Saturday, November 14, 2015

November 14, 2015

A good sized group, and a several newcomers. Gene and Berk (drums), Wes (tenor), Steve M, Bronco and Steve H (alto) Jack D (trumpet), Serdar (guitar), Sam (bass), Carl (trombone), Annie and Ron (vocals).

Sam opened things up with Bye Bye Blackbird (II-23). Steve M went next, choosing Bag's Groove (II-30). Jack D wanted to work on Angel Eyes (I-28). Gene went seasonal with Autumn Leaves (I-39). Serdar decided on an up-tempo version of All of Me (I-20). Bronco called April In Paris (I-32) next.  Steve H changed the tempo with Bernie's Tune (III-39). Wes pulled out a Dizzy favorite, Groovin' High (I-166).

Annie and Carl had arrived, and the vocals began. Annie took two with I Wish You Love (III-172), and My Favorite Things (I-285). Carl got the instrumental call, so we worked on his manuscript of Mingus' Jelly Roll. Back to Annie and two more: It Never Entered My Mind (III-205), followed by Let There Be Love (III-236). Newcomer Ron took a swing at One For My Baby (III-314), and I've Got You Under My Skin (III-190). Sam took control on the instrumental, and we had some fun on St. Thomas (II-339). Annie took another pair of vocals, this time Don't Get Around Much Anymore (III-190), then changed the mood with For All We Know (I-145). Ron called for L-O-V-E (III-252) and What A Difference A Day Makes (III-430). The group eventually settled on Caravan (II-77) for an instrumental. Serdar asked to go out with St. James Infirmary, but the group went one more after that, finishing with I Love Paris (II-189).

We mourn those harmed in the attacks yesterday in Paris, and we are thinking of our friends there.

Django Reinhardt, Paris Blues

Duke Ellington and Orchestra Main Theme from Paris Blues

Duke Ellington and Orchestra, Paris Blues (Azure Te)

Karrin Allyson, Paris Blues (Azure Te)

Coleman Hawkins, Under Paris Skies

John Coltrane, Ray Draper, Mal Waldron, Under Paris Skies

Ella Fitzgerald, I Love Paris

Avalon Jazz Band, I Love Paris

Stephane Grappelli, Svend Asmussen, Parisian Thoroughfare

Stephane Grappeli, Afternoon in Paris

Charlie Parker, April In Paris