Once again, it’s time for the joyous pilgrimage — virtual, for the moment — to the Shrine, The Ear Inn, 326 Spring Street, to have the EarRegulars raise our spirits. I’ve posted a dozen small celebrations so far, which you can immerse yourself in here.
And we’re back — at least in the world of video-performance of joy. Here’s the wonderful evidence from April 25, 2010, with Jon-Erik Kellso, trumpet; Harry Allen, tenor saxophone; Matt Munisteri, guitar; Neal Miner, string bass. The opening song from a splendid session was a Chicago jazz classic with roots in Oliver and Bix, performed as a Basie stroll. I speak of ROYAL GARDEN BLUES:
“You’ll miss me, honey!” “When?” “Oh, SOME OF THESE DAYS”:
A tender I CAN’T BELIEVE THAT YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH ME:
Historical London, perhaps a century ago — LIMEHOUSE BLUES:
Harry’s chosen feature, SEPTEMBER SONG:
and a little caffeine, not needed with this quartet, TEA FOR TWO:
I will have the second-set jam session to share with you next week, barring natural disasters and emotional crises. But let us keep looking forward with hope to the return of the real thing, at the intersection of Hugging and Restorative Sounds. I know I can loosen my stiff legs and relearn the way to 326 Spring Street, and you can also. (Your legs are your own business.)
May your happiness increase!