During the first half hour of the show I played new music from Matt Slocum, Tobias Gebb, Paul Meyers, Erica Lindsay Sumi Tonooka, and Gia Notte. Then we celebrated the last hour of Mardis Gras with music from New Orleans musicians, including Nicolas Payton, Ellis Marsalis, and more….
Our RSST run-up to Skalentine’s Day has Tommy McCook introducing the night’s proceedings with his rocksteady take on The World Needs Love,
a song called Sock It To Me Baby by no less than The Valentines(!) a Sherwoodian left-turn detour into the love of video game soundtracks (Harry Hosono’s arrangement of Galaga), and a back-on-track SEVEN Lollipops in a row, including three that Ernest Ranglin played on! The Rico/TSPO collab L-O-V-E also gets reprised before the show concludes. That’s amore!
The six-member group Ingo Bethke came by to play a few cuts off their self-titled CD and talk about their Wednesday night appearance at the X,Y, Z Gallery. I also played tracks by Jack McDuff, Kenny Dorham, and Horace Silver, as well as new music from Braden-Rapp, Hiromi, and the Dave Berger Orchestra, and more…