Even though the event was called DEATH IN THE AFTERNOON — both a tribute to Ernest Hemingway and his habit of “daydrinking,” nobody died. In fact, we were all given new tangible reasons to want to live, and live well at the afternoon event put on by Ward 8 Events at Raoul’s in Greenwich Village on September 10, 2016. It was a divine Prohibition-themed afternoon of delicious things to eat — far better than the best hors d’oeuvres I could imagine — and beautifully-executed cocktails.
And of course there was superb hot music by Gordon Au and his Grand Street Stompers, concentrated into a quartet of Gordon, trumpet, vocal, arrangements, compositions; Matt Koza, reeds; Glenn Crytzer, guitar; Scott Colberg. string bass. This compact hot band began the afternoon with several songs associated with Louis — aesthetic choices I can approve of.
SOMEDAY YOU’LL BE SORRY:
COME BACK, SWEET PAPA:
ONCE IN A WHILE:
CANAL STREET BLUES:
As is usual with Gordon, the repertoire broadened as the afternoon went on: his imagination is spacious. For future: I understand that there is a new GSS CD in the works, featuring — as well as instrumental brilliance, wit, and lyricism — solos and duets from Tamar Korn and Molly Ryan. I’ll let you know more as the curtains slowly are parted. Until then, savor these wonderful performances from a rainy afternoon in September 2016.
And thanks to Fay Leshner of Ward 8 events for making this afternoon dream a reality.
May your happiness increase!