO, MARK LOPEMAN, JOE COHN, TAL RONEN, BJÖRN INGELSTAM (SEPT. 1, 2013)

  1. Love this post– Bjorn is the son of trombone player Hans of the Jazzin’ Jacks, one of my favorite bands and a band that I have followed since 1984- now disbanded but still some of my favorite people. Bjorn came to the Sacramento Jubilee and played a few sets with his dad when he was about 12 or 13— you could tell he had the passion and the promise even then. I have been trying to keep track of his busy schedule and phenomenal growth since then. He is not alone in the children following in their father’s musical footsteps, trumpeter Jack’s daughter Anna Pauline has been touring with an Andrews-Boswell style singing group, and did a solo tour in New York last year…. It is heartwarming to see the young people stepping up!

  2. My family and I had the pleasure of seeing the EarRegulars on this night. It was our first visit to New York City. Not only was it a wonderful sight seeing trip but it allowed us to reconnect with my cousin Mark Lopeman the talented sax/clarinet player on this night. We were joined for dinner and the jam session by his lovely wife and daughters. It was a fantastic evening. Family, good food and great music. For me, the highlight of our trip.

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