Editor’s Note: Recently At The Cliff Dwellers, it was blue and sentimental only part of the time when bassist Joe Palicastro led the tribute to Count Basie’s great All-American Rhythm Section. Joining Joe was Pete Benson on piano, Andy Brown on guitar, and Neil Hemphill on drums. The second set ended with the Basie classics Blue and Sentimental. A few bars in, look for the infectious smile and flick of the tongue on guitarist Andy Brown’s face as he savors the delicate pace of this quintessential Basie composition.
As usual, this Live Jazz At The Cliff Dwellers performance was organized by the Club’s leading jazz aficionado, Lindsay Huge. Before introducing the group’s two sets, Lindsay proved his singular devotion to the Count’s music by proudly showing the crowd a poster-size picture of his dog named “Basie.” Though some thought it a close call, the crowd consensus seemed to be that Lindsay was better looking than Basie. Joe Palicastro’s group closed the memorable evening of Count Basie’s music with April in Paris.