Daily Archives: February 7, 2014

CHAMBER MUSIC OF THE LAST CENTURY

Just a congenial musical group in the corner of a clarinet player’s apartment, playing a familiar composition from their collective past.

Yes, Mister Goodman, Hampton, Stacy, Krupa, and Braff.  I’d heard an audio tape of this but hadn’t known this video was on YouTube — in color, no less.  Thanks to the inimitable Superheidi for pointing it out.

May your happiness increase!

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TWO HEROES AT THE KEYBOARD. ONE BEAMS. ONE LOOKS STARTLED.

You know these Masters: Count Basie and Joe Sullivan. Time, date, place, and photographer unknown:

I think that Joe’s caught-by-surprise expression might be due to the photographer’s flashbulb going off.  Or, perhaps it was, “Can it be? Can I be sitting at the same keyboard with Basie?”

I wonder if this was New York, 1940-1 (a Village Vanguard jam session or one at Cafe Society?) or — less likely — taken during the 1939 “From Spirituals to Swing” end-of concert frolic on LADY BE GOOD, or a 1941 jam session at Carnegie Hall.

BASIE and SULLIVAN

Whatever and wherever, it’s a tribute to the power of the camera — to capture such moments that would otherwise merely be the stuff of legend.

May your happiness increase!