We begin with John McCormack. “Why?” you ask. It’s not because of my Irish Studies connections . . . the link is musical.
Ler’s move to a more assertive improvisation — created at the 75 Club on May 21, 2019, by Gabriele Donati, string bass; Ehud Asherie, piano; Jason Brown, drums:
Brilliance without ostentation. And then . . . .
the even more obscure song, the 1930 SO BEATS MY HEART FOR YOU:
Finally, a film song with a solid place in the jazz repertoire:
and this wonderful breakneck performance:
The erudite among us will note associations to Art Tatum, who recorded all three songs. Art Farmer, Bud Powell, Ivie Anderson, the Marx Brothers, Barry Harris, Lee Morse, Marty Grosz and more, have improvised on these themes. I hope all listeners will admire the music and the 75 Club, on 75 Murray Street, New York City — close to the Chambers Street stop, with a multitude of trains.
A postscript: this post is for the energetic Maureen Murphy, a dear friend whom I first knew as a world-renowned Irish scholar (this was in 1970): she also loves jazz piano.
May your happiness increase!