MR. SMITH GOES TO NEW ORLEANS (HAL SMITH, JAMES EVANS, KRIS TOKARSKI at the BOMBAY CLUB, APRIL 11, 2015)

I feel surrounded by friends.  There is the superb drummer Hal Smith (whose mastery of sounds is quite delicious), whom I’ve known for years, pianist Kris Tokarski, whom I hold dear although we’ve not met, reedman / singer James Evans, who is even more un-met but much admired . . . and the nimble new videographer Kelley Rand — who captured this wonderful trio at New Orleans’ Bombay Club on April 11, 2015.

Here are three samples:

MEAN TO ME

LOVE IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER

LESTER LEAPS IN

Kelley’s also captured SUGAR, OLD FASHIONED LOVE, MY SILENT LOVE, JUST YOU, JUST ME, ROSETTA, BODY AND SOUL, and ‘DEED I DO by this trio, as well as wonderful solo performances by Kris. Here’s a tenderly swinging DROP ME OFF IN HARLEM, the title of his CD:

What wonderful music.  Thanks to everyone for spreading the gospel of swinging love.

May your happiness increase!

6 responses to “MR. SMITH GOES TO NEW ORLEANS (HAL SMITH, JAMES EVANS, KRIS TOKARSKI at the BOMBAY CLUB, APRIL 11, 2015)

  1. I knew about this when I was there for the French Quarter Festival but chose to go to Frenchmen Street instead. I’m glad you gave me the opportunity to hear what I missed. Ms. Rand is a wonderful addition to the team. I hope you post her videos of Dick Hyman and Tim Laughlin sometime.

  2. Patti Durham

    Ah, Michael – this is ace!  Sweetly swinging sounds …. from wonderful musicians.  Young James Evans is from the old country, of course – and many years schooled in the old classic/trad uk jazz scene from when he was a wee lad.  It was three or four years I think, when he moved with his family to New Orleans – and he’s probably found his true jazz style there, in the crucible …. he doesn’t even look like Harry Potter anymore!! Love from Geordieland, Patti xx

  3. Lovely stuff: I heard James several times in the UK: so good to know he’s keeping such good company over the pond these days!

  4. He is also deliciously present on two CDs under Steve Pistorius’ name — NEW ORLEANS SHUFFLE and UNDER A CREOLE MOON — where he sings so tenderly and authentically as well as playing beautifully.

  5. Looks like James Evans might be playing a C melody saxophone?

  6. I bow to your expertise! And thank you.

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