When Big Joe Turner recorded TV MAMA in October 1953, television sets were smaller than they are now and although middle-class families had them, they were hardly as ubiquitous as they became later. So Joe’s stated wish for an amply proportioned companion was much more plausible than it is now, when it is possible to buy a flat-screen television that is more than six feet across. The television set below is from 1947, I understand.
But I digress. You haven’t wandered into a graduate seminar on modernism or popular culture. Unless I am mistaken, you are here for the music, which is what I can and will provide, as well as prose.
I am still on the inaugural STOMPTIME cruise, as happy as a mortal can be without anything illicit being provided — all thanks to Brian and Amy Holland and a double handful of my friends and heroes, musicians who are dear friends both new and old.
Some of them took the stage on April 29 for the final set of the evening, Carl Sonny Leyland’s House Party. Carl is a house party in himself — piano, vocals, a totally entertaining line of jive that is also wise and deep — and here he was joined by Danny Coots, drums; Steve Pikal, string bass; Andy Reiss, guitar; Marc Caparone, cornet. And Carl led us all into Big Joe’s desire for a companion who would be larger-than-life, but not too large to love.
How they rock!
Join us for the next SYOMPTIME improvisation in delight — their seven-day Alaska cruise (June 12-19, 2020): I’ll have more details when I’m on land. Until then, savor the joy that this House Party provides.
May your happiness increase!