Bob Barnard & John Sheridan
Thanks A Million
Sackville SK 3067

Cornetist Bob Barnard and pianist John Sheridan first performed together when Bob was a guest with the Jim Cullum band in San Antonio. In April 2003 John was the international guest at Bob Barnard's Jazz Party in Melbourne, Australia. One of the event's highlights was their duet version of The Skeleton In The Closet. That performance led to this Toronto recording in September 2003. Two concerts and a TV appearance served as rehearsals for the two nights of music making. The repertoire evolved into a salute to the massive rhythmic and melodic contributions of Louis Armstrong and Bing Crosby to jazz and popular music in the Twentieth Century. Armstrong was the inspiration for You're Lucky To Me, Sleepy Time Down South, The Skeleton In The Closet, Samantha and I'm Shooting High. The Crosby items included Arkansas Lullaby, The Day You Came Along, Thanks and Please. The 16 selections also include I've Got A Crush On You (Lee Wiley had the definitive vocal interpretation of this song), Jelly Roll Morton's Sidewalk Blues and a Bob Wilber original (Black Moonlight).

 

 

 

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