When on October 1 I saw on Facebook — my current energetically subjective news source — that the wonderful string bassist Tal Ronen was leading a small group at Fat Cat on Christopher Street in Greenwich Village, I shook off my lassitude and headed there.
I had never heard this combination of heroes before, although I’ve been following three of them for a decade. Along with Tal, there was Jon-Erik Kellso, trumpet; Rossano Sportiello, piano; Kevin Dorn, drums, and for the closing two tunes, Attila Korb, trombone, sitting in on his first New York trip. (I knew Attila well from his work with the Bohem Ragtime Jazz Band, although we’d never met in person.)
This is really Tal’s International Group, its members hailing from Israel, Italy, Hungary, Allen Park (Michigan), and New York City — not that anyone really needs proof that the fine musicians exist all over the world.
The lighting at Fat Cat is properly subdued, as befits a Greenwich Village basement / recreation center, and the youthful crowd behind me was on its own path, but the band was a dream come true.
WHEN YOU’RE SMILING:
SEPTEMBER IN THE RAIN:
OUR / MY / A MONDAY DATE:
BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA:
ROYAL GARDEN BLUES:
THERE’LL BE SOME CHANGES MADE:
After a brief break, the Quartet became a Quintet, thanks to the esteemed Mister Korb:
STRUTTIN’ WITH SOME BARBECUE:
You already know this, but music is one of the surest pathways to joy.
May your happiness increase!