In my world, there’s always a time and place for Louis-devotion and devotions.
First, some healthy carbohydrates — the Swedish Jazz Kings playing POTATO HEAD BLUES at the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz in 2000:
The Swedish Jazz Kings are a wonderful band with Bent Persson on trumpet or cornet; Tomas Ornberg on clarinet and soprano saxophone. I don’t know the remaining members of the orchestra, but they all sound better than Pretty Good.
What follows is one of those pleasantly explosive surprises one stumbles across if one is (like myself) deeply engrossed by the YouTube Palace of Pleasures. I believe the video was shot by Michel Laplace, or at least he is the generous soul who made it available to us. It features Bent with Bob Barnard — some incredible brass conversations — and the irreplaceable Joe Muranyi.
That’s Joe Muranyi, clarinet, soprano saxophone, vocal; Bob Barnard, cornet; Swedish Jazz Kings — Bent Persson, cornet; Tomas Ornberg, clarinet, soprano saxophone; Joep Peeters, piano; Ollie Nyman, banjo; Frans Sjöström, bass saxophone. August 13, 1997 : playing and singing HOUSE RENT BLUES / I’M A LITTLE BLACKBIRD / KANSAS CITY MAN BLUES / I DIG SATCH.
Thanks again to Michel Laplace. And to these magnificent musicians. And of course to Louis, who lights our way.
May your happiness increase!