Nathansons theatre is all about the bars characters. Scored with tangos, a saxophone quartet, funk, organ grease, and Jazz Passengers circus music, the musical vignettes shed light on the tragic night of the fire, hint at relationships and turmoil, before disappearing into the smoke. Nancy King and Kenny Washington sing/scat Bar Stool Paradise ala Moodys Mood For Love at true lush life where a few drinks create eternal love, at least for tonight.
Nathanson casts his musical theatre with top musicians and eclectic styles. Where else can a B3, as if in a make believe jazz night, play opposite a cello and Dobro kid song next to a love song between two gay particle physicists? Somehow Elvis Costellos voice has become the narration of our times and Harrys graduation from Blondie signals a collective call for all of us to grow up already. Nathanson has given us the postmodern-Cheers, then burned it to the ground. See, jazz can be fun music, it can be theatre, and it can tell stories.
Track List: Fire Suite 1; Fire Suite 2; Fire Suite 3; Bar Stool Paradise; Last Call; Jazz Night At Keatons; A Bend In The Night; Carol Ann; Toast Quartet; Loss; Cups; Fire Suite Reprise.
Personnel: Roy Nathanson Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone; Elvis Costello Vocals; Cyrus Chestnut Piano; Brad Jones Bass; Erik Friedlander Cello; E.J. Rodriguez Drums, Congas, Percussion; Sam Furnace Baritone Saxophone; Jay Rodriguez Tenor Saxophone; Ned Rothenberg Alto Saxophone; Bill Ware Vibes, Hammond B3 Organ, Piano; Marc Ribot Guitar; Ben Perowsky Drums; Nancy King Vocals; Kenny Washington Vocals; Charles Earland Hammond B3 Organ; Richard Butler Vocals; Deidre Rodman Piano; Hector del Curto Bandonion; Rob Thomas Violin; Curtis Fowlkes Trombone; Rob Johnson Trumpet; David Driver Vocals; Darius de Haas Vocals; Anthony Coleman Piano; Corey Harris
Vocals; David Gilmore Guitar; Danny Blume Programming; Chris Kelly Programming; Bob Appel Background Vocals; Greg Thompsom Backing Vocals; Juan Coco de Jesus Vocals; Mike Marshal Dobro; Deborah Harry Vocals; Marcus Rojas Tuba;