Recently Jim Dapogny had major surgery. But he is recovering (as Marty Grosz would say) With Dispatch and Vigor.
If you don’t know Jim, what a pity — Professor Dapogny is not only a music scholar of great renown, noted for his work on Jelly Roll Morton and James P. Johnson, but he is a stomping pianist of splendid subtleties, someone who can rock the hall without half trying — a true successor to Joe Sullivan and Frank Melrose. And he’s a wonderful arranger for big bands and small.
Even with the stellar pianists at this year’s Jazz at Chautauqua, we missed the Professor.
But the waggish Martin Oliver Grosz, he of the rapier wit, is very fond of his colleague and dedicated a tune to him during the Thursday night jam sessions. What tune? YOU PUT A BANDAGE ON ME — known to more sedate listeners as YOU TOOK ADVANTAGE OF ME.
Here, Marty, John Sheridan, piano; Andy Schumm, cornet; Bob Reitmeier, clarinet; Frank Tate, bass; Pete Siers, drums, swing out in true Dapogny style. They’re all specialists; they don’t need second opinions:
Get well, Professor! Watch out for those co-pays! See you next month!