Ellen Lease and Pat Moriarty came by to talk about their upcoming performance with Adam Linz and Phil Hey. They will be playing free music at Studio Z in Lowertown, Saint Paul. That is, they will be improvising without charts or tunes. They brought along a couple of examples of spontaneously improvised music to give listeners an idea of what to expect. I also played new tunes from Rhoda Scott and Catherine Russell, as well as classics from Gillespie, Air, Machito, and more….
After this week’s 1st-gen oldies set, the mighty Tokyo Ska delivers the first of 4 rounds with a track from pretty deep in their own history, Hurry Up!! from Moods for Tokyo Ska. Later, you hear ‘em backing Rico here and Ringo there, and bringing the symphony (and the surf!) on Ai no Sanka with Strings… coffee, anyone? André Popp, B. Bumble, Tipsy and Harry Partch help provide the soundtrack in the Voovie Doo Lounge, and the mysterious Fizzy sings the Lolli rerun-of-the-week after another never-before-played-on-RSST 4(+1)-in-a-row (all Japanese cuts, btw), and live, from Argentina… The Skatalites! Bravissimo!
The members of Snowblind came by and performed 2 songs live in the studio. We heard them do Sleepers and Dark Mambo. I played new music from Stanton Moore, Henry Allen, Catherine Russell, and Charlie Hunter, as well as older pieces from Oliver Nelson, Fats Waller, Dave Fathead Newman, and more….