Saturday, August 31, 2013

Do you have any idea...(maybe, but certainly not as many as Allen Kanovsky!)


Submitted by Al Kanovsky 8/31/13

...of the number of superlatives there are in the English language. I am a gambling man and I will venture a .wager that there are well over 100. In my review of the music generated by Silvano Monasterios and the band at Arts Garage last night I would have to use every single one. The band!!!! Rudolfo Zuniga playing drums, John Dadurka on the upright bass and Jose Gregorio playing Latin percussion including temple bells, cajone and tambor. The music played, all Silvano originals from his last album as well as the next release, hopefully before Christmas. These musicians are amongst the most creative JAZZ men I have ever heard. During the first set, Silvano revealed his tender side with "Songs For Jacques" a brilliant composition displaying every emotion and dynamic that can be heard in music. During an interview with the Real Tracy Fields the other night, Silvano had mentioned that record producers didn't like tracks that ran more than 7 minutes. On the CD, the song is separated into 2 parts. Last night it was played in its original form and held the audience breathless. The band played some others including "Eternal Blue Sky", "Unconditional", "Pearl" and "Bluey Red". It was the first time I had heard from John and Jose. Musicianship at its very best. In my conversation with Silvano about the musical influences in his life, he thoughtfully replied that it was his father was who brought him to music. His Dad was a physician who loved to play self-taught piano. When Silvano was 4 years old, his father bought a piano for the home and played it in every spare moment. Observing the pleasure his father derived from that activity it set Silvanos' path. He studied at the conservatory in Caracas and got his degrees at the University of Miami. A note of interest about influence on children. Silvano's dad brought a piano home---I brought a pool table. The tambora that Jose played is a 2 sided drum that is played on one side with a stick, the other with the fingers and hand. It was originally developed for playing the rhythms of merengue.

Prior to last night, most of the performances I had heard from Silvano were at dedicated JAZZ venues.

The style of play, was somewhat different last night but still included his mastery of the piano. I would like to have you read a poem I had written for him in 2010.    All rights reserved
Silvano
Allen Kanovsky November 2010
Just ten long fingers
Only eighty eight keys
 It seems as if I hear
a thousand notes played
in a four beat
measure
Yes, ten long fingers
just eighty eight keys
black and white, sharp and flat
 a thousand notes
played with heart, soul and
pleasure
There’s only one cat
who can do it
Creating long lyrical arpeggios
They somehow seem so mysterious
 That is the genius of Silvano,
Silvano Monasterios

To a true genius of jazz, who brings immeasurable joy into our lives
Flo Eisenberg and Allen Kanovsky

Arts Garage.

Al's Disclaimer:
A short note: The reason I write this is because I love music and words. I do not book acts. I do not promote acts. I do not accept invitations to review artists. I go to venues of my own choice. When and where is not influenced by anything other than who I would like to hear that night or day. If I don't like what I hear, I won't write about it. When I like it I let you all know. I never mention a name without asking permission. "Pardon me, Miss. Would you like to dance?"       


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JAZZ & BLUES FLORIDA September 2013 Edition Posted – Your FREE guide to live jazz & blues in Florida


The September, 2013 online edition of JAZZ & BLUES FLORIDA has been posted at www.JazzBluesFlorida.com in a new easy-to-read format. The issue is also in an easily down-loadable .pdf file format. The JBF monthly ezine gives our readers previews of local and touring artists with upcoming performances throughout Florida. Along with the ezine, the JBF website offers comprehensive listings of live jazz and blues music in clubs, concerts and festivals across the state. This month's features are:

·         Andy T & Nick Nixon
·         George Porter Jr. & the Runnin' Pardners
·         Konrad Paszkudzki Trio
·         Larry Coryell
·         Markus Gottschlich
·         Mud Morganfield/Claudette King
·         New Orleans Suspects
·         Pablo Gil
·         Sugawack
·         The Cazanovas
·         Uri Gurvitch Quartet

The main Jazz & Blues website  - www.JazzBluesFlorida.com - contains multiple facets and areas of interest for our visitors. Here is a helpful guide to the site and what JBF is and is not:

The home page of our website identifies the JBF logo and has an option to join our mailing list. Unlike other entities, Jazz & Blues Florida only sends music news to you based on your preferences for type of music interest, region of the state, and your choice of email frequency.

Banners at top, bottom and the right side of all website pages are paid promotional advertisements by our clients from and in the music scene. The tabs below the JBF logo take you to other areas of the site including our very popular jazz and blues news blog which is visited by over 13,000 readers/month and has a life-time readership of over 250,000. The JBF Blog contains both paid promotional information on upcoming events around the state as well as coverage of various live music performances and other articles of interest.

"Music Listings" provides hundreds of current and upcoming listings for clubs, concerts and festivals throughout the state of Florida, and is organized by region. JBF artist and venue clients are highlighted, linked, and mapped. Free listings are available by following the submission guidelines (see top of each region page).

JBF has an extensive years-long and continually updated library of photos and videos from music events in the jazz and blues world of Florida. Several places to view these are our Facebook page , our JBF YouTube channel , and our Blog. We post mostly short video clips of live performances to share what we are experiencing - and in many instances, to give you time to make it there for the show! We are not claiming to be professional videographers - but we DO confess to being genuine music lovers!

Browse the JBF site for other items of interest such as our collection of recommended links including live-streaming radio and web programming, educational resources and state-wide jazz and blues society information.

What Jazz & Blues Florida is NOT: We regularly receive numerous requests for types of services - many expecting free services - that are not a part of who we are and what we offer to our clients and/or readers. We are not a booking agency! However, our Music Listings are available for viewing by artists looking to book gigs as well as by all the music lovers out there looking for live music! Help yourself! If you are an artist and wish to be included in the Listings as one of the red highlighted/linked & mapped entries, you may contact us regarding the ultra-affordable "Premium Listing" service that we offer to have all your Florida gigs included in that manner. As any business must operate, our time and efforts must be directed towards those that support us - our clients - and we in turn offer 110% support in return. We simply do not have the time to spend offering free services to help artists, venues, or other music-related businesses when we have clients who deserve our time and efforts.

There are many services we can offer a potential client that we will be more than happy to discuss with you via email or phone. Our rates are more than affordable for the exposure you receive from our large data base of subscribers and contacts. No other similar entity can come close to our reasonable rates for the return you will receive in quality and depth of promotion. Please contact us if this interests you! This being said, we are not locked into a concrete format forever, and are constantly looking for alternatives to improve the music scene we involve ourselves in.

We also pride ourselves on being honest and straight-forward in our dealings, and the results of this is reflected in feedback we receive from our clients and readers (www.JazzBluesFlorida.com/Feedback). We report real, substantiated numbers (www.JazzBluesFlorida.com/reports) and are willing to provide any information requested that does not violate the trust put in us by our clients or readers.

We welcome new readers as well as advertisers to the Jazz & Blues Florida family. We strive to support and promote real music, by real people, in real places. We hope to see you out there in the music scene!

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Any questions, just call…

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If you love music...


Submitted by Al Kanovsky 8/30/13

...like I love music-------you would have been with me last night. 

Jumped in the car and headed for the "Funky Buddha" on Federal Highway in Boca Raton. Why? It was early and Aaron Lebos would be playing there. not only Aaron but Jim 'the genius' Gasior(keys), Eric 'emotion' England(bass) and the maestro Rudolfo Zuniga on drums. If you want to listen to tomorrow, today---this is the music of the day after tomorrow. It was Jim Gasior's birthday too. His lovely wife, Peggy or is it Penny, had a great B.day cake which we all enjoyed. When I arrived at the Buddha, I saw Aaron speaking to my buddy Jimmy Belize(photo at top is his). I warned Aaron about speaking with people of Jimmy's ilk.

Jimmy is joining me, Dr. Jules and Elaine Porteous on the trip to Havana for the JAZZ festival in December. Still some room. If you would like to go, call me 661 803 8096.

Aarons band is named "Reality" and is, in truth as real as it can get. They play originals composed by Aaron and arranged by the band. It is original in every way. Some idea of the titles played--"9 to 5", "Hangs", "Yuenglish", "Turning Point", "Dog Zuniga", "Emmalise" and "Home". The second set started with Rudolfo playing by himself. Rhythmic but also arrhythmic--easy and frenetic--softly and dynamic--the band joined in. I have never heard any piece that matches its intensity or emotion. The band named the tune simply "F". Thanks to Aaron, Jim, Eric, and Rudolfo for a great night. Happy birthday "Bird", Jim, and, oh yeah, Michael Jackson


Not a bad joint with hookahs on the tables. I didn't smell anything familiar.  Great band, good company---heading home with Tracy---they are playing Arturo Sandoval with an orchestra--pleasant dreams. Tonight is Silvano---the one and only Silvano Monasterios at Arts Garage.

Al's Disclaimer:
A short note: The reason I write this is because I love music and words. I do not book acts. I do not promote acts. I do not accept invitations to review artists. I go to venues of my own choice. When and where is not influenced by anything other than who I would like to hear that night or day. If I don't like what I hear, I won't write about it. When I like it I let you all know. I never mention a name without asking permission. "Pardon me, Miss. Would you like to dance?"       


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Friday, August 30, 2013

Blue Tuesday at Boston's on the Beach in Delray Beach Celebrates FIVE years of the blues!

SEPTEMBER 2008 - 2013
And Keepin' On!


Here's to the good times!

Sept 3: Dr. Lee & The New Regulators

Sept 10: THE BIG ONE FOLKS!
#250 Blues Tuesday
AND
FIVE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY!!
Bill “Sauce Boss” Wharton
We be cooking!

Sept 17: Damon Fowler Group

Coming to town to tear things up!

Boston’s on the Beach
40 South Ocean Blvd (A1A)
Delray Beach FL 33483
561-278-3364

8:30-11:30pm, Cover $5-$10

More Great Upcoming Shows!

Oct 1: Musicians Exchange Reunion Party
Oct 8: Eden Brent
Oct 15: Samantha Fish
Nov 12: Biscuit Miller & The Mix
Nov 26: Bryan Lee
Dec 3: Victor Wainwright & The WildRoots

Always a great time.
Every Sun: Grateful Dead Night (7pm)
Every Mon: Reggae Night (10pm)
Every Thur: Classic Rock Night (9pm)
And other great music throughout the week.

Come early for a fantastic ocean-view 
dining experience upstairs at Ocean 50.
Luxurious setting and a spectacular view with 
the finest food & service around.


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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The Truth....(Allen Kanovsky knows it when it he hears it!)


Submitted by Al Kanovsky 8/28/13

...the whole truth and nothing but the truth. A local JAZZ club(not named here) advertised and promoted a Hawaiian Party to be held on Tuesday night. I donned a light color pair of jeans, a matching colorful print shirt and my rollup brim lid---also color coordinated. I checked the gas gauge and got underway. A short 35 minute drive and I arrived at my destination. I approached the entrance. A pretty young thing was at the door. "There is a $10 charge tonight"-----I thanked her, returned to my car, drove home and watched the World Series of Poker on the box---in HD. If I had known about the 'cover' I might or might not have made a decision prior to the drive. The surprise is what caused me to leave, somewhat upset. 

My advice to venues:
If there is a cover, let potential customers know in advance. Unexpected charges are unacceptable and tend to 'turn off' arriving guests. I go back to the days when rent parties were held by people needing money to cover their monthly expenses. Good times were had in very bad times. You paid at the door, but knew that, well in advance. If club owners need funds to pay the rent or the musicians or the staff it is their obligation to advertise any proposed cover-----I enjoyed watching the poker and a tumbler of frozen double espresso vodka, all while laid out on a well worn sofa and $10 further away from abject poverty. Lots of choices for tonight--I hope I know the truth.

Al's Disclaimer:
A short note: The reason I write this is because I love music and words. I do not book acts. I do not promote acts. I do not accept invitations to review artists. I go to venues of my own choice. When and where is not influenced by anything other than who I would like to hear that night or day. If I don't like what I hear, I won't write about it. When I like it I let you all know. I never mention a name without asking permission. "Pardon me, Miss. Would you like to dance?"       


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Arts Garage Ends Summer Jazz & Blues Programming on a High Note

Arts Garage has searched high & low
for the best in jazz & blues!



Arts Garage
180 NE First Street, Delray Beach FL 33444
$25-$35 Adv/$5 more at door. Limited seating.

BYOW ~ Bring Your Own Whatever!
Bottle of wine or other favorite beverage,
hor d’oeuvres or munchies,
making the cultural experience affordable to all!


Friday, August 30, 2013: Jazz Project, 7:30 PM
The Fourth World Ensemble, emerging in 2007 from Monasterios’ desire to experiment with the fusion of Latin Rhythms, World Music and Pure Jazz, features Monasterios on piano, accompanied by percussion, drums, bass and saxophone. The ensemble performs all original music composed and arranged by Silvano. Exhibiting an insatiable appetite for challenge and change, Silvano brought his new quintet into the Savant studios and recorded eight new and innovative compositions. Featuring an assortment of indigenous percussion instruments and rhythms, the Ensemble’s latest work is most likely destined to be classified as “Latin Jazz,” yet it is totally devoid of the Latin clich├ęs often encountered in “pseudo-Latin” jazz. Instead, it showcases the talents of an artist with a deep understanding of his complex Venezuelan roots combined with an Austrian-Germanic-European compositional heritage, and who, at the same time, is steeped in the great American jazz tradition.

Voted “Best Jazz Musician in Miami” (2009) by Miami New Times, Venezuelan pianist- composer Silvano Monasterios leads the way as a top-rated figure. “From the shortest phrase to the longest, though the language of jazz is obvious, his own sound and style has, and will ever be refreshing to me.” Jeff Laibson, Downbeat Magazine

An internationally renowned artist, Russell Malone is one of today’s most commanding and versatile guitarists! He has performed and recorded with some of the highest profile artists including Diana Krall, Gladys Knight, Aretha Franklin, B.B. King, Natalie Cole, David Sanborn, Shirley Horn, Christina Aguilera, Harry Connick, Jr., Ron Carter, and Sonny Rollins. Malone was named Guitarist of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association in 2011 and he played on three Grammy-nominated albums with vocalist and pianist Diana Krall.  Malone was also a featured performer in Robert Altman’s 1996 film “Kansas City.”

“Mr. Malone… hasn’t tried to reinvent the guitar: in his standard, soft tone you hear Wes Montgomery, George Benson, some B.B.King. But as a performer he maintains a high rate of astonishment, and with traditional materials, his ability to get inside swing rhythms or bruisingly play a narrative blues, causing great tension and then easing off it.”  New York Times

“Malone’s technical ability has few peers. Blinding speed aside, he’s capable of the kind of chordal harmonics first introduced by the late Canadian guitarist Lenny Breau, but he’s taken the technique one step further.”  All About Jazz


Friday, September 13, 2013:  8pm
Friday the 13 N’awlins Jazz & Blues Voodoo Night 
Leslie Smith is one of the most talented artists New Orleans has to offer. She has performed and recorded with a Who’s Who of New Orleans’ finest artists including Ellis Marsalis and Allen Toussaint, who calls her “One of Louisiana’s greatest treasures”. Named “A Cultural Ambassador of New Orleans music” she is featured in a mural for the Armstrong International Airport documenting influential artists.
Born and raised in New Orleans, Smith was able to soak up the rare musical brew that gives her original music a sound of its own. Soulful, funky, Bluesy, emotional expression- just like our food and the way we dance on the streets; Leslie Blackshear Smith delivers her music with freedom and joy.
From headlining at Lincoln Center to performing at the Apollo Theatre, Leslie always delivers an unparalleled power and passion. She has performed at multiple New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festivals, and other major Festival events at home and abroad.

Saturday, September 14, 2013: Jazz Project - 8pm

Sammy Figueroa has long been regarded as one of the world’s great musicians and has twice been nominated for Grammy Awards. As one of the world’s leading percussionists he has played on countless records, providing the rhythmical framework for hundreds of hits. Well-known for his versatility and professionalism, he is one of the few percussionists equally comfortable in a multitude of styles, from R&B, rock, pop and bebop to Latin, Brazilian and New Age. As one of New York’s most sought after session players, Figueroa played on countless albums, jingles and film scores and appeared often with The David Letterman Band and The Saturday Night Live Band. He has recorded and toured with Miles Davis, the Brecker Brothers (for 12 years!), Sonny Rollins, Michel Camilo (who wrote the tune “And Sammy Walked In” in his honor), Chaka Khan, David Bowie, and Mariah Carey. Figueroa’s famed sense of humor, ebullient personality, and open-heartedness is famous within the music industry and has made him a favorite with musicians and audiences alike. While continuing his career as one of the world’s leading sideman (for the last three years touring with Sonny Rollins), Figueroa has now established himself as a bandleader and artist. Figueroa has also been included in The Grove‛s Dictionary of Jazz.

“Sammy Figueroa is truly jazz greatness.” — Miami New Times

“What can you say? Sammy is the Cat! He has long been regarded as one of the premier musicians in the world.” – Drummer’s World

Friday, September 20, 2013: Jazz Project, 7:30pm

Sanchez is a multi-dimensional musician, a master of both Latin rhythm and the musical language of jazz, both deeply rooted in his persona. A formidable piano player, he has collaborated with many bands and top studio musicians in the South Florida area, and has also been honored for his work as performer, arranger and producer on two Grammy Award nominated albums. From Lima, Peru, Sanchez was born into a musical atmosphere and began playing piano at 11. He journeyed to the US and settled in Miami, where he played and studied with jazz legends such as Jim Gasior, Israel Lopez (Cachao), Mike Gerber, Mike Orta, and Eddie Barzola, who took him under their wings. He also polished his classical piano techniques with Diana Molinari and Cassandra Hanna at Miami Dade College and Leonid Treer at Florida Atlantic University. Sanchez participated as a musician, arranger and was involved in pre-productions on the album, “Blown Away”, which featured Arturo Sandoval and Frankie Marcos and was nominated in 2005 for a Grammy for Best Instrumental Album. Also, he co- produced, performed and arranged for the album, “La Onda Latina,” in conjunction with Frankie Marcos & Clouds, which was nominated also in 2005 for Best Traditional Tropical
Album. Additionally, Sanchez has worked on numerous projects with Grammy-winning producer, Glen Kolotkin, who is known for his work with many great musicians including Carlos Santana on the album, Supernatural.

Saturday, September 21, 2013: Garage Blues, 8pm

Barrelhouse Chuck draws on a distinguished lineage to create a blues, boogie-woogie and barrelhouse piano style that places him at the forefront of a celebrated tradition.  Grammy Award nominee, and BMA Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year nominee, Chuck is the only Chicago blues pianist to have studied under Sunnyland Slim, Pinetop Perkins, Blind John Davis, Detroit Junior and Little Brother Montgomery. Over last 30 years, Chuck developed his formidable mastery of blues piano and went on to perform or record with most of the notable Chicago blues musicians-people like Jimmy Rogers, Eddie Taylor, Kim Wilson, Hubert Sumlin, Otis Rush, Louis Myers, Buddy Guy, and Big Smokey Smothers, among many others. His recording credits reads like a Who’s Who of modern day Chicago blues. During the past three decades Chuck has played all over the U.S., Canada, Mexico, South America and tours Europe regularly. He has also appeared more than a dozen times at the Chicago Blues Festival. Even though most of his teachers have passed on, Barrelhouse Chuck has become one of the bearers of the flame, and keeps both their spirit and music alive, passing it along where ever he plays.

“You got soul, man!” Eddie Kendricks

“Can you leave tomorrow? I want you to join my band.”  Albert King


Thurday, September 26, 2013: 7:30pm
 Special Event: Havana Nights feat. Tiempo Libre

Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse, Inc. presents Havana Nights featuring three-time Grammy-nominated Tiempo Libre performing the group’s signature Timba music. Proceeds to benefit AVDA. The night will consist of a cocktail and hor d’oeuvres reception between 7:30-8:00pm. Seating is limited on a first come first serve basis.

Saturday, September 28, 2013: Jazz Project, 8pm

Critically acclaimed saxophonist, bandleader, and composer, Uri Gurvich blends the sinuous sounds of the Middle East and Hebraic folk melodies with thoughtful harmonies and brawny rhythms to create a unique jazz experience. Born and raised in Israel, Uri Gurvich won the Jazz Player of the Year competition in Israel before relocating to Boston to attend the prestigious Berklee College of Music studying under Joe Lovano. He has played at prestigious jazz festivals and venues in Europe, South America, Japan and the US, including Lincoln Center and Blue Note. Gurvich is an in-demand saxophonist who won also acclaim as a leader with his 2009 debut, The Storyteller, which was released on John Zorn’s label – Tzadik Records. Featuring Leo Genovese on piano, Peter Slavov on bass, Francisco Mela on drums and Chris Cheek on tenor sax, some of the most prominent voices on the contemporary New York jazz scene. The music places Israeli, Yemenite, East European and North African music into a progressive jazz context. Uri and his quartet released their second album in April 2013 featuring Moroccan multi instrumentalist, Brahim Fribgane.

“It’s meta-world jazz, and it’s breathtaking.” Washington City Paper

“Gurvich presents a compelling and strikingly original program that is imbued with beautiful, soulful melodies and brimming with ecstatic improvisation” Jazz Times

About Arts Garage
Arts Garage is the venue of choice for a diverse array of local, national and international performers, as well as the preferred destination for those in search of arts seekers and aficionados. Established in April 2011, its mission is to collaborate with emerging artists and cultural innovators to facilitate an exchange of art and ideas and present cutting-edge, interdisciplinary performances and exhibitions.

Located in the heart of Delray Beach, at 180 NE First Street in Pineapple Grove on the ground level of a parking garage, Arts Garage seeks to transform Delray Beach into a boutique metropolitan city through arts and culture. The venue’s casually intimate ambiance reflects the feel of its City, and the Garage’s BYOW policy is avidly applauded.

For more information on Arts Garage, performances and booking tickets, visit the organization’s website: http://artsgarage.org

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Party with Otis & The Seville Sisters and Celebrate the Holiday this Weekend at Earl’s Hideaway!

There is only
ONE PLACE
to be in Florida
this weekend!

PARTY AT EARL’S!!!

BLUES MUSIC!
REAL FOOD!
GOOD FUN!
GREAT PEOPLE!
Sunday, September 1, 2013
Otis Cadillac & The Eldorados
w/ The Seville Sisters!
&
King muDDfish!
Party starts when YOU get there.
Music starts at 2pm and goes to 10pm!

Monday, September 2, 2013
David Shelley & Bluestone
Party starts when YOU get there.
Music starts at 2pm and goes to 6pm!

@
1405 Indian River Drive
Sebastian FL 32958  
earlshideaway.com  (772)589-5700

More Great Upcoming Shows

September 2013
Sept 8: Joel DaSilva & The Midnight Howl
Sept 15: Sean Chambers Band
Sept 22: Nouveaux Honkies
Sept 29: Selwyn Birchwood
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Reader input needed for management decision making!

Hey Blog friends that read our monthly publication, howzabout some input on this question to help us understand what we should be doing....

Would you rather see preview features in our monthly magazine written about the already known (BB King/Wynton Marsalis) or up--and-coming artists/bands from Florida that might only be known locally/regionally? 

This is a real serious question and your responses WILL impact our policies! 

Please send me an email: Charlie@JazzBluesFlorida.com or post your response in the comment section below.

Thanks!
Charlie & crew....

Do not send...(...Allen Kanovsky anywhere there is not music!)


Submitted by Al Kanovsky 8/27/13

...an alert. Dave Shelly is missing but is sure to be found if you're willing to wend your way to Wyoming. Hey!! Wait a sec. Great title for a country & western tune. "Willing to Wend Your Way to Wyoming". I can hear you laughing. I will laugh when it's a big hit on Grand Ol' Opry. Dave is missing but not the Monday BLUES Jam at The Funky Biscuit. Albert Poliak at the B3, Drew Preston(guitar) and 3 guys I've never heard before, Rich Friedman(guitar/vocals), Joel Bacisteri--close as I can guess---(bass) and Dave Bartok on drums. Al said he saw a kid in the parking lot(Dave) with a big snare drum under his arm and invited him in. I think the first song of the set was called "Spanish Spoon" but am not totally sure. I was sitting with Jimmy Belize and that tends to fog my mind. Drew took the first solo and Rich followed. I knew then I was going to enjoy the music. I certainly did. They played the BLUES, some funk and some rock. Al sang---Rich sang---thank you Drew for not singing. The Jam set opened with Sista Mary Beth accompanied by Chick Fiore on bass and Dave on the kit. Al couldn't resist and got up to play keys. Sista never sounded better doing 4 good songs. Mark followed with "If This Is Love. I Want My Money Back"----I started to nod and knew if I didn't leave I would end up sleeping on a barroom floor----it wouldn't be the first time----.

There's another aspect to listening to music aside from the musicians and the venue. The sound system. Easy to say, not so easy to master. Ray Rivard is the sound technician at the Biscuit. He had some mentors along the way but is mostly self-taught. Trial and error are great teachers. He's been at it for 15 years. The last ten as an independent. He and Albert met on the job, Al in a band, Ray with a special sound system. When Albert opened the Funky Biscuit he asked Ray for some help. They have been together ever since. Getting the sound as good as it is in this room was a tough gig. Ray solved it and got it right. 

The best "jook joint" sound and service in town. I always leave with a smile on my 'puss'.

Hi Tracy---a pleasant surprise----Silvano Monasterios as a guest and playing his and Troy Roberts music. Great ride home---Silvano, Friday nite---Arts Garage---better get your tix today.     


Al's Disclaimer:
A short note: The reason I write this is because I love music and words. I do not book acts. I do not promote acts. I do not accept invitations to review artists. I go to venues of my own choice. When and where is not influenced by anything other than who I would like to hear that night or day. If I don't like what I hear, I won't write about it. When I like it I let you all know. I never mention a name without asking permission. "Pardon me, Miss. Would you like to dance?"       


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