This isn’t a recipe post, but who could resist this? (Erin, who dislikes cake, can skip right to the music.)
What follows is absolutely glorious — evoking Louis and Sidney ninety years later, in the Victory Pub, a place I am sure neither of them ever visited. This after-hours session took place on November 5, 2015, as part of the revelry of the Mike Durham Classic Jazz Party.
The people lighting up the darkness are Torstein Kubban, cornet; Thomas Winteler, soprano saxophone; David Boeddinghaus, keyboard; Jacob Ullberger, banjo; Frans Sjostrom, bass saxophone.
CAKE WALKIN’ BABIES FROM HOME:
I know that the original recordings — and the tradition that follows — are somewhat pugnacious, with Bechet and Armstrong each trying to show dominance . . . but this 2015 version evokes the Hot Peaceable Kingdom, with the two lions treating the lambs to Newcastle brown ale after the set. Mixing metaphors wildly, I know, but these wonderful virtuosic players seem more brotherly than combative, united in the great desire to bring light into the darkness.
There’ll be cake.
May your happiness increase!