When we left our heroes — Danny Tobias, trumpet and various brass instruments, Pat Mercuri and Chris Buzzelli, guitars — they were lifting our spirits by creating beautiful sounds at the 1867 Sanctuary in Ewing, New Jersey. The evidence, easily accessed, is here in six lovely performances.
Now, I want JAZZ LIVES participants (you are more than simply “readers,” I hope) to chew slowly, to digest, to savor — even if I am not the waitperson who comes to your table, places the entree in front of you, and barks, “ENJOY!” — so I waited a short time before offering you the second half of this delightful concert. But here it is.
Berlin’s memorably sad WHAT’LL I DO?
The most cheerful admonition, LADY BE GOOD (or OH, LADY BE GOOD):
Rodgers and Hart’s vision of sweet togetherness, BLUE ROOM:
And another from Dick and Larry, DANCING ON THE CEILING:
Finally, a threatening Rodgers and Hart opus (for t hose who know the lyrics) EV’RYTHING I’VE GOT:
Danny will be back at the 1867 Sanctuary on April 19 (at 2 PM) with the brilliant pianist Conal Fowkes and string bassist Doug Drewes: details here. Thanks to these musicians and to Bob and Helen Kull — guardians of this wonderful space — for making this event possible.
May your happiness increase!