|by laRuth cc|
Where?...well, TRADITIONS CAFE' AND OLD WORLD ART has a wonderful jazz jam every first Sunday of each month from 2:30 to 5 pm. AND, before those jazz guys had finished their first standard,...BARTLETT ON BASS was all smiles...you know, that great BIG smile of his, and I knew we were in the right place for some really good jazz.
This was a different kind of jam, not the usual. First, we noticed that they asked the new players to have their selected tune charted out and ready for the rest of the band members. Don't worry, there were several folders of jazz standards in the back and folks to assist everyone. Steve was caught off guard, but, it only took him a few minutes to find just the charts that he wanted...and then,.... that magic happens...beautiful music from people who had just met each other on the stage only a few minutes before. It always amazes me [Jan].
Steve was dancing while playing, the way he does when he's really enjoying himself. He did a beautiful bass solo. The others did beautiful solos too. It was fun. 'That was funky' I heard someone say..Cool. Each person wanting to perform were called up, onstage one at a time to do their selection. Everyone clapped after each performer and solo. The room was packed full of folks really enjoying themselves, and it was a fantastic sunny fall day outside, everyone in the room had made a choice to be right where they were instead. The full tip basket was passed for 'the rhythm section', those regulars that come each month and are 'the power' behind every tune. What a fine bunch of musicians, thank you. Yes, we'll be back. Jan
For more information about JAZZ that's happening in the Olympia area, go to OLYMPIA JAZZ CENTRAL.