That serious young man and his friends have done it again, healthfully rising the planet’s Swing levels. He’s Nirav Sanghani, leading his flexible band, the Pacific Six, whose new CD I praised just last month here.
Here’s a jazz classic from the recent Bootleggers’ Ball, on Jun 16: the Six plus guests Justin Au, trumpet, and Nick Rossi, electric guitar (wearing tuxedoes). The rest of the band, Virginia Tichenor, piano; Albert Alva, tenor sax; Mikiya Matsuda, bass; Sean Krazit, tenor sax; Clint Baker, drums; Riley Baker, trombone; Nirav Sanghani, rhythm guitar, bandleader. The nice floating videography is by Jessica King, vocalist, percussionist, and cinematographer:
So many things in this life are uncertain. The saying that I’ve chosen for my title is attributed to John Burroughs, Julia Margaret Cameron, and anonymous Zen masters.
LESTER LEAPS IN was most assuredly John Hammond’s title, not Lester’s — for that line on I GOT RHYTHM. But attributions and minutiae matter less than the effect such things — those words, that music, that band — have on our hearts.
May your happiness increase!