Jonathan Schwartz told the story of walking with his father (Arthur Schwartz, of Dietz and Schwartz fame) on a shady city street, and his father saying, “Come on, let’s cross over to Dorothy’s side of the street,” the reference being to the lyricist Dorothy Fields and the classic 1930 song ON THE SUNNY SIDE OF THE STREET (music by Jimmy McHugh).
Even though the rendition that follows was hours away from the sunshine, it glows and radiates in the best way: evoking Bechet, Louis, and Hines if you like, or dramatizing that such mastery is still entirely possible in this century: the players are Thomas Winteler, soprano saxophone; Torstein Kubban, cornet; David Boeddinghaus, keyboard; Frans Sjostrom, bass saxophone; Jacob Ullberger, banjo. All of this goodness took place on November 5, 2015, at the Mike Durham Classic Jazz Party. And I know for a certainty that more like it will take place at the November 2016 Party.
Living sunshine, even in the darkness. Thanks to Messrs. Sjostrom, Winteler, Kubban, Boeddinghaus, and Ullberger:
May your happiness increase!