Saturday, May 30, 2015

A perfect night in paradise...(ends with black beans and rice for Allen Kanovsky?)

Submitted by Al Kanovsky 05/30/15 lit by an almost full moon. Soft breezes make palm leaves sway. You are sitting in a fold up chair with an ice cold beer in hand. The site is a park named for one of Florida's most acclaimed JAZZ musicians, Jaco Pastorius. Music is in the air. It's BLUES. And I mean BLUES. Momma BLUES is on stage along with songstress Rita Wilburn. The musicians. Jeff Prine (guitar), Mitch Goldstein (B3) and young Kerster Landoval on drums. The tune they use for the sound check is "C-Jam Blues". 

There's something a little different about Jeff's playing. I seem to detect some JAZZ licks. Later on he will tell me he has started to take JAZZ lessons. BLUES is the mother. JAZZ is the child with the Masters Degree. Rita is first with "Gimme One Reason To Stay". Jeff and Mitch solo and we are in BLUEStown. Kerster serves up a nice tempo shuffle for "My Baby Just Cares For Me". Rita slows it down a bit with an emotional "Since I Fell For You" . Jeff's solo has Rita humming along. Lovely!. Juanita Dixon takes the stage and mic for "The Meanest Man I Ever Seen". 

Momma BLUES evokes memories of all the BLUEs ladies of yesteryear. Juanita can belt them out. She does "Come To Momma" and then remembering B.B. King, who we will miss, she does "I Love To Live The Life That I Sing About" changing the lyric to "I like to love the LOVE that I sing about". She concluded that portion with "Somebody". Rita comes back with "Everyday". She's got it rockin' when Mitch gets the feeling and Jeff catches the kick. She moves us to N'awlins with a little back-beat with "Baby, Come On Home To Me". Rita also remembered B.B. with "The Thrill Is Gone". Jeff welcomes young David Julian(guitar) to join the band. It's Juanita's turn again and "Unchain My Heart" followed by "You Make Me Feel Brand New". Rita gets to do Gladys Knight's "Who Will Be The First To Say Goodbye". A showcase for her vocal dynamism. Juanita does "You Made Your Move Too Soon". If there were walls Rita would have blown them down with her rendition of "Summertime". If anyone knows how to bring down the curtain it's Momma BLUES. How about "At Last" and "For Your Love". OOOOOOWeeeee baby!!!!!!. One of the couples that danced do a "sit on my knee" step that is kind of unique. 

It was Rita's birthday on April 25th. I have written poems for her for the past 5 birthdays. If you would like a copy of the latest one and I might put it up on Facebook. 

It was early and so I headed for Q-Bar. I arrived listened for a moment and decided to take a pass. Had a burrito at Zona Fresca instead.

Went to bed thinking of Juanita & Rita and all the wonderful music I heard.

Also wondering if I was gonna make any 'black bean' music myself.

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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