Because desperate times call for desperate measures, Monday morning we overcome the blues by leaping and bounding out of bed into the arms of Paul Quinichette on tenor sax.
When I was a college student I would often go to the West End bar near Columbia University to listen to the Brooks Kerr trio. A young Phil Schapp was the host, and an equally young prodigy, Brooks Kerr, played a very tasteful stride piano, but it was the saxophone player, Paul Quinichette, who absolutely tore up the place every time.
Monday morning you wake up in a panic and realize it’s been more than a year since you posted another version of “All The Things You Are.” (For other versions I’ve posted, see here, here, here, and here)
So, another great take here:
Sonny Stitt – alto & tenor saxophone
Joe Newman – trumpet
Duke Jordan – piano
Sam Jones – bass
Roy Brooks – drum
According to Ever-Reliable Wikipedia, after her death, June Christy was called “one of the finest and most neglected singers of her time.” I only stumbled across her songs this week, and I’m really surprised I hadn’t known of her before that.
To me, she is reminiscent of Rosemary Clooney, Keely Smith, and also Anita O’Day, who she replaced as singer for the Stan Kenton Orchestra. The melancholy bar song, “Something Cool” was one of her biggest hits.
Monday morning, Mama nixes making music, but that doesn’t stop David Amram and company.
Has there ever been a musician more accomplished in so many fields of music than David Amram? Whether it be in folk music, classical, jazz, or even movie scores (Splendor in The Grass and The Manchurian Candidate were his compositions), he’s been an eclectic, generous presence.
Here he is playing a musical introduction at the Philadelphia Folk Festival with Larry Campbell on guitar, Erik Lawrence on sax, Somoko on violin, and Amram’s son, Adam, on drums. Be sure to catch Amram playing two pennywhistles at 4:25.
Amram is about eighty years old in this video and still making great music now at age 87.
Billie Holiday performed this song throughout her career, but I especially like this 1956 live version, which has much less of an intrusive orchestral backing than the studio Decca recordings of the 40s had. I think this was the first Billie Holiday song I ever heard, and it remains one of my favorites.
Five-time Grammy award nominee jazz vocalist Karrin Allyson does it all: sings, plays classical and jazz piano, interprets the Great American Songbook with her unique musical sensibility, and writes her own songs. With the informal intimacy and spontaneity that David Kenney fosters at his monthly Everything Old Is New Again Live cabaret series, Ms. Allyson decided to alter her planned program in order to sing one of her own songs for the packed house, apropos for the rainy day in NYC.
Each month at Everything Old Is New Again Live—stationed at the elegant Metropolitan Room—Kenney and co-producers Frank Dain and Cabaret Scenes Magazine present a veritable master class of vocal wizardry and interpretation. This month, the enthusiastic audience was treated not only to Karrin Allyson, but also Jim Caruso and Billy Stritch, Eric Comstock and Barbara Fasano, Natalie Douglas, Stacy Sullivan, Gay Marshall, Nick Adams, Erich Bergen, Jonathan Karrant, Dane Vannatter, Ross Patterson, and Jon Weber, experts all at their craft.
David’s show can be heard on Sunday nights from 9-11pm on WBAI 99.5 FM, simulcast on WBAI.org on the Internet. And David’s live cabaret show continues on the first Sunday of each month from the Metropolitan. The next live show will be on Sunday, May 1st. If you’re in the NYC area then, join him for some great entertainment.
Click on the gray triangle above to hear Karrin Allyson’s “Wrap Up Some of That Sunshine.”
Hold tight to your hat, scarf, and shirt this Monday as Hurricane Ella knocks you over with her incredible live performance and some amazing solos by Herb Ellis, Oscar Peterson, and Roy Eldridge, Belgium 1957.
“It Don’t Mean a Thing, If It Ain’t Got That Swing.”