A hot band isn’t always easy to find. This one — THE RHYTHM ACES — was and is memorable.
Here‘s what they played — eleven uplifting performances, for your dining and dancing pleasure — before this final offering of the evening. For those who haven’t been following the lovely hot arc of performances, the band is trombonist Roy Rubinstein’s Rhythm Aces, and they performed at the Breakwater, in Monona, Wisconsin, on the evening of March 26, 2018. I had the good fortune to be there as Kim Cusack’s guest, and could thus capture the sounds for posterity. And what sounds!
To be official, that’s Roy, far right; Andy Schumm, cornet and clarinet, in the middle, with Kim, clarinet, alto, and vocal, rounding out the front line. In the back, Jim Barrett, banjo, and John Widdicombe, string bass.
We start the good works with a two-clarinet excursion on SWEET SUE:
Kim explains the ways of the unseen San Francisco world in ACE IN THE HOLE (what a good singer he is!):
Fats Waller’s I’M MORE THAN SATISFIED: (Incidentally, I would pay a substantial sum to hear a band perform a medley of this song and SATISFIED.)
and one of the classic the-evening-is-over songs, TILL WE MEET AGAIN, with a surprise at its center:
That last song seems prophetic: I now have very good reasons to go back to Wisconsin, and cheese is in no way part of them.
May your happiness increase!