Here are two glowing lessons on how to make the familiar brightly new: taught to us in the most endearing ways by Jon-Erik Kellso, trumpet; Matt Munisteri, guitar; Scott Robinson, bass sax and taragoto; Attila Korb, trombone. Vocal interjections by Barry Foley, the temporarily landlocked pirate of Soho.
All of this beauty took place on January 25, 2015, at the Swing Shrine — The Ear Inn, 326 Spring Street, Soho, New York, where the EarRegulars uplift us on Sunday nights from 8-11 PM.
ROYAL GARDEN BLUES:
If you want to observe virtuosic solo playing; it’s all here. If you want to marvel at a small community of like-minded souls who work together to make orchestral joy, that too.
A few other blissful moments from this session can be found here and here.
Bless these musicians for bringing swing to us. And it continues. Find your way to The Ear Inn on a Sunday night while these miracles can be experienced first-hand.
May your happiness increase!
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Tagged Attila Korb, Barry Foley, bass saxophone, Dinah, Jazz Lives, Jon-Erik Kellso, Matt Munisteri, Michael Steinman, Royal Garden Blues, Scott Robinson, The Ear Inn, The EarRegulars
The song DINAH poses and answers the question. Using it as sacred text, here’s the proof that swing is here to stay — under the admiring gaze of Louis and Bill Basie — as enacted by Marc Caparone, cornet; John “Butch” Smith, alto saxophone; Carl Sonny Leyland, piano; Mike Fay, string bass; Jeff Hamilton, drums. Recorded in Paso Robles, California, on August 3, 2013, and offered here by popular demand.
I should note that the performance begins with a few small moments of comedy — what NOT to do — before Maestro Hamilton sets the tempo with a little homage to Sidney.
I’d hop an ocean liner, myself, to hear music like this. Talk about spreading joy!
May your happiness increase!
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Tagged Butch Smith, Carl Sonny Leyland, Count Basie, Dinah, Jazz Lives, Jeff Hamilton, John Smith, Louis Armstrong, Marc Caparone, Michael Steinman, Mike Fay, Sidney Catlett, swing, SWINGIN' ON NOTHIN'
New Yorkers are lucky for many reasons — but here’s something new to celebrate.
Trumpeter Duke Heitger is paying us a visit!
Duke will be playing this coming Sunday (June 7) at the Ear Inn with Matt Munisteri, Jon-Erik Kellso, and the EarRegulars, Tuesday (June 9) at Roth’s Westside Steakhouse in duet with pianist Ehud Asherie, and twice on Wednesday (June 10) — once in a gala at Birdland with David Ostwald’s Louis Armstrong Centennial Band (guest pianist Dick Hyman will be there, too!) and a late-evening / early-morning gig with multi-talented John Gill. I don’t know where the latter gig is taking place, but one could ask the very amiable Mr. Heitger in person.
If he’s new to you, just check out his most recent CD — DOIN’ THE VOOM VOOM — a duet with Bernd Lhotzky on Arbors Records, or my recent post of a YouTube clip, “IS THERE ANYONE FINER?” He’s someone truly special. I first saw Duke play at the 2004 Jazz at Chautauqua (have you bought your tickets for this year?) and his passionate swing knocked me out, as they used to say. And he comes through whole on recordings — but there’s nothing like seeing Duke in person and watching him give his whole heart to the music. Don’t miss him!
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Tagged "Doin' the Voom Voom", Arbors Records, Bernd Lhotzky, Birdland, David Ostwald, Dick Hyman, Dinah, Duke Heitger, Ehud Asherie, Jazz At Chautauqua, jazz blog, Jazz Lives, jazz nobility, John Gill, Jon-Erik Kellso, Matt Munisteri, Michael Steinman, New York City, Roth's Westside Steakhouse, The Ear Inn, YouTube
The answer to that question is, “I don’t think so!” In this YouTube performance, trumpeter Duke Heitger and his father Ray (on clarinet) join the Classic Jazz Stompers at Xavier University’s Gallagher Theatre on May 4, 2008 — for a rousing, Louis-inspired reading of DINAH. The Stompers are: Dave Greer, tenor guitar; Greg Dearth, alto sax; Erik Greiffenhagen, baritone sax; Jim Leslie, drums (playing on the rims); Chris Moore, cornet; Gordon Moore, trombone; Ted des Plantes, piano (not just piano but stride piano and hot vocalizing); Eric Sayre, bass. They romp. Bless them!
P.S. Duke Heitger is coming to New York City next week — with gigs at Birdland (Wednesday, June 10) and the Ear Inn (June 14). Sparks will fly!
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Tagged Chris Moore, Classic Jazz Stompers, Dave Greer, Dinah, Duke Heitger, Eric Sayre, Erik Greiffenhagen, Gordon Moore, Greg Dearth, hot jazz, jazz blog, Jazz Lives, Jim Leslie, Louis Armstrong, Michael Steinman, Ray Heitger, Stride piano, Ted des Plantes, Xavier University, YouTube
But sweeten it . . . !
If you need something to cheer you up, or you are already cheerful, watch the Silver Shadows, male and female, strut and wiggle. It’s not hard to see how much fun they are having, is it?
I first met Naomi Uyama at Banjo Jim’s, when she had come up from her Washington, D.C. home to be one of Tamar Korn’s Boswell Sisters. (I didn’t ask whether she aspired to be Vet or Martha, but perhaps that question would have been impudent.) And now I find out that she is a champion Lindy Hop dancer as well.
Visit www.naomiuyama.com for more delightful information.
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Tagged Banjo Jim's, Boswell Sisters, Connee Boswell, Dinah, jazz blog, Jazz Lives, Lindy Hop, Martha Boswell, Michael Steinman, Naomi Uyama, Silver Shadows, Sweet and Hot, swing dancing, Tamar Korn, Vet Boswell