Only a few days ago, I had my first immersion in the pleasures of Pismo — not the sunsets or the salt-water taffy, but the musical joys of the Jazz Jubilee by the Sea, which combines congenial people and seriously uplifting music.
What finally got me to Pismo (aside from the immense kindness of Linda and John Shorb and other helpful folks) was the chance to hear and see some friends and heroes in new combinations: Larry Scala, guitar; Dawn Lambeth, vocals; Marc Caparone and Danny Tobias, cornet and trumpet; Dave Caparone, trombone; Carl Sonny Leyland, piano and vocal; Danny Coots and Jim Lawlor, drums; Steve Pikal and Bill Bosch, string bass; Katie Cavera, guitar and vocal; the Au Brothers; and — new to me in person — the Shake ‘Em Up Band and Jeff Beaumont’s Creole Syncopators. She didn’t play an instrument, but I was also able to be dazzled by my Facebook friend Brettie Page.
But first on my list was “Larry, Dawn, and Friends,” a group that delighted me throughout the weekend. Readers will know how much I admire Dawn Lambeth, Marc Caparone, and Danny Coots, but it was a pleasure to see Larry — with his nice mixture of the blues, Basie, and Charlie Christian — lead a small group. His long-time friend Bill Bosch also impressed me because Bill is a purist who plays without amplification and has a lovely sound.
Here are three highlights from the first set I caught. First, the rarely-played swing tune COQUETTE, yes, by Carmen Lombardo:
Dawn’s lovely version of the Gershwins’ THEY CAN’T TAKE THAT AWAY FROM ME:
And a lightly swinging THAT OLD FEELING that has a truly feeling coda:
More to come! (I’ve already been invited back to Pismo for next year, and it took a long pause of several miliseconds for me to say “Yes!”)
May your happiness increase!