I played two great festivals last month. The Kallispell Glacier Stampede was at the beginning of October and I performed with the Reynolds Brothers and did a duo set with Jerry Krahn. And Pismo Beach was at the end of the month where I played with the Creole Syncopators and the Au Brothers Jazz Band. I was looking at YouTube for some video footage and found the following two videos: The first one was taken by my friend Rae Ann (SF RaeAnn) who is quite well known here on the west coast as a traditional jazz video archivist. The second one was taken by my friend Bill Schneider. In Rae Ann's video she focuses on Jerry Krahn and myself as we play "It's Only A Paper Moon." I think you can really see why I enjoy playing with Jerry so much! In Bill's video you get to see why we keep looking off to our right and why Jerry has us put a few "breaks" in the song.
"It's Only A Paper Moon" - by SF RaeAnn
"It's Only A Paper Moon" - by Bill Schneider
I'm always so grateful for the people that video tape jazz performances like this, because I can look back on this and remember what a great time I had playing with Jerry and really appreciate how we sound together. I'm not really the sort of performer that is super critical of my own playing because for me it's not really about getting all the notes right or all the chords right, it's about the musical comradery and the wonderful spontaneity of playing in the moment with people like Jerry that I appreciate and enjoy.
I'm late posting this month because I just got back from the Arizona Classic Jazz Festival. I had a great time playing with the Reynolds Brothers and I'm *hoping* someone video taped our swing dance set Saturday night. We had some special guests sitting in with the band and the musicians AND dancers were on fire. Maybe I'll find something on YouTube to post later. As a side note, if you're ever in the Phoenix area, plan on making a trip to see the Musical Instruments Museum. It's a wonderful museum and I need to go back because I couldn't really see and hear everything I wanted to in my 2 1/2 hour visit.
At the end of this month I'll be at the big San Diego Thanksgiving Dixieland Jazz Festival. I'll play the first set of the festival Thanksgiving Day with John Gill, and I'll play the last set of the festival on Sunday with the Reynolds Brothers. (And a bunch of sets in between of course!) Hope to see you there!
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