Here is the second part of a delightful musical evening (and here, for anyone who missed it, is the first).
Love was in the air at the Nine-Twenty Special — at the Russian Center on Sutter Street in San Francisco the night before Valentine’s Day 2014 when Clint Baker and his New Orleans Swing Band (with the wryly independent singer Nicole Frydman) played a swing dance in honor of Cupid. I don’t know actually how many couples went home smitten; how many new alliances were forged across the crowded room. (No one came up to the balcony where I was shooting videos to announce their new happiness.)
I do mean love of melody, of melodic improvisations, of great songs, or bouncing buoyancy. From my second-story perch, I was able to capture the whole band and that sweet rumble you hear is the sound of the dancers moving, their shoes making graceful arcs, their whispered conversations and giggles.
The band was our man Clint, trumpet, clarinet, vocal; Robert Young, saxophone, vocal . . . and a lovely rhythm section of Jeff Hamilton, piano, gloriously; Tom Wilson, string bass; Katie Cavera, guitar; J Hansen, drums; the aforementioned Nicole Frydman, vocal.
Here are the highlights of the second set. Love it? Love it!
MY BLUE HEAVEN:
DIGA DIGA DOO / KRAZY KAPERS:
A meteorological pair by Nicole. First, STORMY WEATHER:
Then everything clears, with BLUE SKIES:
THE GIRLS GO CRAZY:
BUDDY BOLDEN’S BLUES:
SAN FRANCISCO BAY BLUES:
“Had a good time every time I went out.” True indeed, if Clint Baker has a hand in the music. If you missed this Valentine Stomp, Clint will be leading a band for the Wednesday Night Hop in Mountain View, California, on April 2 — from 9:30 to midnight. Hop on!
May your happiness increase!