The city of Walnut Creek, California, has a rich history built on Native Americans, Mexican land grants, California walnut trees, cattle ranches, and an officially-classified Mediterranean climate. Today, one finds Charles Schwab and Barnes and Noble where walnut trees (left alone) would grow. I looked for gumbo, Creole ladies with flashing eyes, steamboats, and stopped, exhausted. But jazz — New Orleans and its kin — has a home at the Rossmoor Jazz Club, as you can see and hear here.
On May 28, 2014, Clint Baker brought his New Orleans Jazz Band to that comfortable hall. They were Clint, trumpet, vocal; Jim Kilppert, trombone, vocal; Bill Carter, clarinet; Robert Young, piano, vocal; Bill Reinhart, banjo; Marty Eggers, string bass; Jeff Hamilton, drums. Here is the second half of the concert, for your delectation.
THE BUCKET’S GOT A HOLE IN IT:
WHEN MY DREAMBOAT COMES HOME:
THE OLD RUGGED CROSS (featuring Bill Carter):
I WONDER WHERE MY EASY RIDER’S GONE:
BLACK SNAKE BLUES:
I’ll see you at Rossmoor on July 10, 2014, when Ray Skjelbred and his Cubs perform there.
May your happiness increase!