[Dixielandjazz] "Mo Money in Dixieland" (the band)
Artwoo at aol.com
Artwoo at aol.com
Tue Apr 1 02:56:57 PST 2003
This band was mentioned in a recent post. The group plays at the "No Name
Bar" in Sausalito on Sun afternoons and having some free time yesterday, I
decided to check them out.
Mal Sharpe, famous for his "Man in the Street" interviews in the 1960s in San
Francisco is the leader and front man of the band. Mal also hosts a radio
show every Sun.nite on KCSM, 91.1FM, San Mateo, Ca. It is a combination of
call in and anecdotal information about the current and past jazz scene of
the SF Bay Area. Tune in if you can; it's a fun show.
Mal has put together a very entertaining musical group among whom were: Clint
Baker, string bass, Tom Buck, cornet, Carl Lunsford, banjo, Pete Devine,
washboard and Chinese blocks, and a reedman whose name I can't recall.
Picture this: a cozy bar (no smoking per Calif. law), a blend of tourists
and appreciative jazzbo's, gorgeous ambiance...Sausalito...and a great band!
Can it get any better?
A word about the personnel: Tom Buck, Jack Buck's son is an outstanding
melodic cornetist who has a unique, powerful yet tasty approach. Carl
Lunsford, banjo, projects a clear concept with precise strumming which blends
well with Clint Baker's solid bass line. Pete Devine is an entertaining
percussionist assuming a unique posture of leaning into his equipment which
consists of washboard, Chinese Blocks, 2 splash cymbals, and snare and small
bass drum. He provides clever accentual touches with an underlying sense of
humor. Pete listens carefully and responds to the melody while keeping a
delicate pulse to keep the group together.
The unknown clarinet man complemented the melodic duties and matched the
strength of the cornet. He also played sop sax with impeccable intonation.
Mal Sharpe plays boldly with traces of Jim Robinson and Vic Dickenson. Mal
is a showman. He is a lumbering fellow of about 6' 4" always glancing at the
audience trying to transmit a bit of joy.
I have no connection with this band other than becoming a new fan and
hopefully a repeat customer.
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