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SAYING GOODBYE: HARRY ALLEN, RANDY SANDKE, DAN BLOCK, ROSSANO SPORTIELLO, FRANK TATE, BILL RANSOM PLAY COLE PORTER (Jazz at Chautauqua 2011)

Here’s a lovely mournful performance from Harry Allen, tenor sax; Randy Sandke, trumpet; Dan Block, reeds; Rossano Sportiello, piano; Frank Tate, string bass; Bill Ransom, drums.  Recorded on Sept. 16, 2011, at Jazz at Chautauqua . . .and that’s Porter’s sorrowful EV’RY TIME WE SAY GOODBYE:

Although this performance begins with airport jokes, it soon settles into a mood of deep, hymnlike seriousness.  And I dedicate this video to the memory of William McBrien, the esteemed biographer of Porter (and of poet Stevie Smith), one of my professors a long time ago — a great, witty, generous man.