My title has nothing to do with the NRA. It was King Oliver’s highest praise.
I’m coming out of a delighted exhaustion — a long weekend at the Evergreen Jazz Festival, a cornucopia of good sounds, prefaced by a night at Dorothy Bradford Vernon’s wonderful barn dance in Longmont, CO — so I can’t muster up many words. Yes, Virginia, there will be videos.
The two fellows above were stars at Evergreen, and were beautifully hot in duet at the 2018 Scott Joplin International Ragtime Festival, so here they are. Marc was a wonderful one-fifth of the Holland-Coots Jazz Quintet, and Carl led his own trio. I don’t have the energy to figure out what one-fifth and one-third add up to in grade school math, but the me the result is Startling Joys. Put that in your calculator. Echoes of Big Joe Turner, Bunk Johnson, and W.C. Handy, gloriously.
and when they go crazy, it would not be surprising:
More to come, in many delightful shapes and sizes. You know that Carl and Marc will be gracing the STOMPTIME cruise in 2019, of course? I think the cat has to stay at home, though.
May your happiness increase!