We tried out a new venue this week: the Hook and Ladder, on Minnehaha just below Lake in Minneapolis. A sizeable crowd made an appearance: Sam (bass), Carl (trombone), Annie (vocals), Steve M. (alto), Jack D (trumpet), Jim D (alto and clarinet), Wes (tenor), Dick (vocals) and Steve H (alto).
Annie kicked things off with East of the Sun, West of the Moon (III-104). Sam followed with something warm us up in a chilly house, St. Thomas (II-339). Dick to the lead next with Mean To Me (III-274).
After a bit of discussion about our preferences for TowerLight vs. Hook and Ladder, we returned to playing. Serdar wanted to try a song he hadn't played before, Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise (II-375). Annie called for I Remember Clifford (I-192), but we had a really hard time getting that one off the ground, so she switched to I'm Beginning To See The Light (I-207). Yours truly stumbled across a Charlie Parker blues, Blue Bird (III-53), which was a good tune for everyone to get involved in. Dick asked for one he's been working on recently, Doxy (II-111). Carl also stumbled across a blues no one had heard, Bags and Trane (II-29), with an interesting call and response written right into it.
Back to singers, Annie decided on I Don't Stand A Ghost Of A Chance (I-173). Bob didn't want to spend time looking for a tune, so Wes jumped in with his current favorite, Donna Lee (I-123), but down-tempo. Dick took a vocal on In A Mellow Tone (I-200). Steve M liked the looks of Beautiful Love (I-40), and we didn't sound too bad on it either. Annie did a slow, slinky version of Honeysuckle Rose (II-167). Jim decided on his turn that he was going to sing, and gave that a go on Time After Time (III-408). Nobody dared to follow that.
Though a simple majority of those present opted to return to the Hook and Ladder, it was not available for next week, so we return to TowerLight next week. We will also be playing a Christmas selection in the lobby on December 17 from noon to 2:00 pm.
Milt Jackson and John Coltrane
Bags and Trane
Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise
Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins