|Tom Ellison and June Garber|
The morning began frosty, with temps in the 30s in the area, unusual for southern Florida, but by gig time, it was rather warm and sunny. Hip Pocket included Ellison (on alto, tenor, soprano and baritone saxophones plus flute), pianist Matt Bokulic, drummer Patricia Dean and bassist Don Mopsick. They presented a blend of jazz and holiday standards.
After a wonderful and poignant rendition of "White Christmas," Garber - a recent Florida transplant from Toronto - said: "I've decided there's nothing quite like a green Christmas and palm trees. It's spectacular." Nobody in the crowd of about 200 disagreed.