A Wonderfully Perfect Jazz Storm

There are times – they don’t occur often – when every aspect of an evening converges to produce perfection. Last night’s Kevin Harris Project show at Regattabar provided such an evening.

Kevin Harris

Kevin Harris

I was not familiar with Kevin Harris. To be honest, I had a hole in my schedule that I wanted to fill with some good music, and this show sounded intriguing. That is quite an understatement!

Kevin

Kevin

The evening started with my being seated at what has become my favorite table.  Right up against the stage and to the side, where I can almost hear the music unamplified.

The next contribution to the perfect evening was being seated with a couple of fascinating women; I felt as if we would have kept talking for hours had we not all been there to experience the music.

Kevin (smiling, which he did during much of the show)

Kevin (smiling, which he did during much of the show)

And then there was the music. I listened to a clip of his music on Kevin’s website, but as I have come to realize, jazz must be experienced live.

Kevin is a pianist whose style is a blend of traditional and contemporary jazz. While not easy-listening (a style I do not particularly enjoy), it is easy to listen to and extremely accessible.

Kevin

Kevin

Kevin led a quintet last night. The other members were Frank Lacy on trombone, Jason Palmer on trumpet, Edward Perez on acoustic bass, and Steve Langone on drums. Apparently each has his own band as well; I will be searching for their shows in the future (Jason plays at Wally’s Café in Boston and Frank plays at Smalls in New York).

Edward Perez

Edward Perez

Jason Palmer

Jason Palmer

Frank Lacy

Frank Lacy

Steve Langone

Steve Langone

The setlist consisted of mostly original numbers (“You Are My Sunshine” was the exception, which Kevin dedicated to his wife, Louisa) written by Kevin, Jason, and Frank; Edward and Steve might also have written or collaborated on some, but I did not hear that they did.

Jason

Jason

Kevin led us through a museum with his songs, asking us to close our eyes while he described one gallery after another. I kept that in mind while they played, closing my eyes at times during the songs to reinforce the image Kevin gave us. It worked.

They are all exceptional musicians who greatly impressed me. I left the club knowing that the evening had been extraordinarily special.

Kevin and Frank

Kevin and Frank

I am listening to one of the CDs I purchased as I write this; I have the same feeling now as I did last night. The music is washing over me like waves lapping at the shoreline, sometimes intense, sometimes gentle.

Thanks to Anita and Charlotte for making my first time seeing Kevin so fantastic (I hope to see you again); to Kevin, Jason, Frank, Edward, and Steve for the music (I hope to see you again as well); to the staff at Regattabar for its contribution toward a fabulous evening; and to Regattabar for the tickets (I know I will be there again).

All opinions are my own.

About suze72

I've loved the arts all my life... I go to a lot of concerts, take lots of photos and want to share them. Every once in a while I do something other than a concert, too. The Boston area is full of opportunities to indulge my passion - I'd like to help make it yours too!

Posted on May 4, 2014, in concert reviews, movie reviews, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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