Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Fri 2/21 & Tues 2/25

All right, Sid Caesar’s Cool Cees and Progress Hornsby sketches weren’t the hippest jazz humor ever, but he played tenor well enough to have toured with Claude Thornhill and he was doing jazz humor on mainstream television in its early Golden Age—sometimes even working in a drug reference: “I think I might be in daanger.” Larry Gelbart wrote the sketches with Sid, and when a mother with a nearsighted child wrote to complain about Cool Cees’ mockable bottle-thick glasses, they changed his name to the unimprovable Progress Hornsby. Okay, Sid Caesar in various guises accounts for less than ten minutes of this week’s show—that would be Updoc, Friday at 8PM and noon next Tuesday, Birdland time—and you will laugh out loud. I grew up on his comedy and still love him like the kid I was at the time. Otherwise this week, seasonal Vivaldi, Sylvie Courvoisier, Kip Hanrahan, Astor Piazzola, two raucous cuts from Pat Metheny’s new Unity Band CD, and a stunning French horn concerto by Thea Musgrave. And as always, hail Caesar, and this time, farewell.PacciCees 2

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