Out my balcony overlooking JFK, the rain crosses the ridge and keeps the morning commuters on edge as Mozart wakens me to the realization that RiverFest might be a wash. I hope not, as I intend to catch Rev. Al Green, Trout Fishing in America and Little Feat among others during this weekend’s festivities. But if the weather won’t cooperate, at least I can listen to something old and something new as I prepare my calendar for upcoming shows.
If you didn’t find any coverage of the Jazz Hall of Fame dinner in the Demi-zette or on the tube, don’t be surprised. At a table reserved for the press, I sat alone with my favorite Jazz neophyte for 30 minutes waiting for the festivities to begin. A lady at the table behind us asked to move to our table for a better view. Considering the extensive press coverage for the night (me), I invited them to share the view.
Following a tribute to Ninth Street by KABF station director John Cain, The Arkansas Jazz Heritage Hall of Fame Trio (Dave Rogers on drums, Joe Vick on bass, and Dale Kriner on piano) treated the crowd to songs from Duke Ellington and Count Basie with the help of John Bush on saxophone and Walter Henderson on flugelhorn (that man can blow!). Kriner stayed on stage to play Scott Joplin’s ragtime piano following a presentation by Jazz Heritage Foundation President CeCe Rich. Unfortunately, many in the audience took this opportunity to gab so much that it occasionally eclipsed Kriner’s playing. What a shame. Continue reading