The latest news is the announcement that the elegant Bill Charlap Trio is scheduled to appear at Scullers Jazz Club in Boston (scroll down to September 10), and I could not be happier at the prospect of sharing the stage with Bill, Peter Washington (b) and Kenny Washington (dr). Hope to see many new and old friends on that evening. To prepare for the event, you might want to listen to their latest cd on Impulse! called "Notes From New York". Look for this distinctive cover art by David Cowles:
But it's right about now my heart beats a little faster with anticipation for the end of summer. Images filled with the sturdiest of woolen hats and mittens, cashmere sweaters, and tweed jackets. Crisp autumn days, crisp Baldwin apples and crisp air turning the leaves to red and gold. Football, apple pie, turkey, boeuf bourguignon (I make a mean one), and Christmas!!!!
I hear my fellow New Englanders shouting: "Yeah, and darkness at 4 PM, six feet of snow, towering drifts and unplowed streets, major travel disruptions and getting out of a warm bed to go outside and clean the car. And children glued to the local tv channel which will announce school closings. Yes, all those miseries are unquestionably difficult and Baby it's cold outside too.
In my digs, the prescription reads: fill the cavity of a chicken with at least 8-10 unpeeled cloves of garlic, and roast it to make the place smell great; bring out DVDs of favorite b&w movies of the 1930's and 40's (Ah, the veiled hats, white gloves, matching shoes and handbags), and/or read a good book and listen to Beethoven, Chopin, Basie or Charlap. And let it snow let it snow let it snow. Did all this help cool you off a bit? It does me.
I look forward to seeing all Boston jazz fans on September 10th. Bring a scarf . If we're lucky, an early chill might be in the air.