It was just magical: twice during the 2016 Steamboat Stomp, a new favorite CD came to life in front of my eyes. The CD — above — features Kris Tokarski, piano; Andy Schumm, cornet and clarinet; Hal Smith, drums, playing subtly but with tremendous heat. (Not incidentally, the CD is available here, and to me it’s an instant classic.
I stayed in New Orleans an extra night at the end of the wonderful 2016 Steamboat Stomp to catch the “Hot Classicism” trio live at Snug Harbor, and what they have to say is plenty. Here are five performances from that evening, and there will be more.
IDA, SWEET AS APPLE CIDER (of course for Ida Melrose Shoufler):
Could you be Hot Classicism-deficient? Rather than visiting your local network medical professional, I suggest that you can remedy this common ailment by a) watching these videos; b) purchasing the trio’s CD here; c) finding somewhere that they are playing. I know that HOT CLASSICISM will have a set or more at the San Diego Jazz Fest at the end of this month. Come say hello. Let your inner Stomper be joyful.
As Smokey the Bear always says, “Only YOU can prevent starving musicians.”
May your happiness increase!