I could have called this post WHY I WENT TO SAN DIEGO, but the music — not my travel itinerary — is the real subject. For me, “San Diego” is not the city, but the Jazz Fest there, which unrolled happily during Thanksgiving weekend of this year, a true cornucopia of delights.
One such delight was a trio performance by Ray Skjelbred, piano; Marc Caparone, cornet; John Otto, reeds — and this little gem, their cheerfully swinging exploration of the Fields and McHugh delight made famous by Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, DOIN’ THE NEW LOW-DOWN:
“That dancing feeling / Has my feet in a trance,” state the lyrics by Dorothy Fields. How true, when this trio is around — a sweet compact lesson in ensemble intelligence, generosity, and swing. Happily, there’s more from this session to share with you.
May your happiness increase!