Yvonne’s on the Hill
An Afternoon of Jazz

Date and Venue Sunday, August 18, 2019, 5pm – 7pm | Diefenbaker Wynd, Tswassen

Musicians David Hazeltine - piano, Cory Weeds - saxophone, Jessie Cahill - percussion and Ken Lister - bass

Reviewer John Jane

In the private home of a jazz enthusiast, who, I know only as Yvonne, I had the pleasure of being one of about fifty invited guests to listen to four musicians at the top of their game. In between a lot of good-natured banter and in-jokes, we were treated to a repertoire of tunes that included well known jazz standards and some so new that were only known to the musicians themselves – including a composition by Corey Weeds that he hadn’t got around to giving a title yet.

The guys, while not a ‘formal’ quartet obviously knew each other well, kicked off with a Jimmy Van Heusen tune “It Could Happen to you.” This was quickly followed by another Jimmy Van Heusen tune “Nancy with the Laughing Eyes.” Many (wrongly) assume the song was composed specifically for Frank Sinatra's daughter (including Frank himself at one point). Nonetheless, we were informed that it was Betty Weeds’ (Corey’s Mom) favourite song.

Next, a pleasing tune composed by Bill Weeds with the curious title “Sterling Silver Sailboat.” The tune comes with an interesting anecdote about a friend of the composer, who as a young girl was given a dime by the ‘tooth faerie’ every time she lost a tooth. The title actually refers to the Bluenose schooner on the ‘tails side’ of the Canadian dime. The guys ended the first set with a tune that just about everyone knew – Queen of Tin Pan Alley Bernice Petkere’s “Lullaby of the Leaves.”

Following some light refreshment for musicians and audience, the foursome got going with “Nobody Else but me” from Showboat and “Tangerine,” a tune written by Johnny Mercer, though, Corey Weeds acknowledged personal inspiration from Scott Hamilton.

Another song made popular by Frank Sinatra “Day by Day” (I always preferred the Jo Stafford interpretation) gave each musician an opportunity to feature a solo section that produced appreciative applause. The afternoon of listening to first-rate musicianship in a comfortable, intimate setting ended (too soon) with New York based piano virtuoso David Hazeltine’s self-penned “Relatively Minor.”

© 2019 John Jane