Sometimes YouTube has just the right idea.
Here is the New El Dorado Jazz Band, performing at the Seaside, Oregon Jazz Festival during February 22-24, 2012 — that’s Hal Smith, washboard; Katie Cavera, banjo / guitar; Dave Brown, string bass; Carl Sonny Leyland, piano; Mike Baird, clarinet; Howard Miyata, trombone; Marc Caparone, trumpet.
The song is SALTY BUBBLE, composed by trumpeter / vocalist Papa Ray Ronnei, and catapulted to fame by Woody Allen, who used it in his film WHATEVER WORKS. (SALTY BUBBLE does have a certain kinship with a famous Twenties song about an Asian gentleman who puts people to sleep in the nicest ways, but no matter.)
Back to YouTube. Without meaning to do so, they have cut through the ideological chatter that continues to afflict jazz. Is this New Orleans jazz, Dixieland, traditional jazz, small-band swing . . . what-cha-call-em-blues? No, without knowing it, they have taken their cue from Eddie Condon and his brother-in-law Sidney Smith, who chose to call what Eddie and friends played simply MUSIC.
And that it is! More to come from Seaside and the New El Dorados, courtesy of the fine band and of our steady videographer “islandstarfish“.