“V. HOT”: A JAM SESSION AT THE MIKE DURHAM CLASSIC JAZZ PARTY (November 3-4, 2019)

Souvenirs of a brilliant weekend, even though many of us did not make it to the Village Hotel, Newcastle, for this Party, held annually in November, bringing together wonderful European, British, and American musicians.  Three v.hot selections from the last jam session of the Party, captured for us by Chris Jonsson, the nattily dressed fellow next to Anne-Christine Persson in the photo.  I know them as “Chris and Chris” on YouTube, they are neatly CANDCJ:

Here’s CHRIS and CHRIS

I’M GONNA STOMP MISTER HENRY LEE (I prefer the version without the comma, but grammarians who wish to explicate this title may email me):

Andy Schumm, clarinet; David Boeddinghaus, piano; Dave Bock, tuba; Josh Duffee, drums; Torstein Kubban, trumpet; Graham Hughes, trombone; Matthias Seuffert, clarinet;  Stephane Gillot, alto saxophone; Jacob Ullberger, banjo.

Colin Hancock, cornet, and Henry Lemaire, string bass, come in for Gillot and Bock, and Graham Hughes sings MAMA’S GONE, GOOD-BYE (splendidly!):

and, finally, MILENBERG JOYS, with Boeddinghaus, Hancock, Kubban, Duffee, Ullberger, Lemaire, Lars Frank, clarinet . . . and if I am not mistaken, Torstein essays his own version of Louis’ Hot Chorus here, magnificently:

I would have expected more violent approval, but it was after 2 AM.

A word about my title.  What, you might ask, is “v. hot“?  It’s an inside joke for those of us — including percussion wizard Nicholas D. Ball, who have visited the Village Hotel in Newcastle with any regularity: a meant-to-be-terribly-cute advertising gimmick:

and a different view:

When I was there last in 2016, the elevator (sorry, the lift) had inside it a glossy photo of a larger-than-life young woman and the words “v. snuggly” or some such.  We joked about this, and wondered if the toilets in each room were labeled “v. flushy” or the pizza “v. costly.”  And so on.  But nothing can take away from the jam session, which was indeed “v.hot.”  Bless the musicians and both Chrisses (Christer and Anne-Christine) too.

May your happiness increase!

5 responses to ““V. HOT”: A JAM SESSION AT THE MIKE DURHAM CLASSIC JAZZ PARTY (November 3-4, 2019)

  1. I’M GONNA STOMP MISTER HENRY LEE (I prefer the version without the comma, but grammarians who wish to explicate this title may email me).
    Dear Michael, not needed. The June 1929 LoC copyright entry, the Eddie Condon Victor, Bluebird and the several HMV 78 labels do not have a comma.
    I suspect the comma was introduced by Brain Rust in his Jazz Records 1897-1942 Discography.
    Cheers,
    Bill

  2. Always ready with useful information. Now, do we know who “MISTER HENRY LEE” was? Mythical figure or someone who deserved to be stomped or someone who encouraged the right kind of stomping? Thanks much, as always! Michael

  3. Thank you for these gems, Michael – I was there, but missed most of the jam sessions owing to lack of stamina! I particularly liked “Mama’s Gone” – I’ve played with Graham Hughes many, many times, but never heard his sing before – quite a revelation!
    Cheers,
    Tony Davis

  4. Torstein Kubban

    Dear Michael,
    You are always very observant!
    The little twist on the 50 hot choruses that you noticed on Milenberg Joys, was a little homage to one of our heroes: Bent Persson.
    All the best!
    Torstein

  5. This music makes my heart smile! Bless you and thank you.

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