I don’t know baseball well enough to carry on the analogy for the length of this sentence, but Ray Skjelbred and his Cubs are my favorite sports team. The logic of that might not work, but you get the idea.
They performed — splendidly — as part of the annual Skjelbred California Tour — on July 8, 2017, at the Napa Valley Dixieland Jazz Society, and we have lovely videos thanks to the indefatigable chronicler of all things Skjelbred, RaeAnn Berry. The Cubs were at full strength for this performance — no designated hitters: Ray, piano; Kim Cusack, clarinet; Jeff Hamilton, drums; Katie Cavera, guitar; Clint Baker, string bass.
Here’s a sampling:
Where Basie meets Handy, OLE MISS:
Asking the immortal question, HOW LONG HAS THIS BEEN GOING ON?
One of my favorites, beginning with a properly martial introduction by General Hamilton, SWEETHEARTS ON PARADE:
For Sir Charles Thompson and Fred Robbins, ROBBINS’ NEST:
A romping SHINE:
And, for Durante and Noone in equal measure, INKA DINKA DOO:
RaeAnn captured the afternoon’s performance — twenty-three videos — so there is even more pleasure to be had from these Major League Champions.
May your happiness increase!