Rebekah plays clarinet and sings. Dan handles tenor sax. Dave plays bass. Louise is on piano. Andy plays drums and Jim plays guitar. It is Saturday afternoon after three.
This audience comes to drink beer, watch sports on TV, gossip and network. The music, as Rebekah reminds everyone softly, has to be soft.
The band’s music comes from ” The Great American Songbook. ” Composers of the songbook are Jerome Kern,Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Vernon Duke, Rodgers and Hart and others. They composed before and after World War 2 and moved music from concert halls to dance floors.
Clarinet and Tenor Sax sound good together and Rebekah’s vocal reminds me that I should sing more on my Alto Sax.
Having lyrics you can understand is refreshing but these melodies are almost too sentimental, nostalgic, hopeful and sweet for our rough edged times.
In them, I hear Broadway, see men in tuxedos and women in black gowns, see servicemen returning from World War 2 to marry waiting sweethearts and start a family, see fashionable ladies and gentlemen at a table in a dark night club with little candles flickering on the white linen tabletop.