Billiards, ping pong, and Terry Waldo’s Gotham City Band — on appropriate Sunday afternoons at Fat Cat. On March 13, 2016, the downstairs revelers were Terry, piano; Jon-Erik Kellso, trumpet; Jim Fryer, trombone; Evan Arntzen, clarinet / soprano; John Gill, banjo; Brian Nalepka, string bass; Daniel Glass, drums, with a guest appearance by Eldar Tsalikov on the final three performances. I posted the first half of this delightful session here.
Here are some highlights from the latter half of this hot session.
A song I associate with that hilly city: setting the cordial barroom atmosphere firmly in place, SAN FRANCISCO BAY BLUES. Terry’s vocal is confidential, but that’s part of the theatre — one doesn’t shout one’s heartbreak across the room:
Something for Bix, RHYTHM KING, with an appearance by Doctor Kellso and his patented glass medical appliance (it saves lives):
EVERYBODY LOVES MY BABY (vocal by Terry):
Hot from the oven, I AIN’T GONNA GIVE NOBODY NONE OF MY JELLY ROLL, sung with serious charm by Evan (and hear the delightful alto sax of sitter-in Eldar Tsalikov). Magnificent playing on this one — the power of sugar and white flour, no doubt:
BEALE STREET BLUES, with Jim telling the story, vocally and instrumentally:
RUNNIN’ WILD (with choreography, too!):
For more of the same, be sure to check the schedule at Fat Cat — where there’s interesting jazz seven afternoons and evenings a week (and admission is unbelievably inexpensive): that’s 75 Christopher Street, right off Seventh Avenue South, and very close to the subway.
May your happiness increase!