These videos were taken by the multi-talented Jamaica Knauer at Phil Pospychala’s “Tribute to Bix,” the most recent celebration of Bix Beiderbecke’s life and art. Cornetist Andy Schumm and his Gang — that’s Dave Bock (trombone), John Otto (reeds), Leah Bezin (banjo / guitar), David Boeddinghaus (piano), Vince Giordano (bass sax, string bass, tuba, vocals), and Josh Duffee (drums) performed a number of selections either recorded by Bix or evoking him. Appropriately, the music was played on Bix’s birthday — at the Bavarian Inn in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
There are perhaps unintentional thematic connections here, easy to find.
MY GAL SAL (written by Paul Dresser, brother of novelist Theodore Dreiser):
SOMEBODY STOLE MY GAL (was it a pal of Sal or another gal?):
SLOW RIVER (harking back to the Goldkette band):
RIVERBOAT SHUFFLE (for the Wolverines and the 1927 recording with Frank Trumbauer):
Finally, because it’s Thursday, here’s the very antidote to Blue Monday, a cheerful FROM MONDAY ON:
Anyone who’s paying attention won’t need me to point to the special pleasures — the ringing playing of the front line, relaxed and hot; the rocking rhythm section, and the wonderfully steady tempos — but these performances will please over and over. This band knows the records and the idiom inside-out but no one feels compelled to copy the famous solos. And the smile on Josh Duffee’s face sums it all up for me.