Colorado saxophonist Aakash Mittal came by with his quartet to preview a late night gig at the Dakota. Aakash talked about a visit to East India, home of is father, and how that inspired his album Videsh. I also played new music from Atsuko Hashimoto and Monika Herzig, as well as classics from Miles, Mingus, Lockjaw, and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.
The majestic EZ sounds of Nelson Riddle, the whistling prowess of Kelly’s Heroes, the forgotten and almost loathsome organ groans of Orville Thomas, and the sheer ridiculousness of the Mary Kaye Trio and their soundtrack to a Hula lesson. And that’s not even 1 / 7th of the playlist!
3/10/11 in a nutshell…
Women Of Ska night on the RSST, though a few guys with birthdays this week crashed the party, including Don Drummond and pioneering big-band exoticist Les Baxter. Morg the Hoople got into the mix when another CD player balked, as did Ninapinta and his Bongos and Congas. Rosemary Clooney and Shiina Ringo served up back-to-back Mangos straight from the shady… nuke? Hey, it’s Radio Active, right? And check out Ringo’s singularly unique take on Autumn Leaves! Toots Hibbert covered his own Monkey Man with an assist from Gwen Stefani and No Doubt, and there was time remaining(!) at the end of The End. Baron von Skankin’ Frank helped fill it.
It’s a Mardis Gras show, including a phone interview with Roger Lewis of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. Donald Harrison, John Boutte, Louis Armstrong, Jon Cleary, Jelly Roll Morton, Danny Barker, and Germaine Bazzle, among others, with Jelly Roll from Charles Mingus.