CLASS OF 1953 MEMORIAL TRADITIONAL JAZZ CONCERT
No doubt many of our classmates recall hearing superb Traditional (or “Dixieland”) Jazz in New Orleans, or at the Club Hangover in San Francisco, or at the 1111 Club in Chicago, or at Jimmy Ryan’s, Nick’s, or Eddie Condon’s in New York City. This concert was presented in January 2016 to the residents of Kendal at Hanover (NH), who include Nick Heyniger, Hal Hiser, Annah Pytte, by your secretary, John Stone. It is reproduced here in memory of our Class Website Manager CHARLIE BARHAM, who passed away in February, and of all our deceased classmates who would have loved to have been honored in this way.
George Buck, founder of Jazzology in 1949 (Jazzology, GHB and other labels), wrote about the CD of this concert as follows: “In my humble opinion, this is one of the most exciting jazz concerts we have ever recorded…”
Instructions for listening
For single-person listening:
1. Connect a good-quality pair of earphones to the computer’s 1/8” earphone jack. Normally this will provide excellent quality sound.
2. Click on a YouTube link picture in the concert below to listen to the tune you choose. When the tune ends, or when you wish to stop it, click on the picture again and click the next picture you wish to hear.
You can switch from normal screen to full screen view by clicking in the square box on the lower right corner of the screen image. Press escape to return to normal screen.
For multi-person listening – if you have the necessary cables and connectors:
For video: connect computer to TV with HDMI or RGB connector cable
For audio: you will need cables and connectors to link the 1/8” earphone outlet on your computer to RCA audio plugs to a CD or comparable input on your receiver or audio system (or TV if it has decent audio).
If you have a 1/8” stereo audio plug splitter, it might be possible for two persons to listen with earphones. I haven’t tried it.
Class of 1953 Memorial Traditional Jazz Concert
“Eddie Condon Tribute”
Aka “Jammin’ for Condon”
The music in this concert was recorded (1) in the tiny country of San Marino in June 2000 and (2) at the world famous Ascona Jazz Concert on Lago Maggiorre, Switzerland on July 4, 2001. The music features cornet player Ed Polcer ’58, who played for 1953 at our 45th Reunion. He closed his performance at our Reunion with “Hindustan”, a rousing number which you will hear twice in this 1953 Memorial Concert – once in a traditional seven piece band, and once in a stunning “double front line” jam session.
The music starts here. Click on the picture (URL link) to listen. Click on it again to stop. Then click on the next picture (URL link) to choose the next number. There may be other ways to navigate between tunes that I have not yet learned!
1. There’ll Be Some Changes Made – Ed Polcer, Alan Vache, Bob Havens – There may be a long ad at beginning. Sorry. There will be a jam session version of this number later in the program. There are some audio disconnects in this and some of the other numbers.
2. Hindustan – a normal-sized band as played at Eddie Condon’s 60 – 70 years ago – Polcer ‘58, Vache, Havens. I apologize for another ad at beginning. Recorded in San Marino, July 2000. Ed played this number to close our 45th Reunion concert. A jam session of this number from the 2001 Ascona concert will follow immediately. (9:00)
(Note: Recorded volume on the following is higher than the two above. Adjust volume.)
The following numbers were recorded at the Ascona Jazz Festival on July 5, 2001. Several of these numbers are “jam sessions” in contrast to the standard “single front line” Dixieland bands.
You will recognize only Polcer and Patruno from the first two numbers.
3. Hindustan – Jam Session – Ascona, Lake Maggiore, Switzerland,7/5/ 2001 – Polcer again, but note the double front lines – contrast in energy – Watch for great back & forths between trumpets, trombones, reeds, etc. Decreasing # of bars. Note especially the Baker – Polcer back and forth. Amazing crescendo at end. Excellent! Alas, Tom Baker died suddenly in the Netherlands on October 23, 2001. (8:14)
4. You Took Advantage of me – a change of pace, includes a vocalist – smaller band – part of Lino Patruno’s jam session – Red Pellini, Jim Galloway from Scotland, Tom Baker USA citizen living in AUS. (4:33)
5. There’ll Be Some Changes Made – very bad synchronization sound to video – video up to 30 seconds late. Note switch from one foursome to the other prior to ensemble jam session. (10:06)
6. I’m Confessing That I Love You – standard sized band selected from the jam session participants: Pellini, Dan Barrett, Ed Polcer, Evan Christopher (8:00)
7. Linger Awhile – three trombones, no cornet or reed: Dan Barrett, Tom Baker, and Michael Supnick. Not a typical “jam session” with double front line, but an interesting variation. (9:12)
8. The Sheik of Araby – another variation from the normal – four trumpets, no trombone or reed – marvelous series of solos – Baker, Barrett, Polcer and Supnick. Polcer plays an outstanding cornet solo. (4:30)
9. I Want To Be Happy – our closing number, one of my favorites – full jam session – you can see Condon & Gene Schroeder briefly at beginning – note superb back & forth with Polcer and Baker on cornets – also Galloway and Christopher on reeds: A great closing number. Let’s all be Happy! (9:01)
END of CLASS OF 1953 MEMORIAL JAZZ CONCERT
Another Ascona concert number:
Singing the Blues
Lino Patruno’s concert featuring Luca Velotti, Jim Galloway, Tom Baker and Michael Supnick
Ascona Jazz Festival, or Jazz Ascona, is an annual Jazz Festival held in Ascona, Switzerland. The 10-day festival, from late June to early July takes place on the Swiss shores of Lake Maggiore and is devoted to historical styles of jazz and in particular to the music of New Orleans. Under the artistic direction of Nicolas Gilliet, Jazz Ascona features more than 200 concerts and 300 artists, and specials events such as: gospel choirs, jam sessions, exhibits, conferences, and films. Considered one of the most important European Jazz Festivals, Jazz Ascona attracts enthusiasts  from all over the globe.
See more at: http://www.jazzascona.ch/index.php/en/the-festival/history#sthash.AwrOaprN.dpuf
To purchase a CD of the Ascona, Switzerland jazz concert, with many of the numbers from this Kendal concert, visit the following website.
About Ed Polcer
Ed Polcer, Princeton Class of 1958, is recognized as one of the world’s finest jazz musicians. Winner of numerous awards, he played at the wedding of Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier at Monaco while still an undergraduate at Princeton. After performing at Monaco and subsequently at Carnegie Hall, Ed gave up thoughts of a potential professional baseball career, or an engineering career, and focused on his music. He has played for five US presidents, including a performance at the Congressional Ball during the Clinton administration. His fans have found him performing at Princeton reunions virtually every year since his graduation.
The CD related to our concert was also called the “Eddie Condon Tribute” to match the title of the concert in Ascona, Switzerland, and the fact that Ed Polcer co-owned and performed at the Eddie Condon Jazz Club in New York after Condon’s death. John Stone believes that there are other Kendal residents who treasure memories of this kind of music from jazz clubs in New York City in the forties through sixties, such as Eddie Condon’s club on West 3rd Street, or Nick’s at 7th Avenue and 17th Street, or Jimmy Ryan’s on West 52nd Street. Some of the selections for this concert are available on CDs.