I had the pleasure of catching this group of New Orleans-based ragamuffins called "Loose Marbles" playing for dancers last night in Manhattan. They make such a joyous, hot jazzy noise, led by Meschiya Lake on vocals. Meschiya eschews the mic and just belted all night into the crowded room. The percussion section looks like a bit a junk lying on the floor that the trumpet player leans over and bangs on with a stick.
I was there mostly to listen. Their music is best suited to balboa and fast charlestons, which aren’t my forté by a stretch. I’d rather concentrate on their musicianship anyway, which is raw but tight.
I’m happy to see them playing for dancers in a club near Penn Station. But I’d really rather be squatting on a sidewalk in the French Quarter with all the other onlookers, as Loose Marbles swings for loose change.
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Will the clarinet player I spoke to yesterday in Washington Sq Park please contact me–I’d like to send him my old Albert clarinet.
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Hi – I am Michael, or Mike – worked for the Dukes of Dixieland and Disney playing the style I hope I’m looking for.
I was referred to you by a fan – she thought I would be an asset to your band.
I play plectrum banjo and stride piano.
Check out my webpage:
CDs are available for your review.
I’m just looking for someone who thinks the same way that I do…
Just love the loose marbles!!!
Then I saw your video of the Swedish team. They are great too.