ONE of the best, (if not THE best) jazz blogs in the world , Jazz Lives, had a recent post about multi-instrumentalist Andy Schumm making possibly his first public performance on the comb and newspaper. Here Andy plays “Girls Like You Were Meant For Boys Like Me” at a Tribute to Bix Beiderbecke Jazz Festival in Racine, Wisconsin in March 2012.
Some of us may have been wise, lucky enough to hear Andy and drummer, Josh Duffee during their highly successful Australian tour in April 2011. Under the banner of The Hot Jazz Alliance, Andy and Josh together with four local talents – Michael McQuaid, Jason Downes, John Scurry and Leigh Barker – visited 3 states and the ACT. Melbourne’s share of the goodies was at the Paris Cat on April 7th and the Bix Lives concert at Melba Hall, University of Melbourne on April 8th. I haven’t got any footage of either of these gigs, but here’s the group playing “Somebody Stole My Gal” on Wednesday 20 April at Club Cursley, near Cobargo, NSW.
Lineup: Michael McQuaid, clarinet; Andy Schumm, cornet; Jason Downes, alto sax; John Scurry, guitar; Leigh Barker, bass and Josh Duffee, drums.