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May 20: Vieux Carré Jazzmen at The Holystone (Indoors!)
May 20 Maine Street Jazzmen are back at Sunniside Social Club.
May 23: Vieux Carré Hot Four are back at The Spanish City.

June 21: Jazz in the Afternoon are back at Cullercoats Crescent Club. (Revised date).
June 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen are back at Cullercoats Crescent Club. (Revised date).

Thursday, March 25, 2021

KSTV: Playback session, "Louis Armstrong & Sidney Bechet" - March 25

(Screenshot by Ken Drew)
Giacomo Smith (soprano sax/clarinet); Pete Horsfall (trumpet/vocal); Dan Higham (trombone); Joe Webb (piano); Dave Archer (guitar).

He's back! Giacomo was given a rapturous welcome by the sidebar pundits after his lengthy sojourn in Saratoga. It was fully deserved.

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The wonderful thing about Smitty's is that they can be playing Weather Report one night, Monk on another night, then, such as tonight, Louis Armstrong and Sidney Bechet.

Armstrong and Bechet didn't record together very often, their musical personalities were too individualistic to make for happy bedfellows. As Giacomo pointed out, at times the battle to assert themselves sometimes cancelled each other out but when it didn't they produced fireworks and those fireworks were reproduced tonight.

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Cake Walking Babies From Home got things off to a flying start although the sound was a bit echoish initially. Strangely, the first time I heard this number it was by the late John Saxelby with Clem Avery's band at the New Orleans Club in Newcastle. It was only later that I actually heard it by Bechet (on record). Tonight wasn't competitive, just five guys doing what they enjoy doing and doing it well. 

I'm a Little Blackbird Looking for a Bluebird - they don't don't come up with song titles like that anymore - a lovely tune. Giacomo has certainly mastered the infamous (you either love it or hate it!) Bechet vibrato!

Giacomo switched to clarinet for the next couple: Perdido Street Blues and Squeeze me. I much prefer Squeeze me to Ellington's Just Squeeze me although they are both good tunes.

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All five musicians were on form tonight, Pete complained of his lip not being in - it sounded well in to me! That's the thing about playing an instrument, the audience may be going wild but only the player knows if he's firing on all cylinders. Dan Higham slotted in nicely leaning more towards Teagarden than Ory and Dave Archer laid down the solid rhythm that a band without bass and drums needs.
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Joe Webb was magic, as always, and his duet with Giacomo on Runnin' Wild was something else - it was well titled!

Other numbers were Kansas City Man Blues, Down in Honkytonk Town, Wildcat Blues and Everybody Loves my Baby. Pete took the vocal on the latter number - sounded good.

(Screenshot by Ken Drew)
Giacomo looked happy to be back - one thing is sure, he left the store in good hands. Just about everyone who played there in his absence is now a (jazz) household name!

Lance

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