Monday, June 18, 2018

June 16, 2018

Next Session: Probably June 23, 1-5 at The Hook and Ladder (Minnehaha and Lake)

Add-A-Tune: Cold Duck Time (II-87)

We got started with Sam (trumpet and trombone), Steve M (alto), Raphael (bass) and yours truly (piano). Craig (guitar) and Victor (vocals) soon joined us, followed by Carl (trombone), Annie (vocals) and Dick (vocals).

Sam's Add-a-Tune this week was Dancing On The Ceiling (I-98). We tried it at increasing tempos. Your scribe called for Don't Get Around Much Anymore (I-122). Raphael changed directions entirely with Coltrane's Giant Steps (which we took a wee bit slower than those whose steps we were following). Craig reached into his grab bag of seventies hits with Lean On Me (IV-250). Steve M went more traditional, choosing Here's That Rainy Day (I-175). Victor joined the instrumentalists in a go-round of Bye Bye Blackbird (II-73). Back to Sam, we took on a full steam version of Dear Old Stockholm (I-102).  We went a little easier with a bouncy version of Thou Swell (I-411), compliments of your scribe. Raphael wrapped up the instrumental portion with a stretched-out Waltz For Debby (I-432).

On to the vocal portion of the day, Annie got us cooking with The Surrey With The Fringe On Top (I-393). Victor called the old reliable Avalon (II-25). Dick surprised us with the moving Body And Soul (I-57). Annie jollied things up with Ain't Misbehavin' (III-13). Dick took Doxy (II-111) for an easy swing. Victor reprised Dancing On The Ceiling (I-98). Carl broke things up with an instrumental version of Blue Monk (I-52), on which Annie took a turn. She then pulled out Without A Song (II-428). Dick opted for I'm Beginning To See The Light (I-200). Victor scatted his way through Blue Skies (II-58). We took another instrument break with Steve M asking for On A Clear Day (III-308). One more tune for Annie, Let There Be Love (II-236), and for Victor, Beyond The Sea (II-40). Craig got the choice of instrumental to finish the afternoon, going with Satin Doll (I-349).

Participant Picks
Giant Steps
John Coltrane
Joey Alexander (!)
Wynton Marsalis

Dancing on the Ceiling
Jo Stafford
Chet Baker
The Supremes

Waltz for Debby
Bill Evans
Cannonball Adderley and Bill Evans
Oscar Peterson



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