I thought, “What could I give the JAZZ LIVES audience for Christmas 2014?”
I am not in the habit of giving holiday presents, but I thought this would do the trick: a wonderfully sustained six-minute exploration of the 1928 classic TWO DEUCES (summoning up Louis Armstrong and Earl Hines in their youth) by some of Gabriel’s boys: Enrico Tomasso and Bent Persson, trumpets; Jean-Francois Bonnel, Mauro Porro (grinning), Claus Jacobi, reeds; Alistair Allan, trombone; David Boeddinghaus (brilliantly Hinesian), piano; Martin Wheatley, banjo / guitar; Henri Lemaire, string bass; Nick Ball, drums. Recorded on November 9, 2014, at the Whitley Bay Classic Jazz Party:
This music embodies joy for all. It won’t be stale on December 26. And if you would allow me to send the Official JAZZ LIVES Holiday Message, it would be just six words and a few punctuation marks:
May your happiness increase!