Thanks to Peter Varshavsky of Porto Franco Records, here is a fascinating video documentary of the musical meeting of the San Francisco band GAUCHO with Tamar Korn and friends. Tamar sings “PEARL,” (music by Dave Ricketts, lyrics by Tamar) aided by Dave Ricketts and Michael Groh, guitar; Rob Reich, accordion, Pete Devine, drums, Ari Munkres, bass; Leon Oakley, cornet.
The session happened on January 24, 2010, and is captured here in lovely black and white. It took place at Cafe Amnesia on Valencia Street in San Francisco, where Gaucho has been appearing for nine years.
Music from this session can be found on the Porto Franco CD of the same name: details available at http://www.portofrancorecords.com.
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Tagged Ari Munkeres, Cafe Amnesia, Dave Ricjetts, GAUCHO, Jazz Lives, Leon Oakley, Michael Groh, Michael Steinman, Pete Devine, Peter Varshavsky, Porto Franco Records, Rob Reich, San Francisco Jazz, Tamar Korn
A delicious interlude: Lynne Koehlinger and Peter Varshavsky do an inspired Charleston routine to Jimmie Noone’s “Every Evening,” at the 2008 Gatsby Ball.
Lynne and Peter defy the laws of physics. At some points, they seem to be moving in slow motion, with every kick and turn clear, never blurred. But you know that they’re really dancing at an exhausting pace. Hard work made to seem effortless! Their routine has a lovely shape: they begin as a couple in perfect physical harmony, then break out for inspired capers during Earl Hines’s solo and the stop-time chorus, and conclude as a pair. It’s worthy of Olympic consideration. Why there isn’t a category for Jazz Dance still mystifies me. Let’s call it Hot Made Visible.
Thanks to SUN, the Singers’ Underground Network (I just made that up) of Meredith Axelrod and Melissa Collard, who passed this gem on to me. And now, to you.
Melissa Collard should be someone readers of this blog know and admire. Her first CD, OLD FASHIONED LOVE, is a treasure. Rumor has it that she and Hal Smith have completed a second one, which is great news.
Meredith Axelrod, who often works with guitar genius Craig Ventresco, has thoroughly internalized the vocal styles of the early twentieth-century in a way both eerie and exhilirating.
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Tagged Apex Club Orchestra, Charleston, Craig Ventresco, dance, dancing, Earl Hines, Every Evening, F.Scott Fitzgerald, Gatsby Ball, jazz blog, jazz improvisation, Jazz Lives, Jimmie Noone, Lynne Koehinger, Melissa Collard, Meredith Axelrod, Michael Steinman, Peter Varshavsky, Singers' Underground Network, stop-time chorus, SUN, YouTube