The music that Mark Shane (piano) and Terry Blaine create for us is lilting, heartfelt, energized, subtly memorable.
Here are six more beautiful examples from their May 8 concert at the Croton Free Library, starting with Mark’s solo outing on a romping James P. Johnson piece, JINGLES:
Terry comes back for the plaintive request (thanks to Ethel Waters and Pearl Wright) I WANT MY SWEET DADDY NOW:
And a more stern Bessie Smith admonition, LOCK AND KEY:
This version of MY BLUE HEAVEN is one of the most irresistible I know. After a tender rubato verse, I could swear Count Basie was the man behind the curtain:
For Louis, Hoagy, Mercer, and a horse, JEEPERS CREEPERS:
And a sweet bit of good advice, WRAP YOUR TROUBLES IN DREAMS:
Terry and Mark are hopeful beams in the night sky. Here and here are more gems from that enchanted evening. Why don’t these two have their own radio / television show or concert series? It’s a mystery to me.
May your happiness increase!