MR. WALLER SWINGS BY (Part One): THE HOLLAND-COOTS JAZZ QUINTET at the SCOTT JOPLIN INTERNATIONAL RAGTIME FESTIVAL (Sedalia, Missouri: May 31, 2018)

The Holland-Coots Jazz Quintet, photograph by Amy Holland, 2017, Nashville, Tenn.

The Holland-Coots Jazz Quintet has a special affinity for the music of Fats Waller — his own compositions as well as those he made his own.  It’s not surprising: Mister Waller’s particular swing and playfulness fits well with this contemporary group’s joyous approach.

If the fellows above are not familiar to you, you’ve been missing out on quite a lot of good jive (do you know their debut CD, which is also a Fats mini-concert?): from left, Marc Caparone, cornet / vocal; Steve Pikal, string bass; Danny Coots, drums; Evan Arntzen, reeds / vocal; Brian Holland, piano.

One of the high points of the 2018 Scott Joplin International Ragtime Festival (May-June, Sedalia, Missouri) was an evening concert devoted to Fats’ music.  I’ve posted performances by Dalton Ridenhour, and duets between Neville Dickie and Danny Coots, but here’s the first part of the wonderful offering by the HCJQ.  Notice that they honor the original recordings but they don’t copy them.

MOPPIN’ AND BOPPIN’, composed by Benny Carter for the 1943 motion picture STORMY WEATHER:

KEEPIN’ OUT OF MISCHIEF NOW, tenderly sung by Evan, with the verse:

The rollicking I’VE GOT MY FINGERS CROSSED, sung by Marc:

And the beautiful LONESOME ME:

Finally, some original Wallerizing — a hot sonata for Arntzen and Pikal, called PHAT SWOLLER:

More to come!  (Incidentally, I’m following this band on to Baby’s first-ever cruise . . . but don’t let me influence you unduly.  Details here.)

May your happiness increase!

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3 responses to “MR. WALLER SWINGS BY (Part One): THE HOLLAND-COOTS JAZZ QUINTET at the SCOTT JOPLIN INTERNATIONAL RAGTIME FESTIVAL (Sedalia, Missouri: May 31, 2018)

  1. Michael,
    I’m new to your blog, and this comment is about the photo of Holland-Coots 5 at the top of your home page. The only ones I’ve seen live are Danny (when he was playing with Jeff Barnhart) and Evan (with Bria several times), but that’s enough to realize that the personnel are mis-labelled.
    Changing topics: I assume you’ll be at the Hot Jazz Festival on 9/30? Perhaps I’ll see you there. Will you be in Hawaiian garb, or more jazz-age-ish?
    I have added a link to this excellent blog on aplaceforjazz.org.

  2. Dear Jerry Gordon,
    Thanks for the correction: you were of course right. But I might gently repay the favor: according to RaeAnn Berry’s videos, the HJJ was — August 30-31. Is there another festival you have in mind? I will be making my maiden voyage to Pismo, October 25-28, but that’s my only autumnal outing until Thanksgiving, San Diego Jazz Fest.

    Glad you like the blog, calendars and names notwithstanding! Michael

  3. Don "Zoot"Conner

    This group keeps getting better.I’ll keep following their exploits through your wonderful blog,Michael.

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