The Hear and Now

Clarinet Thing and the Stray Horns Play Ellington: The Hear and Now – April 20, 2017

Derk Richardson hosts a Duke Ellington mini-festival, with Clarinet Thing and the Stray Horns performing live in the KPFA studio– a preview of the “Celebrating Duke’s Birthday” concerts coming up on April 22 and April 29 at Musically Minded Academy in Oakland. (These will the last events in Jim Bennett’s In the Moment Concert Series at Musically Minded Academy in its current location; MMA lost its lease.)

Clarinet Thing (left) is Beth Custer, Ben Goldberg, Sheldon Brown, and Harvey Wainapel, all playing, yes, clarinets. The Stray Horns, named for Duke Ellington’s protege and collaborator, Billy Strayhorn, are leader, arranger, conductor David Slusser (soprano and baritone saxophone), Annelise Zamula (alto sax), Sheldon Brown (clarinet, tenor sax), Mara Fox (trombone), Peter Anastos (trumpet), Joe McKinley (bass), and Greg German (drums). Both bands will play live in the studio, with Tony Ferro engineering, and tickets to the concerts will be given away in the second hour of The Hear and Now.

Playlist

ArtistSongAlbumLabel
CLARINET THING and DAVID SLUSSER'S STRAY HORNSLive in the KPFA studioA Duke Ellington Birthday CelebrationTony Ferro, engineering, with Mickey Mayes
Thelonious Monk QuartetPannonicaLes Liasons Dangereuses 1960 (LP)Sam Records/Saga
Clarinet Thing (Beth Custer, Ben Goldberg, Sheldon Brown, Harvey Wainapel)Echoes of Harlem / Lotus Blossom / Black & Tan Fantasy / The MoocheLive in the KPFA studion.a.
Terry AllenWhatever Happened Jesus (and Maybelline)?Smokin' the DummySugar Hill
Danny BarnesFactory GirlStove UpWendell World
Terry AllenThe Wolf Man of Del RioLubbock (on Everything)Sugar Hill
Terry AllenNew Delhi Freight TrainLubbock (on Everything)Sugar Hill
Dave Slusser's Stray HornsDon't Get Around Much Anymore / Fleurette Africaine / Koko / Cold Duck for Cootie / Johnny Come Lately / The Mystery SongLive in the KPFA studion.a.
Elvis PresleyAll Shook Up (hit #1 on 4/20/57 and stayed there for 8 weeks)The Complete '50s MastersRCA

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