SAY FORWARD, THEY’LL SWING: MORE FROM THE IVORY CLUB BOYS AT ARMANDO’S (MAY 31, 2014): PAUL MEHLING, EVAN PRICE, MARC CAPARONE, SAM ROCHA, ISABELLE FONTAINE at ARMANDO’S

A New York jazz friend just wrote me, “Michael, are there any more videos from that Ivory Club Boys gig you posted from May 2014?  That is such a great band!”

Happy to oblige, dear NYJF, with more from that spectacular evening at Armando’s in Martinez — featuring Paul Mehling, guitar, vocal; Evan Price, electric (and electrifying) violin; Marc Caparone (sitting in for Clint Baker), cornet; Sam Rocha, string bass, vocal; Isabelle Fontaine, guitar, vocal.  They paid tribute, in their own way, to the mighty swing and joyously eccentric humor of Stuff Smith and his Onyx Club Boys.

One kind of crazy?  Yes, a second take of CRAZY RHYTHM:

Something searching and melancholy, I COVER THE WATERFRONT:

And another type of crazy, as in YOU’RE DRIVING ME CRAZY / MOTEN SWING:

And here, for those of you unaware of the ICB, here are the other selections from that night that I’ve posted on JAZZ LIVES:

endless-summer-in-swing

double-your-fun

rhythm-crazy

from-spiritual-to-swing

bugle-call-rag

Forget the morning news for a moment.  It’s a benevolent world that has this music in it.

May your happiness increase!

5 responses to “SAY FORWARD, THEY’LL SWING: MORE FROM THE IVORY CLUB BOYS AT ARMANDO’S (MAY 31, 2014): PAUL MEHLING, EVAN PRICE, MARC CAPARONE, SAM ROCHA, ISABELLE FONTAINE at ARMANDO’S

  1. Don "Zoot" Conner

    I liked this group the first time around, I love them this second time. Nice to hear Johnny Green’s lovely “I cover the waterfront.” again. Of course the song belongs to Billie,but it’s nice to see it covered by fine group, Michael.
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  2. You know, of course, Zoot, that WATERFRONT was done by Louis in 1933-4, well before Billie.

  3. Hello squire,

    I was riffling through a bunch of giveaway records just now and came across Lionel Hampton and his Big Orghestra, from 1962. Would that appeal to you?

    Enjoy,

    Anila

  4. Dear Anila,

    Powerfully sweet of you to make the offer, but I will pass on that particular disc. But the offer is one of great kindness — entirely typical! Squirishly yours, Michael

  5. Don "Zoot" Conner

    Yes ,of course I know that Louis recorded it. In fact, I have it in my library.However,I’ stand by my original proclamation that it belongs to Billie,
    so there, put in your pipe and smoke it.I swear that there’s no ganga in it.

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