Take a contemporary evocation of Eden, add some inspired jazz in front of an enthusiastic, attentive audience . . . and you have the 2014 Stride Summit at Jazz at Filoli, featuring Mike Lipskin and Dick Hyman, guitarist Paul Mehling, and a few other like-minded friends. Here are a few more highlights from that wonderful afternoon, where the swinging music honors the present artists’ originality while casting affectionate glances back to Fats Waller, Art Tatum, Al Casey, and Django Reinhardt.
HANDFUL OF KEYS (Mike and Dick):
COULD IT BE YOU’RE FALLING IN LOVE? (Mike and Paul):
WILLOW WEEP FOR ME (Dick):
JUST YOU, JUST ME (Mike and Dick):
AFRICAN RIPPLES (Mike):
Thanks to the inspired gentlemen of the ensemble for such glowing pastoral music, and special thanks to Merrilee Trost for making Jazz at Filoli a happy, memorable gathering year after year.
May your happiness increase!