You don’t need a large group of people to create something beautiful. And you don’t need the most comfortable settings — even a large sign advertising GOURMET BURGERS and COMFORT SALADS is no distraction for heartfelt artists who know and embody lovely truths.
And so it was once again shown — gorgeously — on the first night of the 2015 Mike Durham Classic Jazz Party (November 5) after the rehearsals had concluded and a small group of the devout gathered in the Victory Pub for fun and hot jazz.
Here, three masters of hot combined to produce music at the highest level: Torstein Kubban, cornet; Jacob Ullberger, banjo; Frans Sjostrom, bass saxophone. Their text for this mellow sermon is the old song IN THE SHADE OF THE OLD APPLE TREE — a song so well-known that I recall two parody versions (one ethnic-vaudeville, one lewd) and I am sure there are more . . . as well as Ellington’s and the sacred collaboration of Louis Armstrong and the Mills Brothers.
But rather than studying the past, I invite you to delight in the glories of the present — a performance where one can admire the individual voices and then marvel at what they combine to create:
Who knew that lovely fruit could grow in darkness? These three artists did and do. And more marvels like this will take place at the 2016 Party in November.
Thanks to the Library of Congress “National Jukebox,” here is Billy Murray’s 1905 parody version of the song, depicting death and violence in the orchard. “Don’t try this at home!” rings especially true.
May your happiness increase!