People are surely known by the company they keep. Harry Allen is not only a splendid creative musician and a deeply gracious person — he also has superb friends. Three of them are in his Quartet — Chuck Riggs (drums), Joel Forbes (string bass), and Rossano Sportiello (piano).
This delicious combination took the stage on Sunday, June 10, 2012, at Feinstein’s (the comfortable club nestled within Loews Regency, 540 Park Avenue, New York City). Harry and his friends were there thanks to Mat and Rachel Domber, the generous spirits responsible for so much good music through Arbors Records and live concerts.
It was a privilege to be there, and the Beloved and I basked in the warm, friendly atmosphere of that room — and the warm creativity of the players. And for the first time, I was allowed to video-record the evening, so consider yourself invited to the extraordinary musical scene created magically by Harry and friends — with surprises to come. (In the house were Dan Morgenstern, Daryl Sherman, Marlene VerPlanck, Gwen Calvier and her beau Joe, and a few surprises . . . )
I posted the first glorious set of that evening here. Delicious, isn’t it?
Two of Harry’s friends joined the band for a second helping — Jon-Erik Kellso (trumpet), well-known to JAZZ LIVES, and the majestic Joe Temperley (baritone sax), whom I am honored to have here.
They began their explorations with BLUE SKIES:
Only bands that are this far from being lost — in any way — can play PERDIDO so wonderfully:
Joe offered us a beautifully mobile THE VERY THOUGHT OF YOU:
For his part, Jon-Erik made us feel good with a romping THE LADY’S IN LOVE WITH YOU:
And, as Louis would write at the end of a page, S’all — but there will be more to come.
May your happiness increase.