HAL SMITH HONORS “MISTER CHACE”

The splendid jazz drummer and jazz scholar Hal Smith and I share certain serious devotions.  One is to the pianist Frank Melrose and his daughter Ida; another is to the clarinetist and brave explorer Frank Chace.

Hal has emerged with yet a third talent to share (generously) with us: he has created a beautiful and lively video tribute to Mister Chace, with a glorious soundtrack of SORRY — played by Marty Grosz and his Honoris Causa Jazz Band from the Riverside recording called HOORAY FOR BIX — as well as a panorama of rare, never-before-seen, highly evocative photographs that open the door to understanding Frank Chace a little wider.

Thank you, Hal!  Frank would be amused, perplexed, and I think pleased by your creative act of love.  Ultimately, he would be delighted that someone who understood the music so well — and played it with equal grace — had taken the time to honor him:

Hal and Frank can be heard together on two rewarding and illuminating CD sets on the Jazzology label — one with Butch Thompson, John Otto, and Charlie DeVore; the other with Tom Pletcher and Tom Bartlett, among others.  Winning music indeed.

May your happiness increase!

3 responses to “HAL SMITH HONORS “MISTER CHACE”

  1. Don "Zoot" Conner

    Nice video! I have the Marty Grosz side along with several others. I was turned onto him by a local disc jockey a long time ago. Great artist and very funny is Mr. Grosz , as well.

  2. Thank you, Brother Michael! That was my first video effort. The Omer Simeon video was easier to do, and now I have several more in mind for the near future!

  3. Really nice! Top shelf experience …. music and the video. Thanks!

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