“Evenin’,” Jimmy Rushing sang with Basie and Prez in 1936, “every night you come and you find me….”

I could hear Rushing in my mind’s ear as we looked out across the deck, the garden shed roof and the neighborhood trees to Ahtanum Ridge reflecting the sun still blazing at 7:30.

What could follow that? Thelonious Monk could, with the other great evening song in jazz. Here’s Monk alone playing “Crepuscule With Nellie” in Berlin in 1969.

I hope that you had a nice evening, too.

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