Buddy De Franco, Terry Gibbs and Herb Ellis bring at least a century and a half of jazz experience to Catalina Bar & Grill, where they appear through Sunday.
But De Franco, Gibbs and Ellis--who are in or approaching their 70s--showed no signs of slowing down during their opening set Tuesday. Performing as the Kings of Swing, they ripped through a mostly up-tempo program dedicated to the music of Benny Goodman.
De Franco was the first post-Swing era clarinetist to emerge after Goodman's glory years, but he is a far different type of musician and it was fascinating to hear him applying his finger-popping, chromatically tinged improvisations to some Goodman classics.
Both Gibbs and Ellis took a step away from the Goodman association--Gibbs with a marvelously fluid reading of "What's New," and Ellis with one of his characteristically slipping and sliding tours through the blues.