|Lamb, Russell, Leeds|
Russell, now 24, has been capturing attention for his jazz violin mastery since age 9. He was a marvel again on this whirlwind visit.
The band gelled beautifully.
- Russell and Leeds' masterful melodic doubling on violin and clarinet on the 1918 Original Dixieland Jass Band's "Fidgety Feet," and George and Ira Gershwin's "S'Wonderful."
- Russell's afternoon features included an exotic twist to the Great American Songbook classic "Autumn Leaves" that set the melody to a sultry samba beat. It was different, well done, and drew a standing ovation from many of the 150 or so jazz fans in the room.
- Jestadt was featured with Russell on "Caravan," which became a drums-dominant excursion. As they traded solos back and forth, it became a clinic in musical dynamics.
- Lamb and Russell's simpatico on Duke Ellington's "In A Mellow Tone."
Leeds' holiday humor came when he introduced one song as being inspired by the Nativity's visiting Magi. The tune? "I Found a New Baby." After that one, he and the band offered a bit of "We Three Kings" before shifting into "The Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives To Me."
Carman's wife, Nancy, joined the band early in the second set for two tasty Christmas tunes. It was an unexpected holiday treat.
The concert at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Venice was part of producer Morrie Trumble's Jazz With Morrie series.
|Carman, Jestadt, Lamb, Russell, Leeds|