I will say only that this is the band I flew to Colorado to hear and video-record in July 2014 at the Evergreen Jazz Festival. James Dapogny’s Chicago Jazz Band. Accept no substitutes. Dogs bark for it. Ask for it wherever better bands are booked.
The players? James Dapogny, piano, arrangements, leader; Jon-Erik Kellso, trumpet; Christopher Smith, trombone; Kim Cusack, clarinet, alto saxophone; Russ Whitman, tenor and baritone saxophones; Dean Ross, string bass; Rod McDonald, guitar; Pete Siers, drums.
One of the nicer aspects of the EJF was the different venues at which bands could perform — outside (alas, in the rain), in a ballroom, in a wooden lodge, and in the most delightful small church.
Here is the first half of a superb set by a superb band, all arrangements by the Professor (that’s James Dapogny).
STRIKE UP THE BAND (with the verse!):
TOOT-TOOT, DIXIE BOUND:
HOW JAZZ WAS BORN (take a lesson from Fats):
IT WAS A SAD NIGHT IN HARLEM (homage to Helmy Kresa, Duke Ellington, and Barney Bigard):
This band is so special: a wondrous mix of loose-limbed ecstatic soloing, tight ensemble playing, gorgeous arrangements full of surprises. Why they aren’t asked to every festival is beyond me, but I also wonder why PBS hasn’t picked them up, why Marvel Comics is proving so recalcitrant. . . you get the idea. More to come.
May your happiness increase!