“I KEEP CHEERFUL ON AN EARFUL / OF MUSIC SWEET”: RAY SKJELBRED, MARC CAPARONE, BEAU SAMPLE, HAL SMITH at the SAN DIEGO JAZZ FEST (November 28, 2014)

Better than anything you could buy in a chain drugstore or any prescription pharmaceutical, this will keep the gloomies at bay.  Unlike those little pink or blue pills, it lasts longer than four hours and there are no cases recorded of drastic side effects.

One of the highlights of 2014, of this century, of my adult life — let’s not let understatement get in the way of the truth! — was a quartet set at the 2014 San Diego Jazz Fest featuring Ray Skjelbred, piano; Marc Caparone, cornet; Beau Sample, string bass; Hal Smith, drums.  I’ve been sharing it one or two performances at a time on JAZZ LIVES in the same way you never want a delicious experience to end.

Here is the quartet’s very groovy, very hot HAPPY FEET (Jack Yellen – Milton Ager, originally from THE KING OF JAZZ):

And since this song “has history,” I offer a few more variations on this terpsichorean theme.

Leo Reisman with Bubber Miley, 1930, at a truly groovy tempo:

Noble Sissle, also in 1930, with the only film I know of Tommy Ladnier:

Frank Trumbauer and Smith Ballew:

and the irresistible 1933 version by the Fletcher Henderson’s band, with specialists Dr. Horace Henderson, Dr. Henry Allen, Dr. Dicky Wells, and Dr. Coleman Hawkins called in:

There’s also a life-altering live performance with Hot Lips Page and Sidney Catlett from the Eddie Condon Floor Show, but you’ll have to imagine it for now.

I hope you’re feeling better, and that your feet and all points north are happier.

May your happiness increase!

4 responses to ““I KEEP CHEERFUL ON AN EARFUL / OF MUSIC SWEET”: RAY SKJELBRED, MARC CAPARONE, BEAU SAMPLE, HAL SMITH at the SAN DIEGO JAZZ FEST (November 28, 2014)

  1. Michael:

    Sidney Catlett used to dance around his drum set. I saw it once, and have never forgotten.

    When you come on by to interview me, allow time for a leisurely lunch and chat. I have an excellent Italian restaurant nearby. I look forward to this meetingŠand continue every day to appreciate your columns.

    Irv Kratka ikratka@mmogroup.com 914 592 1188 office 914 762 7176 home

  2. What a great post! I really enjoyed this….i need to know more about The Noble Sissle band. Thanks, as always.

  3. Don "Zoot" Conner

    I really enjoyed all of these posts,Michael. and my ears and heart are extremely cheerful.I have this tune by Crosby,The Rhythm Boys and,of course,The so-called King,Paul Whiteman.

  4. Happy music, played by my favorite musicians. How could you be down in the dumps when you listen to this music,,Thank you so much NM..Love seeing Hal, Ray. Marc. and Beau playing together again! Sending much love!

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