Harold Ross, who edited THE NEW YORKER for twenty-five years, said, “Talent doesn’t care where it resides.” And although Evergreen, Colorado is 7,220 feet above sea level, the music I’ve heard at the Evergreen Jazz Festival in 2014 and 2016 has never been short of breath. Or, for that matter, passion, swing, or inspiration. I’m going there again this July 2018.
As evidence, I present seven informal hot performances by Kris Tokarski, piano; Tim Laughlin, clarinet; Andy Schumm, cornet; Hal Smith, drums, from a 2016 Saturday-afternoon session in a local restaurant.
Looking ahead to the weekend, SUNDAY:
IDA, which we dedicate happily to Ida Melrose Shoufler, back to herself:
The quartet assembles for Hines’ MY MONDAY DATE:
IF I COULD BE WITH YOU ONE HOUR TONIGHT. Did someone whisper “Muggsy Spanier”?
It’s shocking. She’s NOBODY’S SWEETHEART NOW:
Tim’s featured on a lovely A NIGHTINGALE SANG IN BERKELEY SQUARE:
And to close, Artie Matthews’ WEARY BLUES:
For more information about this month’s fiesta, click here. The Festival is happening on July 27-29, with Dorothy Bradford Vernon’s barn dance featuring the Carl Sonny Leyland trio in Longmont, Colorado, on the 26th.
May your happiness increase!