Urged on by a historical impulse I don’t quite understand, I put on the proper clothing and ventured deep into the archives of YouTube to see one or two of my earliest videos of fine jazz I had created.
I came up with this: recorded at Banjo Jim’s (defunct) with a lesser camera (defunct) on November 10, 2008. The band is Kevin Dorn’s Traditional Jazz Collective, whose musicians are not at all defunct: Kevin Dorn, drums; J. Walter Hawkes, trombone and vocal; Michael Hashim, reeds; Charlie Caranicas, cornet; Jesse Gelber, piano. And led by Walter, they remind us that ROSE ROOM was once a swoony lullaby rather than a Forties romp:
Now I have a better camera and a wide-angle lens. No doubt the gentleman sitting right in the middle of my viewfinder will come around on my next video gig, but you get used to him. And Kevin and friends continue to enrich our lives. The video has its cinematic limitations, but its soul is huge. Blessings on all the fellows herein. And Art Hickman too.
May your happiness increase!