My friend and former student Jackson Crockett came by to sit in at 323 North with Pat Ryan and me, giving me a chance to take a break from endlessly accompanying a single guitar and let the guitarists do all the work for a bit. Jackson continues to impress the experienced p
Every now and again the group gets to play a private party. Recently, we played for a gentleman's 75th birthday celebration, outdoors, here in Chatham. It was such a pleasure to play for a genuinely happy occasion, for such an appreciative audience. We were lucky, since we were playing outdoors, that the weather was so cooperative. Also, because Pampered Palate was catering!
Pat Ryan, who performs regularly with the duo, brought his microphone and PA, and drummer Dave Scandurra was on the gig, too, and he is also a fine singer. Even though it was a small party, musically it was an especially enjoyable event, because so many of the guests connected with the band. I take great pleasure in watching families on such occasions, and sharing in the satisfaction of honoring a family member for his many years of care and love.
Together with the excellent weather come opportunities to play out of doors. We've begun a series of Tuesday nights at Del Mar, where we play, if not outside, very close to it, with plenty of fresh air to enjoy. In Hyannis, we'll be playing a series of Thursday nights that will find us outside, too.
There are many reasons to love playing jazz, but one that strikes me now is this: Jazz musicians get to play with so many different people. That's the case for me at 323 North -- I get to play with all these different -- wonderfully different -- guitarists. On top of the spontaneity of playing jazz, there is the added factor of the new spin that each player brings to the gig. So while I'm glad that Alan and I get to play regularly, I have to admit (sorry, Alan!) that I enjoy playing with other guitarists when you are busy. Which, as we married people know, is not at all like marriage.
In other news, Binney Stone recently recorded our gig and will be sending me some files to share with you. Binney gets a wonderful sound, and he captured some of it very well, so I'm looking forward to getting the edits and sharing them.
Matt Brown Jazz performed for the first time in the newly-renovated dining room at 323 North, formerly Campari's, on Route 28 in North Chatham. The space is elegant and very easy on the eyes. Mina, Brian's wife, did a splendid job creating a space for fine dining. The response from diners has been overwhelmingly positive. A few finishing touches will be put in place in short order, and the plan is for a garden outside.
We've signed up to perform every Saturday through June -- I'm very much looking forward to playing in this wonderful venue, and
We're looking forward to playing for the newly-renovated 323 North, formerly Campari's. In the meantime, I've been asked to fill in on electric bass with Bart Weisman's Smooth Jazz Group, in P-town, at the Hot L Bar & Grille
350 Bradford Street, Provincetown (508-413-9511), Sunday, March 10, 11:30am - 2:30pm. There's no cover charge, and I've heard some great buzz abou t
I recently stopped in at Campari's on Rte 28 (Orleans Rd) in North Chatham -- not far from my place -- to try out the new menu. Brian O'Keefe has a new chef, and it shows! Great food -- I'm looking forward to playing for the first time there this Friday. Hope to see you there!
Playing at Del Mar Bistro in Chatham, we are located near the waiting area. Del Mar is VERY POPULAR, so even on Tuesday night, there were quite a few people waiting for tables -- we even played later than we were booked for because there was such crowd.
Many families were attending, and one young mother was waiting with her two young daughters, all dressed up, and the young ladies were obviously THRILLED TO DEATH to be going out to such a fancy restaurant! I said that since there were princesses present, we would play a song suitable for princesses, and counted off "Someday My Prince Will Come." Mom sang along while the princesses beamed, almost ready to explode with enthusiasm.
It's things like this that make gigs special.
My wife and I stepped out for Mexican food to a place called Guapo's in Brewster, and ran into the Kami Lyle Trio, featuring former NRBQ bassist Joey Spampinato. Kami is a charming singer, and Joey is just such a wonderful player, from a bassist's perspective especially -- totally supportive of the group, yet never dull.
The food was good, too, and we had a perfect night to enjoy both music and
We were fortunate enough to play last summer at Del Mar Bistro and grateful to be asked to return this summer on Tuesday nights. John Zartarian is all one could ask for in a restauranteur, an all around splendid fellow. The staff are extremely good to us, and obviously know how to treat the diners.
We had the good fortune to be asked to play at a private event in Chatham once the host heard us perform there, and I hope we have more such opportunities come our way. If you're planning a party and thinking about a little live jazz, stop by Del Mar. The food's excellent, and it's a great room to hear the duo swinging.