And how does that drummer work the drum pedals? Why, by removing her shoes and drumming barefoot, of course.
At least, that’s how pianist Junior Mance’s drummer kept time during his wonderful show at The Blue Room on April 4th.
I’ve heard Junior Mance on numerous recordings (he’s on my iPod backing Dizzy Gillespie and Jimmy Witherspoon, for starters) but this was my first chance to catch him live. And what a joyous night it was, a mix of ballads, blues and swing. You can find the Kansas City Star's review here.
Junior even came with midwest connections. His tenor saxophonist, Ryan Anselmi, is from KC and played while in high school with Jay McShann. And that high-heeled drummer, Kim Garey, hails from Hutchinson, Kansas.
In the photos below you’re going to see smiles. Because that night, everyone – musicians and audience – left The Blue Room with a wide one on their face.
Here’s a visual sampling of what we enjoyed (clicking on a photo should open a larger version of it):
Junior Mance playing piano
Junior and the saxes
Ryan Anselmi on tenor sax
Junior Mance on piano
Andrew Hadro on baritone sax
Junior Mance, enjoying a solo
The rhythm section
Hide Tanaka on bass
Junior Mance, more great piano
Kim Garey on drums