We meet again on February 3 to play with Ken Hoffman (ts), Dave Stoler (pno), John Mesoloras (bs) and Rodrigo Villanueva (dr). The featured tunes are Miles’s “Freddie Freeloader” and Cole Porter’s “Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye.” The former is a straight-up, I-IV-V, mid-tempo blues in Bb that appeared on Kind of Blue. The only wrinkle is that each chorus resolves to Ab7 rather than Bb7. The latter is an old tune that I first encountered on Coltrane’s My Favorite Things album. The tricky thing about this one in my opinion is that the melody in the first half of each section is a single pitch. It’s not easy to play several bars of the same note while sustaining interest and not sounding lame. The lead sheet for this tune is in Real Book III.

We’ll see you at North Street Cabaret on February 3! FYI the February 17 jam is canceled due to a prior booking at North Street.