For a New Yorker in California, it’s always seemed like a long trip from Novato, through San Francisco, down to Menlo Park to enjoy the Friday-night jamborees that Clint Baker has put on for many years, with his “Cafe Borrone All-Stars.”
But I’ve had a conversion experience because of the delicious hot music I saw and heard a few nights ago, on April 4, 2014. And you can share the experience, too.
Clint played banjo and guitar and sang, leaving the front-line responsibilities to men stout-hearted and true: Jim Klippert, trombone, Bill Carter, clarinet; Robert Young, cornet and vocal. The rhythm section was completed by Bill Reinhart, string bass, and thirteen=year old Riley Baker, drums, who knows how to roll and swing and how to stay out of the way for the collective pleasure of the band.
Here are six delights from the first set.
ALEXANDER’S RAGTIME BAND:
WHEN ERASTUS PLAYS HIS OLD KAZOO:
PUT ON YOUR OLD GREY BONNET:
IT’S TIGHT LIKE THAT:
Clint will be back at Cafe Borrone in April and May — and he has many other gigs. You can check here for details of his future escapades in the name of swing.
May your happiness increase!