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Benny Goodman Tribute at The Cajun

- Jazz and Cabaret Corner

Benny Goodman Tribute
(Benny Goodman Bio)
Stan Rubin Swing Era Band
(Rubin Website)
Featuring Dan Levinson
(Levinson Website)

At
Jazz at the Cajun
(The Cajun Website)
129 Eighth Avenue
NY, NY 10011
212.691.6174
Hosts, Arlene and Herb


Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
July 8, 2004

Tonightís first and second sets of the Benny Goodman tribute at The Cajun (a fantastic restaurant with a New Orleans, Mardi Gras ambiance) began with Blue Skies. Peter Hyde played a tantalizing trumpet solo along with Dan Levinsonís solo on clarinet. Molly Ryan joined in with vivacious vocals, and the band evoked the sound of resonant bagpipes. A steady Swing dance rhythm was soon created, and Dan Levinsonís incredible and endless melodies developed into a conversation with other musicians. I soon heard the theme of The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, as well as more ethnic selections.

Molly Ryan has the crooning ability of the signature performers of the 30ís and 40ís, and the musicians added exotic, Eastern embellishments. I thought I heard a Belly Dance in a brief, percussive passage. A red hot, Swing followed, and Stomping at the Savoy was smooth and melodic with clarinet charisma. Blasts of brass and prolonged percussion preceded cowbells and sensational trumpet solos. Sing, Sing, Sing, one of my favorites, included some of the highest sounding, clarinet creations and piano riffs that merged to add new energy and romance to a familiar Swing number.

If Dreams Come True, with evocative trombones and Levinsonís clarinet, was played at the original Benny Goodman 1938 Carnegie Hall concert. The following piece had trumpet blasts with rapid and soaring rhythms. Trombone solos and piano passages were lively and upbeat, just before a quartet of saxophones and the clarinet made me want to dance. (But, The Cajun is not a dance restaurant). Stardust, an Artie Shaw (now 94) arrangement, was opened by Peter Hyde on trumpet, with Guest Artist, Bob Curtis, on clarinet. Back Bay Shuffle, with an initial drum flourish, presented saxophones and trombones in alternating themes.

Jazz at the Cajun is a great Club for food and music, every night and weekend brunch.




Dan Levinson on Clarinet
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower


Jeff Bush on Trombone
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower


Stan Rubin Swing Orchestra
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower


Stan Rubin Swing Orchestra
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower


Stan Rubin Swing Orchestra
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower


Stan Rubin Swing Orchestra
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower


Dan Levinson on Clarinet
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower


Peter Hyde on Trumpet
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower


Bob Curtis on Clarinet
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower


Stan Rubin Swing Orchestra
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower






For more information, contact Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower at zlokower@bestweb.net