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Saturday, May 22, 2021

KSTV: The MJQ - May 22

(Screenshot by Ken Drew)
David Mrakpor (vibes); Giacomo Smith (clarinet); Noah Stoneman (piano); Daisy George (double bass); Will Cleasby (drums); Gabriella Swallow (cello)

Bach's Cello Suite No.3 played to a real, live audience! No, you're in the right placethis was cellist Gabi (Gabriella) Swallow introducing this evening's Kansas Smitty's MJQ session, moving from the baroque into John Lewis' Delauney's Dilemma. At its conclusion, raucous applause! Live music is back! 

(Collage by Ken Drew)
Autumn in New York, as a feature for Giacomo Smith on clarinet, how good was this?! Drummer Will Cleasby handing most of the announcements, said of Vernon Duke's Autumn New York that it was a masterful piece of writing - quite so. Mal Waldron's Warm Canto departed from the MJQ repertoire to feature cellist Gabi (as Ron Carter on the Waldron recording), pianist Noah Stoneman and David Mrakpor, vibes.

Kansas Smitty's guest, Gabi Swallow, spoke of the contemporary relevance of Some Other Time in these pandemic times. Expressing regret Tony Bennett wasn't in the room to sing the song, our cellist played it as a trio piece accompanied by Stoneman and Mrakpor. To close, Milt Jackson's signature tune, Bag's Groove with excellent piano and drums solos, respectively Stoneman and Cleasby, and Daisy George laying down the swinging Percy Heath bassline.   
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Delauney's DilemmaAutumn in New YorkBut Not for Me?Warm CantoSome Other TimeDjangoBag's Groove

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