Here’s another Al Hirt video. This is his version I would listen to over and over when I was about 11 years old. This is probably the best Al Hirt video I have seen. If any of us tried ever tried to play this piece at this tempo, there would be a disaster somewhere. He was amazing at not falling apart when playing these tunes at these tempos.
This is the Ft. Worth Symphony performing at the Fort Worth Main Street Festival 4/20/2018. Because you can’t record their performances indoors, outdoors is the only way to preserve what they sound like. Our society is getting so used to hearing only amateur musicians, it’s nice when the public can hear real professional musicians. It’s a different experience when the pros do it.
The afternoon of the concert on 4/14/2018 we asked Doc and Alan Baylock to come to the museum for an hour to meet the public in a short question and answer session. This is a brief excerpt from that session. I think Doc wants us to open up the ballroom for dances someday, and he said he would be the first to volunteer to play for the dance! My dad actually held a few dances there when his antique museum opened around 1986. However, I don’t plan to hold dances there at his point.
For eight years I wanted to do a jazz concert to go along with our jazz museum in Sherman, and in 2018 we finally did the first one. I wanted The North Texas One O’Clock Lab Band to play and to backup a great jazz artist. I also wanted the director, Alan Baylock, and the band perform with someone they were excited to perform with, so I asked Alan to help choose someone. It was a long shot, but we decided to go with Doc Severinsen, who was 90 years old, but still sounded great. Hopefully, Doc would agree and he did. This was the closing tune of the concert. Doc and the band sounded great! The concert was on 4/14/2018 at Kidd-Key auditorium in Sherman, TX.