Here they are, sedately indoors, a year ago, in Nashville, Tennessee:
and here they are, swinging beautifully, at the Evergreen Jazz Festival, July 28, 2018. They are an amazing band, and the performances below explain why better than several thousand words of mine ever could.
Thanks to Ed Danielson, director of the EJF, who has good instincts and acts on them: he heard the HCJQ at their inaugural appearance in Durango and hired them immediately for Evergreen.
A word about the unusual lighting . . . I asked Steve Pikal if he minded being turned into a green alien for this set, and he said, no, he rather liked it. So I have left the hues alone.
THREE LITTLE WORDS (which switches from the key of C to that of Ab and back again, I have on good authority):
I’VE GOT A FEELING I’M FALLING, for and by Mister Waller:
IF I COULD BE WITH YOU ONE HOUR TONIGHT, by James P. Johnson, who taught Fats, sung sweetly by Evan:
and a thoroughly gratifying exploration of Walter Donaldson’s ultimatum, LOVE ME OR LEAVE ME:
What a band, indeed. Did I mention that they will be on the STOMPTIME cruise in April 2019? I didn’t have to: you know that already.
May your happiness increase!