Jazz groups often choose well-established formats: the piano trio; the bebop quintet; the trad or swing sextet. But “unorthodox” bands offer wonderful surprises.
Marty Grosz likes such original assemblages: two horns, guitar and string bass, for instance, all unamplified. And in the case of this morning set at Jazz at Chautauqua, not so long ago, Marty assembled two especially nimble horn players, a pianist, himself, and a very sensitive drummer who used snare and wire brushes only. It happened in this century, but it felt like a dream of the old days, thanks to Andy Schumm, Scott Robinson, John Sheridan, and Pete Siers. Now, thanks to the glories of teleportation, and thanks to Nancy Hancock Griffith, we can go there also.
Calling Mr. Berlin!
Marty without Fats just wouldn’t be Marty:
and a homage to the esteemed and elusive Horace Gerlach and his co-composer, Mister Strong:
Marty turned 88 — yes, eighty-eight — a few days ago. He probably won’t see this post, but it is a deeply admiring salute to his delightful selves. This place wouldn’t be the same without him. And here’s a 2013 missive from MOG:
May your happiness increase!