My title comes from a story Joe Bushkin told about being on the bill in 1940 with Fats Waller at the Panther Room of the Hotel Sherman in Chicago. Bushkin was then appearing as part of Muggsy Spanier’s band. He remembered that Fats would “get off a perfectly beautiful run,” look at him, grin, and say, “It’s so easy when you know how!”
I thought of this comment while watching new videos of Paul Klinger’s Easy Street Jazz Band — videos so generously created by my dear friend and videographer Laura Beth Wyman. The ESJB (for this June 9 gig) featured the delightful singer Kerry Price, Paul Klinger, cornet and soprano saxophone; Mike Jones, clarinet; Terry Kimura, trombone; James Dapogny, piano; Paul Keller, string bass; Rod McDonald, guitar; Pete Siers, drums. All of this goodness took place at Ann Arbor, Michigan’s Zal Gaz Grotto.
JELLY ROLL (with the verse, which was a delight, new to me):
SENTIMENTAL GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, a Dapogny arrangement:
YOU’VE GOT TO SEE MAMMA EVERY NIGHT:
Yes, they do know how.
May your happiness increase!