BOB HAVENS PLAYS VICTOR HERBERT at the ATLANTA JAZZ PARTY (April 26, 2014)

For those who find such facts significant, Bob Havens, trombonist and sometime singer, was born on May 1, 1930. . . . which makes this April 26, 2014 performance even more delightfully amazing.  Talk about being ageless! In this brief but compelling example of Havens playing a few choruses of Victor Herbert’s INDIAN SUMMER at the Atlanta Jazz Party, he shows off all the musical virtues that have made him legendary: his ease of manner while accomplishing virtuosities; his melodic embellishments that ornament rather than obstruct the melody; his rich round tone; his respect for the composer’s intentions; his singularity.

Bob is accompanied here by another octogenarian, going strong, Bucky Pizzarelli, guitar, and a few youngbloods: Rossano Sportiello, piano; Paul Keller, Ed Metz, drums.

INDIAN SUMMER was a beauty to begin with, then embellished by Sidney Bechet, Coleman Hawkins, and others — but Bob’s casual unaffected version, created on the spot, is an endearing masterpiece:

May your happiness increase! 

3 responses to “BOB HAVENS PLAYS VICTOR HERBERT at the ATLANTA JAZZ PARTY (April 26, 2014)

  1. Don "Zoot" Conner

    Bob Havens is a national treasure. And Bucky makes two; I believe Victor would have loved it, as well.

  2. This is absolutely lovely. I also think Bob Havens is a national treasure, as
    well as Bucky Pizzarelli. I adore Rossano Sportiello’s piano magic..Thank you NM

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