Everybody showed up to honor Tommy Lipuma's 75th! (Tommy, Leon Russell, Joe Sample)
It even started out fun.
Imagine! The house band was Louis Nash, Ricky Peterson (Paul Mitchell keeping everyone sounding good) Christian MacBride, and Joe Sample. Sheesh.
Christian and Randy Crawford at rehearsal.
Set List? Impossible.
Claude Nobs, the guy that started it all, and Pat.
Leon Russell, checking out Diana Krall's sound check.
Dr. John and Pat, he looked up at one point; "that ok, ya think?" (pat and I are in tears) "yeah, that'll do."
Tommy got to emcee a bit and tell a story about each of these masterful artists and how he came to discover and produce them.
Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks scared themselves!!
Benson, Sanborn and Russell. Lost in "this masquerade."
Joe Sample and David Sanborn. Just like old times.
Randy Crawford. "Imagine" on the big screen.
Dr. John casting his spell.
We love you Tommy. What a treat to have witnessed this magical night. Happy Birthday.