When I visited New Orleans last month for the Steamboat Stomp, Alex and I got together for pleasant conversation and dinner. And when I heard he would be playing with John and string bassist / vocalist Mark Brooks as “Joe Simon’s Jazz Trio” for Sunday brunch at Muriel’s Jackson Square , my camera, tripod, and I took over a table for four and had a good time. The food was both elaborate and pleasing; the service even more so (thanks to Patrick and David L.) but the music was the truly satisfying main dish: lyrical, hot but gentle, entertaining without pandering.
Now, you may see and hear for yourself. JAZZ LIVES can’t provide shrimp and grits or a salad of fresh greens and fruit, and you’ll have to pour your own coffee. But I’ll wait while you prepare yourself for the musical delights offered by Alex, John, and Mark: gently swinging and never hackneyed.
Usually I’LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS is a closing number, but it works very well as a welcome to the gig:
I need Fats in my diet:
A good old good one from Mark:
Venerable and hot, courtesy of the ODJB, Condon, and many more:
A memorable 1920 pop tune:
You’ll miss me, honey!
We never get tired of marveling at Irving Berlin’s genius:
A request, handled with style:
Another paean in praise of the state:
And, as a closer to the second set, ‘WAY DOWN YONDER IN NEW ORLEANS:
What lovely sounds.
May your happiness increase!