22 February 2016

Post 397: THE SHOTGUN JAZZ BAND PLAYS FOR ME!

Wow! I woke up to an amazing treat on the morning of 17 June 2016.


There was a brand-new video on YouTube, filmed three days earlier by James Sterling, of The Shotgun Jazz Band playing Canal Street Blues.

But what brought a Huge Smile to my face was that it starts with a dedication to ME! Marla introduces it by saying it is for their 'friend in the U.K. - Ivan'!

Not only that; Marla then goes on to lead the band in a terrific performance of this King Oliver classic. She drives everyone through more than a dozen varied and exciting ensemble choruses. She uses her mute and flattened thirds in the most thrilling fashion. Tom Fischer on clarinet makes a great job of the famous Johnny Dodds' solo choruses. And they even end with that super-neat little Oliver coda.

But I hope you will watch it for yourself. Do so by clicking here. I have a feeling this will become one of my all-time favourite videos!