It was one week left ‘til the Lee Perry gig at the Cedar (backed by Subatomic Sound System!) and we bookended the opening set of the “Ooh” with a pair of classic Scratch skas (Wishes of the Wicked and Do the Push Push). We reprised “Suzie’s” Swedish-produced Lolli-knockoff “My Cup of Tea” (and we are starting to ponder just how many MBL-influenced knockoffs (not straight-up covers) actually exist… that’ll take some digging. We wrapped up the hour with summa that ollll’ moooooon stompin’! from Roy Ellis’ old band Symarip before back-announcing over some Ska from Studio 5. …Sherwood careened from Horace Silver to Teddy Mertens… …to Hank Marr to Shiina Ringo on his way to Space Station no. 9 (in a Capsule, of course)… and from there, also to the Moon. Oh, and about the Moon… the home of Neil Armstrong’s famous boot prints also turns up in one of the 4(+1)@4 (“hot ska-naries” this week) in a Cabernet Deneuve song! Sakura & the Quests Twisted the GotchaSKAllipop, Prince Fatty & Mutant Hifi had a Nagila, and Giuliano Palma came in from the cold. ‘Bout time, it’s darn near summer!
Vocalist Lee Engele came by to talk about her appearance with New Orleans clarinet master Evan Christopher this evening. New music from Zacc Harris Group and Tessa Souter. Classic tunes from Ella, Cannonball, Jimmy Scott, Grant Green, Johnny Hodges, and Randy Weston. And of course, something from Mingus.