I’m going to be in New Orleans on the night of September 25, otherwise I’d be here. And with me absent, there will be one, perhaps two empty seats. Do you need any more inducement?
Oh, yes. It will be a concert — hugely informal, of course — by Marty Grosz, guitar / vocals / badinage / vaudeville; Danny Tobias, cornet; Dan Block, reeds, Brian Nalepka, string bass. “Four of the best,” as they used to say in English boarding schools. The host will be Philadelphia guitarist Barry Waharhaftig, leader of the Hot Club of Philadelphia.
Here’s three of the four heroes, with a typical Grosz free-association interlude, from 2013. It was terribly dark at the Mermaid Inn, but we could still hear Marty, Danny, Dan, and Ed Wise, string bass:
I would point out, most gently, that Marty is now 86. (And I don’t mean “86” in the bartending sense, but his chronological age.) So the race is to those who do not delay.
Marty and his friends will be appearing on Sunday, September 25, from 8-10:30 PM. The jollities will take place at the Venetian Club Ballroom, 8030 Germantown Avenue, in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, under the swinging aegis of Barry Waharhaftig and the Hot Club of Philadelphis. Tickets are $20, with 5% going to the Weavers Way Food Co-op “Food Moxie” Program.
For tickets, visit http://MartyGrosz-Quartet.BPT.me. For further information, contact Barry Wahrhaftig at 215-380-2588 or HotClubPhilly@gmail.com.
May your happiness increase!