WEARY BLUES was written in 1915 by Artie Matthews as a ragtime piece, and the earliest recording we have (I believe) is this quite warm and well-seasoned 1919 rendition by the Louisiana Five:
Then it was recorded by many people — it’s terribly catchy with many breaks and it has a natural momentum. I will only offer this piece of history, because my feeling everyone should know this hot record by heart:
But this blog isn’t about archaeology; rather, it’s about gratifying music performed NOW. Down in the basement of Fat Cat (75 Christopher Street, Greenwich Village, New York City) on Sunday, January 29, 2017, Terry Waldo and his Gotham City Band created something beautiful and blazing hot out of WEARY BLUES. The cooks were Terry, piano; Jon-Erik Kellso, trumpet; Jim Fryer, trombone; Evan Arntzen, reeds; John Gill, banjo; Brian Nalepka, string bass; Jay Lepley, drums.
The savory dish, herewith:
Why do I live in New York? Many reasons, but the possibility of wandering down the stairs on a late Sunday afternoon, making my way through young people focused on beer, ping pong, billiards, conversation, and hearing THAT is one of the chief reasons to be here and stay here.
For my readers: may the most heavy WEARY BLUES you ever feel be just this light upon your heart.
May your happiness increase!