More from the New El Dorado Jazz Band — at the Pismo, California, Dixieland Society “Sounds of Mardi Gras,” on February 6, 2010 — with Hal Smith (washboard), Clint Baker (clarinet, banjo, vocal), Marc Caparone (trumpet), Howard Miyata (trombone), Mike Baird (clarinet), Carl Sonny Leyland (piano), Katie Cavera (banjo), Georgia Korba (bass). Romping, one and all, and recorded by the apparently tireless Rae Ann Berry.
Here’s ALEXANDER’S RAGTIME BAND, with the verse:
Some mournful funk reminiscent of Bunk Johnson — STORYVILLE BLUES:
And the song W.C. Handy claimed as his own, named for a rocketing train, OLE MISS:
And a wonderful oddity — the Fifties pop song (think Nat Cole) MONA LISA, which was a real favorite for the New Orleans musicians, including George Lewis. Incidentally, this clip takes a minute before the video portion appears, so do not adjust your set:
Wonderful solos and ensemble drive — who could ask for more? And the second or third time you watch these clips, drinking in the music, you may find yourself observing the dancers off to the left of the stage. There are several well-behaved couples, but the person who drew me was a young woman with a cap on and a sleeveless blouse. Leaping like a Dixieland bunny, she didn’t need a partner to express her joy in the music.