SOLITUDE, THEN RUSHING WATER: TIM LAUGHLIN, CONNIE JONES, DOUG FINKE, CHRIS DAWSON, KATIE CAVERA, MARTY EGGERS, HAL SMITH at the SAN DIEGO JAZZ FEST (November 30, 2014)

I am not a certified Hoarder, although perhaps someone scrupulous would look at the books and music in the room I’m writing this in and say otherwise.  (I like clear paths in and around objects.)  But if I am guilty of Hoarding, it would be of video recordings of performances by the Tim Laughlin – Connie Jones All Stars, such as the two that follow, recorded at the San Diego Jazz Fest in November 2014).  You’ll understand why evidence of this magical orchestra is precious to me in about four bars.  Melodic, gentle, intense, swinging.  Tim, clarinet; Connie, cornet; Doug Finke, trombone; Chris Dawson, piano; Marty Eggers, string bass; Katie Cavera, guitar; Hal Smith, drums.

Irving Berlin’s ALL BY MYSELF:

and the folk-tinged favorite, DOWN BY THE OLD MILL STREAM:

This band won’t come again, but if JAZZ LIVES’ readers want to see and hear more, all that is needed would be to type in “Tim Laughlin” and “Connie Jones” into the magic Search box, and the whole day could be deliciously spent on things more uplifting than the news.  And . . . Tim, pianist David Boeddinghaus, and Hal have recently created the second volume of Tim’s “Trio Collection,” which I am told will soon be available to the eager public, of whom I am one.

May your happiness increase!

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6 responses to “SOLITUDE, THEN RUSHING WATER: TIM LAUGHLIN, CONNIE JONES, DOUG FINKE, CHRIS DAWSON, KATIE CAVERA, MARTY EGGERS, HAL SMITH at the SAN DIEGO JAZZ FEST (November 30, 2014)

  1. Don "Zoot" Conner

    Nice band although I understand Connie Jones has retired for health reasons,You’re correct about the news,which largely consists of the antics of Trump and his latest collection of lies and B.S.

  2. Zoot is correct. Connie retired spring 2016. Michael’s documentary efforts allow us to enjoy Connie’s playing for years to come.

  3. Gee whiz! Obviously the musos are expert at what they do; but why don’t they appear to enjoy it? Maybe they were tired!?

  4. I have to say that I’m less concerned with smiles on the faces of musicians (it’s hard for the front line to smile, and all of them are involved in the most serious task of creating beauty). Smiling is sometimes conscious show business . . .

  5. Irving Fazola is not really Italian by origin, rather Slovenian. His last name is originally Prestopnik, and it means breaker!

  6. A resounding “Yes!” to Michael’s comment about smiles … the less show business, the more deeply the players can listen and respond to what’s really important. And these wonderful musicians are old enough to be able to simply be there. What fun!

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