I love Django Reinhardt and gypsy jazz, and was excited to see this Django a Go Go show at Regattabar. I was not prepared, however, to be as amazed as I was by the immense talent on the stage this evening. Django a Go Go is a project of Stephane Wremble, a French (although soon-to-be American) musician who fell in love with Reinhardt’s music before he came to Boston to study at Berklee College of Music.
When I read that Freddy Cole would appear at Regattabar, I knew I had to be in the audience. I never had the chance to see his famous older brother, Nat King, because I was too young when he died at a young age but I did not want to miss Freddy and have any regrets about it.
I am happy I attended one of his shows; Freddy may be 83 years young, but his piano playing is still top-notch and his voice lovely.
I am a huge fan of the jazz guitar great Mike Stern. Even though I had seen him perform a number of times, I had never seen him with his own band until last weekend when I attended the last of his four sold-out (or nearly sold-out) shows at Regattabar.
Mike is an incredible performer in terms of both his talent and his performance style.
I love jazz generally and knew that Vijay Iyer has a devoted following, so I did not hesitate to see one of his four Regattabar shows last weekend even though I was only slightly familiar with his music. Saying that I was in awe of the performance is an understatement – he and the rest of his trio are incredible!
The show I attended was the last of the four; if they were tired, it did not seep into their performance which appeared flawless!
Kyle Eastwood, a talented jazz bassist and composer, is not merely trading on his family name (yes, his father is Clint). I took a chance when I decided to see him perform at Regattabar last week, and I am delighted I did.
I did not know, but should have realized, that Kyle was raised with much music in his life and it shows. He clearly has a passion for the jazz tradition.
I knew nothing about Nino de los Reyes at the time I decided to see his show at Regattabar, but wanted to try something a little outside my usual wheelhouse. This was one of the highest-energy performances I have ever seen!
Walking into the club, I immediately noticed a special dance floor in front of the seats for the musicians. Whether the flooring was necessary to protect the venue’s floor or to provide a more staccato sound to his dancing (or both), it serves its purpose well.
There were many people dancing at the back of the room, so obviously many felt the same as I did. Most of us who remained seated contributed by doing some chair dancing.
You could have heard a pin drop in the club; everyone was wrapped in her aura. I think there were probably more than a few tears shed during some of the more soulful songs.
I know DRKWV’s music will not appeal to everyone, but if you like avant-garde jazz and funk or if you merely love extremely good musicians, you’ll find this project interesting at the very least.