Reunion at the Bach
Yesterday saw a sold-out show at The Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society in Half Moon Bay. A trio of Bruce Forman, John Clayton, and Jeff Hamilton gave us all a treat. Throughout the show, in addition to fabulous music, we got a jazz history lesson.
Each of these senior musicians told us how they started in the business and who their mentors had been. Among others, Bruce: Barney Kessel; John Clayton: Ray Brown; Jeff Hamilton: Shelly Manne. To my ears, the stories and history were as good as the music.
What blew me away was the information that Bruce was playing Barney Kessel’s guitar (Kessel died in 2004), and John was playing Ray Brown’s bass (Brown died in 2002).
Enter: Photography. As it turns out, I had photographed each of these musicians at the Monterey Jazz Festival sometime in the near to distant past. I made a print for each one and presented the photos to Barbara, the club owner, to give to the musicians. My hope was, they would all say, “Amazing. Bring that talented photographer to the Green Room so we can meet him.” Hmmm, didn’t happen. Here are the photos:
During the intermission, Mary and I talked to Bruce whom we knew from times in the past when he played at several of our PowerSpeaking events.
I reminded Bruce I play drums. He said, “Hey wanna sit in after the break?” I said, “Of course, but I didn’t bring my sticks.” We both acknowledged that was too bad, and had a big laugh.
It was an unforgettable show with lots of memories. BTW, if you are a jazz fan, you might want to put The Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society on your “don’t miss” list. Without question, the best jazz club I’ve ever been too, including the Jazz Workshop, The Village Vanguard, The Both And, Keystone Korner, the Black Hawk, and El Matador.