Friday, March 27, 2015
"Gang Aft Agley"....(Allen Kanovsky goes all literary on us!)
Submitted by Al Kanovsky 03/27/15
...is how Robert Burns described the best laid plans of mice and men. My schedules of evenings out regularly suffer the same fate. Mostly because I am having so much fun that I am fain to leave a joint. It happened again last night. .Original plan---Blue Jeans Blues---Cafe Vico---Le Chat Noir. Wha' hoppen babeee? Lets start with Eric Trouillot & the Jazzers at BJB's. Eric leads this dynamic fun band. Members include Erik Bindman(violin),JuJU Johnson(all the reeds), Yamin Mustafa(trumpet)---apples do not fall far from the tree-the venerable Ken Burkhart(keyboard), Doc Allison(drums) the lovely Yvette Norwood-Tiger(vocals) and "What the" Heck doing vocals as well. I got there just before the last set started but in time to take advantage of 'happy hour' pricings. Eric is a generous host and often asks folks up to perform. This time it was a gal who sang to tracks. Country(read Texas) songs. If I want to review karaoke I would visit the club houses at local gated communities. The live band takes the stage with Jack Siegel sitting in on cornet. Eric says we're gonna spend some time in N'awlins and what better way than with "The Saints Go Marching In". Full out 2nd line Dixie swing. Yvette sings a Louis Armstrong favorite "Hello Dolly' with Jack and Erik contributin well played solos. Members of Celine Dion's family are in the audience and her aunt is invited up to sing "La Vie En Rose". Her name is Lisette and she can sing. Yvette joins to do it English and the emotion in her voice has me and a couple of other "tough" guys with me, tearing up---someone have a tissue?. Why they give W.T. a chance is beyond me, but they do. He does another Louis tune "What A Wonderful World". All the horns with a young man named Jack sitting in on harp almost drown him out--almost. Jack Siegel loves 'Dixie' and shows it with a dynamic solo. Eric talks about growing up in The Bronx and the music for that time and place. Funky. JuJu plays a gutty tenor solo and Eric jumps in to lay down a few rhyming Rap lines. F U N are the first 3 letters in funky and the audience is having lots of it. Yamin is having a blast as well. When asked later on, admitted that he loves 'being on stage' as he does playing his trumpet. His father, Melton is among the best trumpeters of our time. His brilliant performance are straight forward and brilliant. The showmanship must come from his uncle, Jesse Jones Jr. Yvette steps back up to do "Summertime" as their closing number. I prepare to leave when I realize Kat Riggins is in the room, almost wearing a dress. Cut down to below the equator and slit up both sides like time zones. If that wasn't enough to make me stay---how about Joey Gilmore----how about Sonny Boy Williamson----Doc Allison stays at drums and Erik remains as well. I ain't going nowhere. You want BLUES? You want soul?
You really want to have a 'down home' good time? Stay right there. She opens with "Pride and Joy" and Joey takes his first solo. I ain't going nowhere. "My Babe" with Joey and Erik trading solo bursts. "So Long, I've Got To Let You Go". A beautiful lady, Jeri Franklin, graciously agrees to dance with me. Jeri is enjoying the music and makesit obvious that she kind of likes dancing with me.-----Listen, I was up late last night and my eyelids are starting to spell out N A P in morse code. -. .- .--.
The band is named "BLUES Revival" They kept me revived 'til way past midnite but I gotta lay these tired bon------zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
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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