Beautiful music doesn’t always get a suitable place to grow and shine, but on June 11, 2017, it did, for a few hours.
The place is the 1867 Sanctuary at Ewing at 101 Scotch Road in Ewing, New Jersey, and the lovely music was created by Danny Tobias (trumpet, Eb alto horn), Joe Holt (piano), and guest Max Donaldson (tenor saxophone). Here are several of the highlights of that most rewarding concert.
Think of Fred and Ginger, or of Ella and Louis — but let us all bow low to Irving Berlin, without whom we’d have no CHEEK TO CHEEK:
For ALL THE THINGS YOU ARE, Danny invited up young Mister Max Donaldson, who certainly played splendidly. Max told me, “I am a 17 year old junior in high school and have been playing saxophone since the 5th grade. I discovered jazz in the 7th grade and found my passion. Some of my favorite jazz greats to listen to are Dexter Gordon, Benny Golson, and Sonny Rollins, though I listen to and appreciate all types of jazz.” Watch out for this young man: I predict a creative future for him.
For his first feature, Joe chose to improvise on Beethoven’s Minuet in G Major, WoO 10, No. 2. To which I could only say (under my breath, politely), “WoO!”:
Here’s Danny’s own romping variations on a jazz classic, which he has titled HOW’S IT GO?:
Danny has picked up another brass horn, the neglected but beautiful Eb alto horn — think of Dick Cary and Scott Robinson — and here the duo improvises a BLUES FOR MAX in honor of their tenorman:
Holt meets Joplin, with happiness, for MAPLE LEAF RAG:
And finally, Richard Rodgers – Lorenz Hart’s moody SPRING IS HERE, a song Joe hadn’t known before — how beautifully he finds his way:
Gorgeous music in a serenely beautiful place. Thanks to Danny, Joe, Max, Lynn Redmile, and to Bob Kull for making this all happy and possible.
May your happiness increase!