Dance off both your shoes! Who could do otherwise when Gordon Au’s Grand Street Stompers play for dancers? This took place at Swing Remix on April 13, 2019. That’s Gordon, trumpet, compositions and arrangements; Joe McDonough, trombone; Ricky Alexander and Matt Koza, reeds; Nick Russo, guitar; Rob Adkins, string bass; Rob Garcia, drums; Molly Ryan, vocals. R1 was there, too, which meant that the universe was properly aligned.
The usual caveats apply (not at all to the music!): I can’t shoot videos from the dance floor because of the eager traffic, people who have a right to be there and swing out. So these videos were recorded from an upstairs balcony, and as a result the sound is somewhat distant . . . but it is what you would have heard if you weren’t fortunate enough to be dancing close to the wonderful band. I also confess to some technical difficulties (a recalcitrant camera) so the sound is stronger in one channel than the other: no need for you to get a hearing test. But it’s there. . . .
Here are seven bursts of instrumental pleasure from early in the evening:
Gordon’s own JUMP OUT AND GETCHA (perhaps because he is a connoisseur of things that go bump in the night?):
BLUE ROOM, with verse and clever arrangement:
Half of a new pair, PST (PACIFIC SWING TIME):
And a Grand Street Stompers’ classic, SWANG THANG:
The second half, EST (for EASTERN SWING TIME), a composition John Kirby would admire:
Gordon’s swinging and surprising take on early bebop, GROOVIN’ HIGH:
and the attractive original NADINE:
There are more videos to come from this delightful evening. But even better . . . see, hear, and dance to the Grand Street Stompers in person: follow them here. See you on the dance floor (vertically, not horizontally).
May your happiness increase!