I miss Beena‘s place as much as the next jazz fan…
But a quick perusal of our town’s weekly Jazz Calendar (devotedly compiled, I might add with a hefty thank you, by piano whiz Roger Wilder) reminds that, Phoenix-like (the bird, not the club on 9th Street), jazz establishments do rise out of the ashes.
***Tonight, for instance, you can catch that master of the B-3 Everette DeVan with Dionne Jeroue at the Green Lady Lounge, 18th and Grand, from 8 to 11. I don’t know the room– comment back if you’ve been there– but anything on 18th Street would seem to have deep jazz roots.
***Thursday from 9 to midnight, the Kill Devil Club in the Power & Light District offers up a slick ensemble grounded in drummer Brandon Draper‘s study beat. Kill Devil is above the now departed Fran’s, where the much-missed Peachtree used to be (why they moved those tasty bread baskets from 18th and Vine to P&L remains a mystery).
The Intercontinental on the Plaza is back with a music policy– Lonnie McFadden rules that roost from 7 to 10. And you can catch Max
Groove at Piropos in Briarcliff– so jazz is alive and well in the Northland!
Thursday is also the date pianist Amina Figarova and her Septet hold court at the Blue Room in the 18th and Vine District. Did you know jazz was alive and well in Azerbaijan? Ms Figarova, a gifted (and fetching)
pianist/composer, offers up living proof. Check her out on her first US tour.
***Friday we’re back to one of the usual haunts.
The winsome Angela Hagenbach graces Chaz at the Raphael from 7 to 11. And the Green Lady keeps it going with Mark Lowrey from 9 to midnight.
***Saturday, Bassist Matthew Rybicki plays the Folly Jazz Series at 8, with an onstage interview opening the show at 7; local faves Matt Otto and Stan Kessler will be sharing the stage with the nationally-renowned Rybicki. Shay Estes brings her soulful songstress stylings to the Kill Devil, while way out South, another relative newcomer– the Take 5 Coffee Bar at 151st and Nall– presents bass master (the instrument, not the fish) Gerald Spaits fronting a combo from 8 to 10. Piropos offers up Michael Pagan from 2 to 5 and Mike Ning and Sherri Brummet 7 to 11.
That ain’t so bad.
I sure miss Jardine’s– a great place to listen to music– but there’s still plenty of jazz to go round this week and pretty much every week in our neck of the woods.