ROCK IT FOR US: RAY SKJELBRED, MARC CAPARONE, BEAU SAMPLE, HAL SMITH at the SAN DIEGO JAZZ FEST (Nov. 28, 2014)

No tricks, no gimmicks, no special band shirts — just deeply felt hot music performed by four masters at the 2014 San Diego Jazz Fest (the 35th) on November 28, 2014.  That’s Ray Skjelbred, piano; Marc Caparone, cornet; Beau Sample, string bass; Hal Smith, drums.  Chicago style, if you like.

A rollicking OH, BABY — the exuberant late-Twenties song favored by Condon and others, with the innocent / naughty line, “Wouldn’t it be H – – – if you weren’t there?”:

And then Walter Donaldson’s classic YOU’RE DRIVING ME CRAZY, at a leisurely Jess Stacy tempo, with a wondrous Skjelbred interlude in the middle and Marc reaching for his plunger mute — exceedingly hot:

More to come.  For now, admire, enjoy.

May your happiness increase!

5 responses to “ROCK IT FOR US: RAY SKJELBRED, MARC CAPARONE, BEAU SAMPLE, HAL SMITH at the SAN DIEGO JAZZ FEST (Nov. 28, 2014)

  1. Bill Gallagher

    It’s too bad that everyone didn’t find these two clips under the tree this Christmas. What a treat! Ray has Stacy down cold and Marc is, well, just playing like one of the best there is on cornet.

  2. More presents await those who have been good . . . and everyone else.

  3. Enjoy I did!! Seeing and hearing these fellas play together is such a joy for me..and I imagine it is the same for everyone listening. Great musicians~
    Thank you NM.

  4. DDn "Zoot" Conner

    The Zman digs it as he does most of your tapings,Michael.

  5. Happy to have the Zman on my team!

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