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“TRIBUTE TO THE JAZZ GREATS” at the 2011 SACRAMENTO JAZZ JUBILEE (May 28, 2011)

Another highlight of the 2011 Sacramento Jazz Jubilee was this tribute — lively and touching — to the recently departed “jazz greats” who had played the Jubilee many times in the past: Jake Hanna, drums; Eddie Higgins, piano; Tommy Saunders, trumpet; Chuck Hedges, clarinet. 

The band was led by the affable and funny Bill Allred (who also happens to be a superb trombonist), with Bob Schulz, cornet, vocals; Kim Cusack, clarinet; Johnny Varro, piano; Darrell Fernandez, bass; Vince Bartels, drums.  And two New York visitors!

They began with a Condonite ROSETTA:

Then a lovely I REMEMBER YOU by the rhythm section:

AS LONG AS I LIVE was good reason to invite Jon-Erik Kellso and John Allred (The Ear Inn’s superheroes) up to the stand to play some:

A touching rendition of OLD FOLKS, highlighted by Bob’s heartfelt singing:

 And the set ended with a leisurely SINGIN’ THE BLUES, for Bix and Tommy and all the dear departed:

Remembering the dead through living music and stories makes them seem to be with us still . . . .

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THE FAMILY THAT PLAYS TOGETHER

. . . creates delightful jazz! 

Here is the Au Brothers Jazz Band, captured at a Sacramento Traditional Jazz Society concert at the Dante Club on January 10, 2010, playing SAN, long associated with Bix Beiderbecke and Paul Whiteman. 

That’s Gordon (in the red shirt) on trumpet, Brandon on trombone, Justin on trumpet.  Their friends are Darrell Fernandez on bass, Jim Maihack on piano, and Ron Jones on drums. 

This video comes from Brandon’s YouTube channel, “Dolphinhunter,” which features other performances by the three Au brothers and an amusing series of “Name That Song” videos.