Evan Christopher and his band Clarinet Road put on a great show at Satchmo SummerFest 2014.
Christopher, who confessed between songs that he hasn’t been able to perform at Satchmo SummerFest in recent years because of his worldwide touring schedule, opened with a rarely recorded Louis Armstrong song called “Louie’s Dream.”
“It’s only been recorded a couple of times,” Christopher said of the composition. “Once by Louis Armstrong, and once by me.”
Bass player Don Vappie took the reins for a great rendition of Jelly Roll Morton’s “Buddy Bolden’s Blues,” which Christopher pointed out is especially poignant since the stage at the Old U.S. Mint was just a few blocks from where Morton was born on Frenchmen Street.
Christopher was back in the spotlight for Morton’s latin-infused “Mamamita.”
Christopher brought special attention to the recently deceased Lionel Ferbos, immortalized in a banner on the corner of the Satchmo SummerFest stage.
“The awesome thing about his vantage point is he gets to check out everything at once” Christopher said while pointing to the roof of the tent above the stage. “That’s pretty special.”