On August 18, 2016, Sarah Spencer — the UK-born phenomenon on saxophones and vocal — led a quartet that created romping New Orleans jazz. This took place at the happily named Sarah’s Wine Bar in Ridgefield, Connecticut, where a Jazz Masters Series takes place on the last Sunday of each month. Sarah’s colleagues are banjoist /singer Jimmy Mazzy, pianist Bill Sinclair, bassist / tubaist Art Hovey.
Here is Part One, and here are two special features by the lyric troubadour and entertainer Jimmy Mazzy from that same evening.
And here are some more delights.
SMILE, DARN YA, SMILE:
A cautionary sermon on the virtues of taciturnity, Morton’s BIG LIP BLUES (which starts out with an unintentional reference to A. A. Milne):
And the closing numbers with special significance for Sarah and all of us, I’M WITH YOU WHERE YOU ARE:
GOIN’ HOME / TILL WE MEET AGAIN:
Sarah, as she points out, will be returning home to the UK on January 3, 2017 — although she promises to visit us again for gigs in the autumn. Wherever she goes, she will spread joy, as she has here.
May your happiness increase!