BLISSFULLY ROCKING THE ROOM at THE 2014 JAZZ BASH BY THE BAY in MONTEREY: RAY SKJELBRED and CARL SONNY LEYLAND (March 9, 2014)

They promised they would do anything for us, and they did.

I had an extraordinarily fine time at the 2014 Jazz Bash by the Bay — the congenial jazz weekend held in Monterey, California that just concluded. Friendship and fine music blossomed in a very comfortably sweet environment.

Today I feel overwhelmed, but in the same way one feels after finishing a wonderful meal: all senses both stimulated and gratified. The good sounds and happiness from this year’s Bash will linger.

Thanks to the kind, generous people I encountered; not all of them singers or players: I celebrate Sue and Betsy and Al and Rebecca and Michele and many gracious folks.

If you were there at the Bash, no matter what bands you were listening to, you know that my enthusiastic words are more than an ad for a product, an inducement to join, to buy. If you weren’t in attendance, you might need some evidence — an initial taste of pleasure and authenticity.

Here is the final performance I caught at the Bash — Sunday afternoon, March 9 — the concluding song of an hour-long set. 

Music for Twin Pianos as Imagined, Created, and Performed by Ray Skjelbred and Carl Sonny Leyland.

Nothing less than remarkable!

The song?  Quite fitting.  Alex Hill’s declaration of love, of fidelity, of devotion — even with the MOST in the title —

I WOULD DO ANYTHING FOR YOU:

I will have much more to say and share about the 2014 Bash in the days to come. For the moment, I invite you to regard this video and share my feelings — delight and awe and delight again.

May your happiness increase!

6 responses to “BLISSFULLY ROCKING THE ROOM at THE 2014 JAZZ BASH BY THE BAY in MONTEREY: RAY SKJELBRED and CARL SONNY LEYLAND (March 9, 2014)

  1. Bill Gallagher

    The music is gratifying but so, too, is their knowledge of the people who came before them and the understanding and depth that it brings to their playing.

  2. Don "Zoot" Conner

    Ive been on a sabattical. Needless to say Carl and Ray are magnificent. Bravo!

  3. i wish there was something like this is the phila. area. there is nothing period. peter

  4. Ida Melrose Shoufler

    Two of the finest!!! They are awesome men as well as musicians. I can’t wait for the next video. Thanks to Ray and Carl for sharing their tremendous talent..And a huge thanks to you, Michael for the video, and blog.

  5. I was wondering what it would look like as I watched you record it but knew you were hearing something rather extraordinary as I was hearing it, too. I knew it would be before I went in the room. They are good friends and hold each other in the highest regard. I hold them both on pedestals. Ray is a close friend. I can listen to his playing for hours on end. His stories are quiet but mind boggling. Jim Goodwin was his best friend. They lived together for awhile. Thanks to Ray, I heard him. It’s a very important memory for me. Thanks for doing this and sharing it so quickly. Cheers!

  6. Pingback: MUSIC FOR TWO PIANOS, AS IMAGINED, CREATED, AND PERFORMED BY RAY SKJELBRED and CARL SONNY LEYLAND, PART TWO (March 9, 2014) | JAZZ LIVES

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