The first four of us got things rolling at about 1:40 with a round of Beautiful Love. At 1:55, we set to work, checking out intros and the tricky timing of Jeannine (II-). Carl and Annie had arrived by this point, and we worked on the unusual counterpoint of Double Clutching (Carl had supplied the music). We then took time on another tricky tune, Pent Up House (II-). Finally Sam had us do some work on Sidney Bechet's tango, Petite Fleur (II-312).
Now came vocal time, and Victor kicked things off with Basin Street Blues (II-37). Annie brought in a version of the excellent blues, Let The Good Times Roll. Dick went with one of my favorites, There Will Never Be Another You (I-407). Second round, Victor went to the reliable Avalon (II-25). Annie opted to work on one suggested to her a while back, the melancholy Detour Ahead (I-105). For Dick, we played Black Orpheus (I-49). We took an instrumental break with Carl's call of Mingus' Jelly Roll. Back to vocals and Victor, we covered the OLD standard Dinah (II-104). On the next page, we found Annie's choice, Dindi (II-105). Even with only one Book IV among us, and even without drums, we managed to work out the constant switch between Latin and swing in On Green Dolphin Street for Dick. For the last round, we stumbled through Victor's choice, the deceptively simple-looking In The Still Of The Night (II-). Annie's last tune of the day was Why Do I Love You (II-245). We finished the afternoon with Dick's pick, I Could Write A Book (I-186).
Our plan coming up is to open up shop at 1:00 pm, set up (and play, if anyone's ready), then open the Early Segment at 2:00. At 3:00, we'll go to the regular program, with emphasis on vocals, until at least 5:00, or however long it takes for everyone to give up.
Early Segment work: Au Privave (I-37)
Jeannine (Watch Manhatten Transfer work it out, then perform)
Sidney Bechet, Petite Fleur
Louis Jordan, Let The Good Times Roll
Billie Holiday, Detour Ahead