Seriously hot: the Fat Babies take on jazz classics, pop tunes, and obscure delights at the San Diego Jazz Fest (Nov. 28, 2014). They are Beau Sample, string bass; Alex Hall, drums; Paul Asaro, piano, vocals; Jake Sanders, guitar / banjo; Dave Bock, trombone; John Otto, Jonathan Doyle (a guest star from Austin, Texas), reeds; Andy Schumm, cornet, arrangements. They’re a favorite band of mine and they have a loyal following.
A small caveat: You’ll hear some sweetly animated conversation from a few people to my right. I try to regard it as gently surrealistic commentary. I was trained to respect my elders, even when they are oblivious, so JAZZ LIVES listeners bear the burden of my politeness. It’s too late to get annoyed at the audience (very pleasant people). Or me.
Doc Cooke’s HERE COMES THE HOT TAMALE MAN:
Johnny DeDroit’s THE SWING:
From the Perry Bradford and his Jazz Phools book — originally featuring a young Louis Armstrong, LUCY LONG:
Bixiana! OH, BABY, DON’T SAY NO, SAY MAYBE:
More Bixiana! BIG BOY:
Jimmie Noone, Earl Hines, and the mysterious Floyd Mills’ CHICAGO RHYTHM:
A blues made memorable by a Jack Teagarden cornet chorus, IT’S SO GOOD [or, as Michael McQuaid once announced it at Whitley Bay, IT’S NO GOOD]:
A hot Henderson opus, COME ON, BABY!:
A pop tune recorded by Jack Linx and other worthies, OH, ME, OH, MY:
A Twenties pop ballad, SAVE YOUR SORROW:
Jumping forward into wild modernity, Paul pays homage to a delicious Fats Waller record of I’LL DANCE AT YOUR WEDDING:
Tiny Parham’s ROCK BOTTOM (not personally):
THERE’LL BE SOME CHANGES MADE (a little laginappe: a jam session for two reeds — John Otto and Jon Doyle — and the rhythm section):
Good hot sounds. There will be more good music at this year’s San Diego Jazz Fest, which will take place from Nov. 25-29. Details will be available here, and I promise to write more about the Fest as the autumn gets closer.
May your happiness increase!