Sideman Solos Returns

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I have been quiet for quite a spell.  The last time I wrote was to remember the Memorial Service/Jam Session for Doc Tenney.  Since then, others have gone.  Especially notable for us: Mose Allison; Mose had a wonderful sense of humor and we frequently play some of his songs toward the end of an evening.

And Rusty Jones.  Rusty was a friend and musical colleague of Eddie Piccard’s from the beginning.  Later in his career, he played with many well-known stars of the jazz world.  Among them: George Shearing, Marian McPartland.  His great uncle was Isham Jones, bandleader and composer of “It Had To Be You,” “There Is No Greater Love,” and several others.

We played several gigs with Rusty, most noticeably our annual appearance at the Jazz Vespers in the Chicago area.

Still, the music goes on and we had a swinging end of the year.  In August the Eddie Piccard Quintet appeared at the KCCK-sponsored Jazz Under the Stars concert.  That was a very special kick for me because we played Lionel Hampton’s “Flying Home”–and my solo was filmed.  Yes, I grew up listening to Hamp and to Illinois Jacquet.  Just click below on IMG 0120.


We played some private parties, and then KCCK invited us to appear at their First Friday in Jazz series at the Opus Café in Cedar Rapids in early November.  The music was a joy and there was a special bonus for me.  One of my students from many years ago was there–Jan Sellen (her name back then).  I still remember the first paper I got from her.