I was surprised when I saw Wycliffe come out with a trumpet - I could have sworn he was a trombone player. Oh duh, it's a Louis Armstrong tribute, of course the leader would be a trumpet player. It turns out my memory hadn't failed me, he just plays lots of instruments. That night he played trumpet, trombone, sousaphone, and at one point, his hands as a wind instrument.
When Wycliffe switched from trumpet to trombone he invited Jumaane Smith out to play trumpet. Jumaane stayed out for the duration. He's quite powerful. I wonder if he is from NOLA. Of course, Emily Asher was also playing trombone all night, so we were never missing it. I did like having 2 trombones up there when we had it.
There was also a female vocalist in the middle of the set. I didn't realize Louis did some music with Ella Fitzgerald. The vocalist was good and it was also good how they brought her up for a portion of the set and then she left the stage again. Wycliffe also did a good job with the Louis vocals.
Anat was also having fun doing some of the backup vocals. She was phenomenal on clarinet, soprano and alto saxes. I wanted to make sure to her to one of her sets.
It was a super awesome set and I'm really missing New Orleans.
Wycliffe Gordon Quintet & Friends
Hello Pops! The Music of Louis Armstrong
Wycliffe Gordon, trombone, trumpet, vocals, tuba; Anat Cohen, clarinet, tenor saxophone (Oct 25-27); Adrian Cunningham, clarinet, tenor saxophone (Oct 28-30); Aaron Diehl, piano; Corcoran Holt, bass; Marion Felder, drums; Nancy Harms, vocals; Jumaane Smith, trumpet; Emily Asher, trombone