JAZZ LIVES is very fortunate to have Laura Beth Wyman as head of its Michigan Division. An acclaimed musician, Laura recently added the video camera to her gig bag (which usually carries flute and piccolo) and we are the happy recipients of her latest work, recorded on January 10, 2015, at the Kerrytown Concert House in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The James Dapogny Quartet was, for this occasion, Professor Dapogny on piano, arrangements, and spiritual leadership; Mike Karoub, cello; Rod McDonald, guitar; Kurt Krahnke, string bass. Here are two transcendent performances from that evening: beautiful and stirring music.
Here is a performance of MY DADDY ROCKS ME that reminds me of a 1939 Basie small group. Is there higher praise?
On RUSSIAN LULLABY, the Quartet becomes a Quintet (all things are possible), with the rewarding addition of violinist Priscilla Johnson:
So, although I am now ensconced in chilly in New York, and I don’t have the energy to fly back and forth to Ann Arbor, Michigan, I can enjoy the best seat in the house, thanks to Laura. You come, too.
Is there a Jazz Angel in the house who will underwrite a DVD of Dapogny With Strings? I’d buy multiple copies.
May your happiness increase!