Here is the first part of a delightful Saturday afternoon of music performed at Fraunces Tavern by the Garden Party Quartet: this version being Rob Adkins, string bass; Chris Flory, guitar; Evan Arntzen, clarinet, alto saxophone, vocal; Dan Block, clarinet, tenor saxophone, on May 7, 2016. Four more delicious performances follow below.
People who fear jazz — it makes them skittish — often say that they can’t recognize the melody. For them (and for us) here are four standards, played and sung with loving swinging reverence by this melodic quartet. You’ll hear the work of Hoagy Carmichael, Sidney Arodin; Alex Hill, Bob Williams, Claude Hopkins; Cole Porter; Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler. And I daresay that the composers and lyricists would be pleased with the results. You decide.
YOU DO SOMETHING TO ME:
I WOULD DO ANYTHING FOR YOU:
I’VE GOT THE WORLD ON A STRING:
Yes. The real thing. The good stuff. Out there in public, too.
May your happiness increase!