and the second:
Although February is brief on the calendar, it can be a long month for those of us, in New York and elsewhere, waiting for a thaw. I have a cure I’ll be trying out in 2019 — the Fresno Sounds of Mardi Gras — which takes place from February 7-10 in the DoubleTree by Hilton in Fresno, California. Rumors that I have fallen in with some strange linguistic cult (Pismo, CA, in October 2018, and now another place ending in a vowel) just aren’t true, and the people spreading such gossip should stop. No, the reasons I’ll be there are musical (and the opportunity to meet some California hot-jazz pals). Here’s a sample, in a video by Bill Schneider from 2018:
Bob told me that the band he’s bringing in 2019 has got the same personnel: himself, Doug Finke, Kim Cusack, Ray Skjelbred, Scott Anthony, Jim Maihack, and Ray Templin.
and there’s Grand Dominion, featuring Clint Baker, Gerry Green, Jeff Hamilton, and other spreaders of the gospel (video by Franklin Clay):
and Dave Stuckey and the Hot House Gang. Since they are new to Fresno, I can’t draw on the Mardi Gras video trove but bring forward this delightfully raucous one, shot at the Saturday-night swing dance in 2016 at the San Diego Jazz Fest, featuring Dan Barrett, Nate Ketner, Corey Gemme, and other rascals:
Dave tells me that the Fresno Hot House Gang will have Marc Caparone, who’s also appearing with High Sierra on one of that venerable band’s last gigs, Nate Ketner, Sam Rocha, and David Aus on piano.
Here is the Facebook page for the 2019 blast. And here is the complete band listing (I believe) for 2019 . . . click http://www.fresnodixie.com/badges-online for details about badges, pins, sponsorships, and other nifty artifacts.
I’ll be leaving my snow shovel behind for a weekend in early February, and I won’t miss it. Even if there’s no snow where you are, the hot music is better than any pharmaceutical I know. See you there.
May your happiness increase!