Clint Baker has been leading various aggregations at Cafe Borrone since 1990, with no sign of stopping or slowing down, and for this we are grateful. During my Northern California sojourn, it was an oasis — not only for the music, but the good food, the regulars I grew fond of, and the very friendly staff. It was at least a two-hour drive each way down 101, but it was worth it. And it remains a treasure, even though I am nowhere near Menlo Park (with its wonderful thrift stores).
Thanks to the indefatigable RaeAnn Berry, we have video evidence of those Friday-night jamborees.
September 13, 2019, was even more special, because of visiting luminaries Ray Skjelbred, piano, and Dan Barrett, trombone — in addition to Clint, trumpet and vocal, Robert Young, soprano and alto saxophone and vocal, Bill Reinhart, guitar and banjo, Mikiya Matsuda, string bass, and Jeff Hamilton, drums.
In no way is JAZZ LIVES turning into a men’s support group, but these three performances are tied together by a male presence in their titles: wonderful hot music, in this case, out on the patio.
The first fellow is Sweet, perhaps someone’s Papa, but he’s gone away. I hope he’s only gone to the supermarket for lowfat milk and cookies:
The second gent is a senior citizen, or perhaps Old is a term of affection and no one offers to help him put his carry-on bag in the overhead compartment, but he is known for being Solid:
The third brother is always welcome: he’s got Rhythm and it defines him, to everyone’s delight:
The world can’t do without those Rhythm Men.
I could get nostalgic for Borrone’s fish sandwich and cakes, too. A warm scene.
May your happiness increase!