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RAGSTRETCH GOES AROUND THE WORLD IN JAZZ: PANAMA / AUSTRALIA / DENMARK (WITH FRIENDS!)

My new friend Lars Ole Christiansen posted this video by the intercontinental band RAGSTRETCH.  That hot band characterizes itself here on Facebook as “New Orleans inspired jazz! Scandinavian horns meet New York-based Aussies for an upcoming tour of Denmark and Norway.”

That in itself would be enough to convince me.  But RAGSTRETCH is also fortunate enough to have my friend Shannon Barnett (an astonishing player, shoes on or off) on trombone in the front line.

They are playing William H. Tyers’ PANAMA . . . and they are playing it in Copenhagen.  Can you say, “Jazz is a universal language.”?

I was about a minute into this video before I said, “More people need to hear this RIGHT NOW.”  So here you are!

RAGSTRETCH is Chris Tanner, clarinet; Björn Ingelstam, trumpet; Shannon Barnett, trombone; Craig Fermanis, guitar; Sam Anning, string bass; Rajiv Jayweera, drums.  Recorded at the Copenhagen Harbour Jazz Festival, July 7, 2013

May your happiness increase!

NEW ORLEANS STYLE, FROM THE HEART: IB K. OLSEN and JAZZ FRIENDS PLAY FOR LOUIS

Tomorrow, July 4, Louis Armstrong would have celebrated his birthday.  If you read this post in time, know that Columbia University’s radio station — streaming in cyberspace — WKCR-FM — plays Our Hero for twenty-four hours.

I dream of an alternate universe where at some agreed-upon time, everyone goes to his / her home stereo system (archaic word) or iPod or phone or car system and kicks off TWO DEUCES or WHEN YOU WISH UPON A STAR or ON A COCOANUT ISLAND — we could perhaps agree on the chosen performance in advance . . . so that the whole world vibrates with love of Louis.

But here’s something for right now.  This music comes from a recent practice / get-together of like-minded friends in Copenhagen or nearby, captured for us by Lars Ole Christiansen on YouTube.

The performers are Ib K. Olsen, cornet; Johannes Wrisberg, Bent Tranberg, clarinet; Finn Wellejus, trombone; Jörgen Möller, piano; Per Krogh, banjo.  Ordinarily they have a string bassist as well.

What first caught my attention was the pairing of songs — 1930 and 1929 — that I love, recorded so sweetly and memorably by Louis.  Then, as I got deeper into the performances, which have their rough edges, I was won over by their naturalness, their steadiness, their sincerity.  They might not be cozy virtuosi to everyone’s taste, but they are deeply IN the music they play.

See and hear for yourself.

I’M IN THE MARKET FOR YOU:

SWEETHEARTS ON PARADE:

I am a truly amateur cornetist now: in my dreams (if I practiced regularly) I would be the second cornet player with a band that has sessions in someone’s home.  Its easy stride would be embracing and forgiving.  How do you say, “In Bb, please, and not too fast!“?  I know the Danes know English well, but I want to try to fit in.

May your happiness increase!