Friday, April 17, 2015

There's a first time...(And we can bet Allen Kanovsky is looking for more, musically and otherwise!)

Submitted by Al Kanovsky 04/17/15

...for everything. Last night a first for me. It was the first time ever that I allowed driving time to be a factor in my decision at where to go to listen to live music. My mood generally dictates the destination. North to Lake Worth? South to downtown Miami? Both had musicians I like. Lake Worth, just under an hour. Downtown, about 40-45 minutes. Ft. Lauderdale, 20 minutes tops. Cafe Vico! Clarence Palmer (B3/vocals) Jim Adle (sax/vocals), DannyBurger (drums/no vocals).

Walked through the door to the opening of "Blackbird Bye, Bye". Jim took his time with a solo and it inspired Clarence. Danny, as usual, was the master of the brushes. It was break time and Clarence invited me up to read a couple of poems with he and Danny providing background. It was fun and ego satisfying. 

The 2nd set had variety. Starting with a swinging "Autumn Leaves" then "Afro-Blue" and ending with "I  Don't Talk About You". Sat around talking about dis,dat & sum udder stuff for a while and then headed to 33rd. 

Eddy Balzola and Oriente. They are among my favorites because of music selection and the talent of all the band members. Eddy (guitar/vocals), William Paredes (trombone/perc.), Doni Felix (bass),Orlando Machado (drums/vocals) and last night Rey Pena (latin percussion=congas etc.) Holly Spillane was there as well as other Balzola family members. My friend and fellow poet Demaris Nightingale was at a table with her boyfriend and his father Angelo. I don't bother with boyfriends names as that leads to----.

New Orleans and latin music share the common clave beat of 'pok  pokpok  pokpok'. It is the basic of 2nd line. They were doing 'jockamo ee i ay', and having as much fun as the audience. I asked Demaris to dance. "I don't know a step to this rhythm". "We'll figure it out." We did. She and I were rewarded with  lots of audience applause when I 'plotzed' into my seat. The word 'plotz' is 
onomatopoeia-ly self-defining. 

The latin beats including guaguanco pervade each tune. BLUES, Rock, JAZZ, no matter. It is there. Rhythms that invade your very being. Make you move your hips in time. William displays trombone versatility. Doni is the thinking mans bassist.
Orlando knows every facet of timing. Rey is playing every latin percussion thing known to civilized man and is having more fun than anybody in the house. B.B King to Exodus. Musicians at the top of their game. 

I had a ball. Thanks to all the musicians who played for me last night. Vaya Con Dios!    

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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