A week ago (that would be February 21) I was ready to have fun at my first-ever San Diego Jazz Party. And I certainly did. The music below will speak — and play and sing — for itself, but the SDJP was a real pleasure . . . comfort all around, the details managed gently and wisely, the musicians smiling. As were we.
Here are a few shining examples of how fine the music was, how comfortable the musicians were . . . couldn’t ask for more!
If you need more words — data, information, facts — here is what I wrote about the party as it was in progress. But I think you’ll want to hear and see some of the joyousness first.
WABASH BLUES (Ed Polcer, cornet; Dan Barrett, trombone; Antti Sarpila, soprano saxophone; Bucky Pizzarelli, guitar; John Cocuzzi, piano; Richard Simon, string bass; Ed Metz, drums):
ROBBINS’ NEST (John Allred, trombone; Harry Allen, tenor saxophone; Chuck Redd, vibes; Jason Wanner, piano; Dave Stone, string bass; Butch Miles, drums):
THE FIVE O’CLOCK WHISTLE (Rebecca Kilgore, vocal; Eddie Erickson, guitar; Dan Barrett, trombone; Rossano Sportiello, piano; Nicki Parrott, string bass; Ed Metz, percussion and miscellaneous instruments):
That, dear friends, is just a sample of how delicious the whole weekend was. And my videos — which I am proud of — can’t convey the whole experience. You’ll just have to be there in 2014.
May your happiness increase!