The expression that comes to mind when I think of or hear this brand-new trio is an old-fashioned one, “Mighty nice.” They are lyrical explorers, delving into old songs as if they were new, and Joanna’s new songs seem like old friends once we’re past the first chorus.
Here are the first four performances from that momentous debut at Sunny’s in far-off Red Hook. Incidentally, Sunny’s is the second home of Miss Ida Blue, much beloved of JAZZ LIVES, and the Joanna Sternberg Trio — these three subtle shape-changers — will be back at Sunny’s on November 3, from 10 PM to 1 AM. I can’t be there, because I’ll be at the Mike Durham Classic Jazz Party, so expect no videos — but it will give you more room to be there and savor the experience in person.
And here are four more beauties: two standards, two originals. Delight in them, please.
The rollicking I GOT MINE by Frank Stokes:
THE TOUCH OF YOUR LIPS:
Joanna’s somber 3 / 4 opus, THE SONG:
HOW ABOUT YOU?
I like this trio a great deal. How about you?
May your happiness increase!