I made a forty-eight hour trip to Wisconsin earlier this week, in the name of hot music. “Michael, don’t you have enough jazz in New York to keep you occupied over the Easter / Passover break?” “Yes, but in New York we don’t have Kim Cusack,” I can reply.
So in that brief period I sat Kim in front of my camera and he talked — most engagingly — and we went to Monona, Wisconsin, to enjoy the Rhythm Aces, a small band led by trombonist Roy Rubinstein — which featured Kim on clarinet, alto saxophone, and vocal, Andy Schumm on cornet and clarinet, Jim Barrett on banjo, and John Widdicombe on string bass. They play at the Breakwater on the fourth Monday of every month from 6 to 8. And HOW they play.
You’ll hear that I do not exaggerate.
ALEXANDER’S RAGTIME BAND:
A strain from TEDDY BEARS’ PICNIC:
RENT PARTY BLUES:
And there’s more to come. The fourth Monday of this April is the 23rd. If I didn’t have an early-morning class on Tuesday . . .
It’s very reassuring to know that the Heartland is so Hot.
May your happiness increase!