This was such a delightful session that I have been posting one or two songs from it at widely spaced intervals, because I know we will come to the end of the musical largesse. But don’t despair: we can revisit these glorious performances, and — even better — the 2016 Cleveland Classic Jazz Party will offer even more joy. I guarantee it.
Here’s what happened already, for those of you who arrived just now. And some more delight — a memorable song of rueful farewell which I (and most people) know from Louis’ poignant yet swinging Victor recording. Becky and the band do the song, Fats, and Louis justice. I would urge all singers to study her wondrous mixture of tenderness, wit, and swing. And that band! Words — for once — fail me:
Oh, how sweet. A song for lovers who cannot bear to part.
May your happiness increase!