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“MR. JELLY LORD”: MATTHIAS SEUFFERT, KEITH NICHOLS, and NICK WARD at the 2011 WHITLEY BAY CLASSIC JAZZ PARTY (thanks to “JazzVideoMike”)

Poor Blanche DuBois always depended on the kindness of strangers; in the jazz community, the kind strangers become friends in a few hours.

I lamented the loss of a set devoted to Jelly Roll Morton’s clarinet trios, and starring Matthias (clarinet), Keith (piano), and Nick (drums) until I noticed someone named “JazzVideoMike” had posted the whole thing on YouTube.  I emailed him, and he most generously gave permission to repost it here.

“JVM” turns out to be Michael Stevens, a recently retired chartered accountant (CPA over here) who has been devoted to hot jazz for a long time — about fifty years it appears.  Although he’s been to New Orleans, you’ll find him most often at the Keswick, Bude, Whitley Bay, and Upton jazz festivals. You can see more of the results by clicking JazzVideoMike

but here is the Morton set, all twenty-nine minutes plus of it:

The songs are WOLVERINE BLUES / TURTLE TWIST / SMILIN’ THE BLUES AWAY / THE CRAVE / CHICAGO BREAKDOWN / MISTER JELLY LORD (sung by Keith) / SHREVEPORT STOMP.

Mastery (and generosity)!