Allison Philips Trumpet, Devon Starks Bass, Connor Parks Drums playing some serious jazz tunes from Ornette Coleman and more Friday night at Hat City Kitchen. Brittany, Curran and I didn’t work for New Year’s Eve so we took the L and worked New Years Day. It was interesting walking into the aftermath of the night before and allowed for an interesting first work day of 2016. It was a mellow evening complimented with smooth jazz.
Allison Philips played trumpet in the local folk band, Brother Valiant. Brother Valiant is rumored to be playing in Texas for SXSW.
Saturday night, Hat City Kitchen was closed for a private event which was also a lot of fun. The place was rented out for an extravagant 40th birthday party including a raw seafood bar, ribs, steak, penne a la vodka, open bar and Al Gold’s band was the entertainment. And after that we enjoyed watch the guests perform karaoke songs and pretty much dance the night away.
And then Sunday of course was the Open Blues Jam hosted by Al Gold which was packed as always. It is always pleasant to see these group of friends come together every couple weeks to savor the tunes of their favorite Blues classics. Ed, the longtime sound guy at Hat City Kitchen I noticed also happens to look forward to it as well. Today I asked him what his favorite blues song was and he said it was Nadine, a Chuck Berry song that mixed the genre with rock.
Al Golds blues jam is open to all musicians and takes place alternating Sundays from 3-6pm on Sundays. There are drink and food specials as well as the specials that already rock on Sunday (Fried chicken and waffles!)
Photographs by Gregory Burrus