Manhattnites think theirs is the jazz borough: Harlem, Fifty-Second Street, the Village. Sorry, but no. It’s Queens, home to Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Bix Beiderbecke, James P. Johnson, Fats Waller, Clarence Williams, Count Basie, Milt Hinton . . .
And the jazz glories of this borough aren’t only historical (read: dusty). Dennis Lichtman proved that vividly in his concert — with his Queensboro Six — at the Louis Armstrong House Museum (34-56 107th St, Corona, Queens, by the way) on August 29, 2015. The band was Dennic, clarinet, compositions, arrangements; Gordon Au, trumpet; J. Walter Hawkes, trombone; Nathan Peck, string bass; Dalton Ridenhour, keyboard; Rob Garcia, drums; Terry Wilson, vocal, with guest stars Ed Polcer, cornet; Tamar Korn, vocal.
And there were luminaries not on the bandstand: Michael Cogswell and Ricky Riccardi (who does the introduction), Brynn White, Cynthia Sayer, Jerome Raim, among others. Dennis, and we, thank the Queens Council on the Arts for their support that made this concert possible.
Here’s the first half of the concert. Dennis explains it all, so watch, listen, and savor.
CAKE WALKIN’ BABIES FROM HOME:
ROAD STREET PLACE COURT AVENUE DRIVE:
BLUE, TURNING GREY OVER YOU (vocal Terry Wilson):
SQUEEZE ME (vocal Terry Wilson):
WALTZ FOR CAMILA (Dennis, Dalton, Nathan):
SWING THAT MUSIC (add Ed Polcer):
The second half will arrive (on the express track) shortly.
May your happiness increase!