Barbara Dane turned 87 in May, but her heart, her voice, and her energy are still very powerful. She brought her many selves to San Mateo last Sunday for a set during Bay Area jazz radio station KCSM‘s JAZZ ON THE HILL.
Here are some of the highlights of that performance, where Barbara is supported by Clint Baker, trombone and guitar; Marc Caparone, cornet; Richard Hadlock, soprano saxophone; Tammy Hall, piano; India Cooke, violin (apologies to India for not including her in most visual shots; Dean Reilly, string bass; Bill Maginnis, drums.
If you are unfamiliar with Barbara — someone who looks deep into the darkness and comes out with beautiful music —here is a good place to begin.
But her music speaks much louder than any words.
Barbara’s own THANK YOU, KCSM!:
A new version of Ma Rainey’s YONDER COMES THE BLUES:
Memphis Minnie’s I’M SELLIN’ MY PORK CHOPS:
SUMMERTIME (featuring Richard Hadlock paying tribute to Sidney Bechet, his teacher):
UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION BLUES:
WHAT YOU GONNA DO WHEN THERE AIN’T NO JAZZ?:
As long as Barbara Dane and her friends are on the planet, the question posed by that last song is nothing we have to worry about.
Thanks to Alisa Clancy and all the heartfelt people at jazz radio KCSM for making this free event a glorious gift to the community — not only the people in their seats, but listeners all over the world. You can hear their music broadcast live right now by clicking on the link above. We are grateful they are here.
May your happiness increase!