“MAKE WEIRD SOUNDS,” or ROCKING THE BLUES SOUTH OF FOURTEENTH STREET: MARA KAYE, ERNIE VEGA, CONAL FOWKES, KEVIN DORN, JON-ERIK KELLSO (Cafe Bohemia, December 5, 2019)

We know nothing about “Pigmeat Terry,” probably “Terrio,” who may be accompanying himself on piano, but he left us this song, recorded in Chicago, 1935:

Almost eighty-five years later, a group of artists I admire deeply were rocking (or rockin’) the blues south of Fourteenth Street, at Cafe Bohemia, 15 Barrow Street.

Leading the pack in these dark rollicking blues was Mara Kaye, our very own:

She was joined and encouraged in this farmyard ecstasy by Ernie Vega, guitar; Conal Fowkes, string bass; Kevin Dorn, drums; Jon-Erik Kellso, trumpet:

Terry’s recording is available on YouTube for those who might say, “But I can’t understand the lyrics . . . ”   Feeling counts more than BBC diction.

Remember — when in doubt, make weird sounds.  Rabbi Kaye has spoken.

May your happiness increase!

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