Since 2006, when permitted, I have been going to jazz performances with a knapsack of video cameras, etc. Hard on my shoulders, good for my soul.
In the musically-arid landscape of the pandemic, that world seems mystically distant, but it is accessible: what was fleeting was captured. I have been rediscovering joyous music to share with you.
One such evening was spent at Mezzrow, downstairs on West Tenth Street in Greenwich Village, in the company of three heroic friends: Barbara Rosene, vocal; Danny Tobias, cornet; Conal Fowkes, piano — an intimate presentation of songs associated with Mildred Bailey . . . but each song made warmly individual by these three generous creators. And a bonus: Barbara’s delightful commentary, veering between heartfelt and hilarious, in between songs.
Let’s start with some fun: Fats Waller’s CONCENTRATIN’ ON YOU:
A revenge song with a bounce, SOMEDAY SWEETHEART:
The people at the adjacent table had a loud discussion with the gracious waitperson — so this video starts after Barbara’s first chorus, alas, but I love this song, THE MOON GOT IN MY EYES, and couldn’t bear to lose it:
and, to close off this segment, GEORGIA ON MY MIND, particularly relevant:
May your happiness increase!