The Ear Inn is its own shaded little world, but on Sunday nights even more so.
Between eight and eleven PM, all schedules subject to change, the EarRegulars turn 326 Spring Street in Soho into a cozy embodiment (note I didn’t say re-enactment) of Fifty-Second Street. Ordinarily the EarRegulars are led, and courageously so, by Jon-Erik Kellso, but when Jon’s away, the cats still play. On Sunday, February 21, the felines were Danny Tobias, cornet; Evan Arntzen, clarinet / tenor; Chris Flory, guitar; Tal Ronen, string bass. They swung most mellowly.
Because of an idiosyncracy in the lighting, or perhaps an idiosyncracy in the camera (or its owner) I experimented with the videos I’d shot and found they looked much better in atmospheric black and white. I wanted to warn people so that they wouldn’t think they’d wandered into a land where Rod Serling was the tour guide. There is also an incomplete video below . . . for reasons non-musical that I will explain.
That being said . . . .
BABY, WON’T YOU PLEASE COME HOME?:
DOIN’ THE NEW LOWDOWN:
THESE FOOLISH THINGS:
I FOUND A NEW BABY (very mellow, very groovy):
SHINE (here in truncated form, the first three minutes, an aesthetic choice made necessary by three maidens, bearing full glasses, who collided with me and my camera. You can imagine the rest):
ALL MY LIFE:
The building that houses The Ear Inn is a Historic Landmark. Even if it weren’t about to celebrate its 200th anniversary next year, the music and good spirits would make this true.
May your happiness increase!