BEAUTIFUL DANCE MUSIC: HENDERSONIA at the WHITLEY BAY CLASSIC JAZZ PARTY

Here is one of the high points of a wonderful tribute to Fletcher Henderson’s “Connie’s Inn Orchestra,” led by Claus Jacobi, saxophone, with Rico Tomasso, Duke Heitger, Menno Daams, trumpet / cornet; Kristoffer Kompen, Graham Hughes, trombone; Matthias Seuffert, Jean-Francois Bonnel, Claus Jacobi, reeds; Keith Nichols, piano; Jacob Ullberger, banjo / guitar; Malcolm Sked, bass; Richard Pite, drums. Recorded on November 8, 2014, at the Whitley Bay Classic Jazz Party:

The song?  STARDUST.  What could be more beautiful? And this performance speaks to a time when rhythmic ballads could be both hot and tender, when improvisation could also be romantic dance music, when African-American bands could venture into Caucasian pop music . . . and play it beautifully. And the quietly eloquent shadow of Bix is evident throughout. (Would this performance also be possible without the genial angelic guidance of Louis?  I think not.) A profound gentle lyricism in dance tempo — a great achievement then and now (with heroic subtle playing from Mister Daams and the band as a whole).

Oh, memory.  Oh, memory.

May your happiness increase!

4 responses to “BEAUTIFUL DANCE MUSIC: HENDERSONIA at the WHITLEY BAY CLASSIC JAZZ PARTY

  1. Bless you for broadcasting such beautiful music, dear Michael. Although the whole band sounds wonderful, Mr Daam’s playing almost moves me to tears – but I shall beg a dance instead…
    Season’s greetings, grateful thanks, and much love from
    Other Michael..

  2. The same emotions are winging your way, dear friend.

  3. Thank you, thank you, thank you, what a great present to get to end the year! There is always the expectancy of something memorable when Menno Daams plays so the hairs on the back of my neck begin to tingle. The best part is that WE WERE THERE!

  4. Yes! I urge everyone who was / wasn’t THERE to turn up the volume, close their eyes, and immerse themselves in the sounds.

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