The inspiration for my title comes from a brief, warm conversation I had with the wonderful clarinetist (also photographer / writer) Bill Carter after this musical evening had concluded. He smiled at me and said, “Did you get any ones worth posting?” I grinned back and said, “Only sixteen,” which was a shared joke because the band had played just that number of songs.
I ordinarily post the results of an evening’s musical merriment in shifts, considering that few people have the time or space to watch more than a few videos at one sitting. But this band was so fine and the dancers so receptive that — in the name of Muggsy Spanier’s RCA Victor record, THE GREAT SIXTEEN — I offer the entirety of the music played at the Wednesday Night Hop at the Cheryl Burke Dance Studio in Mountain View, California, on January 8, 2014.
The noble participants were Clint Baker, trumpet / vocal; Bill Carter,clarinet; Jim Klippert, trombone / vocal; Jeff Hamilton, keyboard; Sam Rocha, string bass / vocal; Bill Reinhart, banjo; J Hansen, drums; Jessica King, vocal.
Thanks to Audrey Kanemoto for unwavering moral guidance.
I DON’T WANT TO SET THE WORLD ON FIRE:
BOURBON STREET PARADE:
MAKE ME A PALLET ON THE FLOOR:
WHEN I GROW TOO OLD TO DREAM:
BLACK SNAKE BLUES:
EVERYBODY LOVES MY BABY:
JOE LOUIS STOMP:
DARKNESS ON THE DELTA, sung prettily by Jessica King:
Ms. King stayed on to woo us with EXACTLY LIKE YOU:
SWEET LOTUS BLOSSOM:
WHEN YOU’RE SMILING, explicated by Rev. Klippert:
THE GIRLS GO CRAZY:
I’LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS:
A multi-sensory pleasure . . . even better when experienced first-hand. To find out where more fine music is hopping, click here.
May your happiness increase!