and also the 100 year anniversary of the first jazz recording – so let’s celebrate by getting out in the (finally!) beautiful spring weather and hear some jazz music!!!
there are places to go and music to listen to, but it’s a little like a scavenger hunt in the Granite State – but here are some suggestions to get you out of the house and into the jazz zone!
For the past several years, a well kept secret in the little town of Bristol is becoming more and more of a draw to jazz enthusiasts – performers as well as listeners.
The Purple Pit Jazz Club is a gem in an unexpected location, downtown Bristol in the middle of the state.
Owners Tom and Mary Lemieux operate the venue with a coffee bar/restaurant in the front, and a jazz club in the “back room” with amazing talent from around the northeast. It is really more a “listening room” with beer, wine and food available, but once the music starts, conversation is discouraged, so that you feel like you are at a concert performance. The Lemieux family actually has their own swing jazz band with their sons, called “Swing Rocket” and you can hear them during the jazz series at the club as well as other events in the lakes region.
Saturday April 29, Jonathan Lorentz, a formidable influence on jazz in the Lakes Region of NH and beyond, will be performing along with his quartet. Jon is a performer, composer, teacher and producer and has done a lot to promote jazz in the region. Greatly influenced by Miles Davis and Thelonius Monk, his music is open-minded and ranges from “traditional” jazz to way beyond the box, as when he plays with his group “SevenOdd7”. He also is available for weddings, corporate events, etc with either live music or his DJ service. I promise you will never be disappointed by Jon’s performance!
I was really lucky to see and hear Chris Botti (on my bucket list!)at the Music Hall in Portsmouth last month – amazing show with superb musical guests – including Andrea Bocelli’s violinist! This venue is not to be missed for intimate performances (it only holds 900 seats), and Diana Krall will be performing on June 14 (yes, yours truly will be there). Right in the neighborhood is the Press Room, a Portsmouth fixture for jazz music which has new owners and we are looking for exciting things there!
Of course, this blog wouldn’t be complete without the “trippin” part, and I was able to hit my old favorite haunt, Sunday Jazz Brunch at the Riverwalk in Fort Lauderdale, FL. While a totally different type of experience, it’s an awesome way to spend the day outside, with 4 stages in various spots along the New River, family, pets, food, wine and sunshine – I always try to plan my Florida travels around the first Sunday of the month to get there!!
Well, I’m exhausted thinking about all the opportunities in our area and beyond to hear some great music – remember, it’s not only the really famous performers who can touch your soul, so take a chance and get out and hear some jazz – and Happy Jazz Recording Anniversary!!!!
Would love to hear some of your favorite performers, venues and sounds – drop us a line!!!