This is more joyous evidence from a great evening of music created by the Ivory Club Boys — this time at Armando’s in Martinez, California, on May 31, 2014.
The ICB are devoted to the hot and sweet swing music often associated with Stuff Smith and his Onyx Club Boys — a Fifty-Second Street small jazz group of the middle Thirties, featuring Jonah Jones and Cozy Cole among others. Their twenty-first century incarnation includes Paul Mehling, guitar / vocal; Evan Price, electric violin; Isabelle Fontaine, guitar / vocal; Sam Rocha, string bass / vocal. This night, sitting in for Clint Baker, we had Marc Caparone, cornet, who will be familiar to readers of JAZZ LIVES. I’ve posted other music from this evening in half a dozen posts — this is a special favorite of mine.
But here are two more: a sweet one (written by Stuff) and a hot one (written by several people including Puccini).
The Ivory Club Boys gig here and there, hither and yon — most recently in Santa Cruz, which I couldn’t get to. I dream of regular gigs, a CD, a DVD, and more.
“Ask for them by name! Accept no imitations!”
May your happiness increase!