It’s easy to forget what a remarkable composer Tim Laughlin (clarinetist, bandleader, philosopher) is, because of the floating lyricism he offers other people’s compositions. But here’s one of his own, THE ISLE OF ORLEANS, performed on November 28, 2014, at the San Diego Jazz Fest. The surrounding merrymakers are Hal Smith, drums; Marty Eggers, string bass; Katie Cavera, guitar; Connie Jones, cornet; Doug Finke, trombone. (Pay special attention to the Tim – Hal duet near the end of the performance: SING SING SING meets Second Line):
And a song nearly a hundred years old, but one of Walter Donaldson’s finest, MY BUDDY (from November 29):
This band — this splendid mixture of New Orleans and California, of Teddy Wilson Vocalion and Bob Crosby Decca — seems irreplaceable and wonderful to me, and I hope to hear them again. I have been parceling out the videos from the 2014 San Diego Jazz Fest because each one seems a jewel, a musical benediction.
May your happiness increase!