One of the attractions of a jazz jam is it’s unpredictability. You never know who is going to show up, what tunes will be played, or how well everything will sync. On Sunday, the trio of Paul Muench, Devin Drobka, and John Mesoloras were playing together for the 1st time and you would never have guessed. These guys were locked in and the result was snappy and crisply swinging, or as Devin said, “the music had bounce.”
It was also fun catching up with bassist Nick Anderson. Nick was the house bassist for the jam for the 1st 6 months or so until he moved out of town. He lives in Philadelphia now and was in Madison visiting relatives. Nick said this is the 1st time he’s played jazz since he left. Right now he’s busy developing a pilot for a children’s musical television show. Wow.
We also had another out-of-towner. Connor stopped in to play melodica and keyboard and I believe he said he lives in Fort Atkinson, Iowa. Connor must have had a good time because he plans to be back next time!
Next time is January 17th and the band is Darren Sterud – trombone, Ben Ferris – bass, Michael Brenneis – drums, and Paul Muench again on keyboard. The featured tune is Count Basie’s smokin’, “Blues in Hoss Flat.” I was turned on to this tune a few years ago when it was played at the jam. It was a big hit and if you don’t know it, listen to the video below and you’ll hear why.
Sheet music will probably be hard to find, but it’s a simple repeating riff so should be easy to figure out and remember. We’ll play the main theme and if you learn some of the background fills you get extra credit! Here’s a video of “Blues in Hoss Flat”, and just for fun, a classic video of Jerry Lewis lip-synching to the same tune.