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“PLAY THAT FAMOUS RUSSIAN FOLK SONG, LYRICS BY A UKRANIAN POET AND MUSIC BY A GERMAN COMPOSER, PLEASE”: BOB BARNARD, DUKE HEITGER, BOB HAVENS, BOBBY GORDON, KEITH INGHAM, FRANK TATE, ARNIE KINSELLA (Jazz at Chautauqua, September 15, 2007)

Where it happened! Hotel Athenaeum, Chautauqua, New York.

That’s right. DARK EYES, published in 1843, has lyrics by the Ukrainian poet Yevhen Hrebinka, music by the German composer Florian Hermann. And here it is, served hot.

All of this splendid improvisation on the theme took place before 10 AM on a Saturday morning at Jazz at Chautauqua (September 15, 2007), a fact worth noting, since many jazz musicians are nocturnal beings. We have Bob Barnard, cornet (open) / leader; Duke Heitger, trumpet (muted); Bob Havens, trombone; Bobby Gordon, clarinet; Keith Ingham, piano; Frank Tate, string bass; Arnie Kinsella, drums. Everyone sounds splendid but I award the Palm to Bob . . . who just soars, as was his habit:

Jazz at Chautauqua (then the Allegheny Jazz Party and the Cleveland Classic Jazz Party) came only once a year, but I attended faithfully for fourteen years and am still living in the afterglow. My decade plus-one (2006-17) of performance audios and videos is a precious archive to me, and it is (as always) a joy to share it with you. There are more treasures unseen and unheard, so watch this space.

May your happiness increase!