Yes, the very thing: Kris Tokarski, piano; Hal Smith, drums; Jonathan Doyle, clarinet and tenor saxophone; Larry Scala, guitar; Nobu Ozaki, string bass, with guest star Katie Cavera, guitar / vocals. Recorded November 25, 2017.
No one is truly that shade of purple in real life (aside from children’s television) but they played beautifully, ignoring the vagaries of stage lighting. For the first part of this set, including CRAZY RHYTHM, IDA, THERE’LL BE SOME CHANGES MADE, I MUST HAVE THAT MAN, and I NEVER KNEW, please click here.
Now the second helping.
Here’s Katie to sing one of her (and our) favorites, I’LL BET YOU TELL THAT TO ALL THE GIRLS — a Twenties phrase brought back a decade later in this 1936 song by Charlie Tobias and Sam H. Stept, which I first learned through Henry “Red” Allen’s recording of it, where (as was the custom) he couldn’t change the gender of the lyrics. They fit Katie better:
SOMEBODY LOVES ME, with a delicate reading of the verse by Kris, solo:
This is surely a swing (and swinging) band, but my goodness, how they can play a ballad. Case in point, I SURRENDER, DEAR:
and the set concludes with the Twenties classic, SOMEBODY STOLE MY GAL:
What a great band! I look forward to seeing them at other festivals, and I hear that PBS, NPR, and the BBC are all ears, too.
May your happiness increase!