Feeling lower than a snake’s belly? Or perhaps is “fump” the objective correlative for now? (Milt Hinton would be happy to explain.) Is the inside of your skull terribly dark these days?
This might help. The elixir of life mixes the inspiring shades of Louis Armstrong and Hoagy Carmichael with the real-life inspirations offered us by Jon-Erik Kellso, Evan Arntzen, Rossano Sportiello, Frank Tate and someone holding a video camera — on December 22, 2016, at Luca’s Jazz Corner (1712 First Avenue, New York City). There are no artistic or audible flaws in this video, but there are a few seconds where the focus blurs. I wasn’t trying out new special effects, but the bright light from above confused the camera’s little brain. However, blessedly, the sound is unaltered. Hear for yourself:
Here is more evidence of the cosmic happiness that took place that night: RUNNIN’ WILD and FINE AND DANDY. Incidentally, a young musician (I believe he plays trumpet) named Wynton Marsalis came in for the second set. I am sure that he inspired the band, but I am even more sure that this delicious quartet inspired him as well. As they did me.
Jon-Erik will be bringing a quartet back to Luca’s on March 23, 2017. I plan and hope to be there. You should come too. (Other heroes — Gabrielle Stravelli, Michael Kanan, Pat O’Leary, and Ken Peplowski — have gigs coming up.)
May your happiness increase!