News

Oct. 31, 2020

Just after I posted the “Big Five” video of “Here Comes The Hot Tamale Man,” another performance by the group became available:

Here is the previous video:

Also, we are up to episode 12 of the “Get Happy” video series with Loren Schoenberg and Nick Rossi:

Below is a video with Loren, Nick and two of my good friends. Everyone had a ball playing on this, and we plan to do at least a couple more in the near future.

I have recorded several more videos with Sarah Spencer’s Covid Global Ramblers, and some of the music will be available for sale on BANDCAMP in November. Meanwhile, here is video # 1:

The video shoot with Capt. John Royen’s New Orleans Rhythm (for the 2020 Virtual San Diego Jazz Fest) is complete, and will be posted online during Thanksgiving weekend.

Below is the lineup for the 2020 Virtual San Diego Jazz Fest:

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If you would like to sponsor one of the groups listed in the advertisement, please visit the SDJAZZFEST website for more information regarding sponsorship.

Capt. John Royen’s Quartet will be recording a CD in November, and I will also begin recording an album which will be available on BANDCAMP.

Speaking of BANDCAMP: Check out the EPs of “The Isolation Sessions” by Michael Gamble and his Very Swinging Friends
https://michaelgamble.bandcamp.com/album/latch-onto-that-rhythm-isolation-sessions-1

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All of the music on these sessions was recorded remotely — from nine different states!  Michael did a fantastic job of organizing the instrumental combinations, arranging the songs and editing all of the recordings into cohesive, exciting and SWINGING albums!  You will hear some of the best swing musicians in the U.S. on these EPs, including Laura Windley, Dan Levinson, David Jellema, Noah Hocker, Chloe Feoranzo, Charlie Halloran, Jonathan Stout, Chris Dawson, James Posedel and of course the man who leads the band and swings the string bass: Michael Gamble!

When you go to BANDCAMP to purchase the albums by Michael Gamble, please remember to check out my page to purchase music from the albums by Swing Central and the Kris Tokarski Trio: https://halsmith.bandcamp.com/

You can also buy music by the Jonathan Doyle Swingtet, Brooks Prumo Orchestra and the Oxblood Melodians from BANDCAMP.  And…don’t forget that there are still a few copies of On The Levee’s CD available: https://ontheleveejazz.bandcamp.com/album/swinging-new-orleans-jazz-for-dancing-or-just-listening

— Hal