“IT’S SO EASY WHEN YOU KNOW HOW”

My title comes from a story Joe Bushkin told about being on the bill in 1940 with Fats Waller at the Panther Room of the Hotel Sherman in Chicago.  Bushkin was then appearing as part of Muggsy Spanier’s band.  He remembered that Fats would “get off a perfectly beautiful run,” look at him, grin, and say, “It’s so easy when you know how!”

I thought of this comment while watching new videos of Paul Klinger’s Easy Street Jazz Band — videos so generously created by my dear friend and videographer Laura Beth Wyman.  The ESJB (for this June 9 gig) featured the delightful singer Kerry Price, Paul Klinger, cornet and soprano saxophone; Mike Jones, clarinet; Terry Kimura, trombone;  James Dapogny, piano; Paul Keller, string bass; Rod McDonald, guitar; Pete Siers, drums.  All of this goodness took place at Ann Arbor, Michigan’s  Zal Gaz Grotto.

JELLY ROLL (with the verse, which was a delight, new to me):

SENTIMENTAL GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, a Dapogny arrangement:

BABY DOLL:

YOU’VE GOT TO SEE MAMMA EVERY NIGHT:

CAUTION BLUES:

Yes, they do know how.

May your happiness increase!

3 responses to ““IT’S SO EASY WHEN YOU KNOW HOW”

  1. Nancie Beaven

    So great to see Laura’s videos…she was taught by the Master, and learned her lesson well!

  2. NNiles@aol.com

    Two in one day…Joe Bushkin was a good friend and camp mate at the Bohemian Grove. and this is one of my favorite stories…and it applies to so many things. Joe was probably the best story teller I have know….he was kind of a stream of consciousness of the jazz ear he was a big part of…. Best nick Nicholas H. Niles Blooming Grove Club 123 Old Field Road Hawley, Pa. 18428 570 775-7138 570 575-2399 ( Cell)

  3. Bob Merrill

    Nick Niles is so right. Bushkin was my father-in-law and I could never get enough of those stories, some were even better the fifth or six time hearing them! Many good time around that campfire, right Nick? Best regards to you and your family.

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