It's Not My Breath After All: Listeners' Series, Vol. VII
My imagination got the best of me preparing for the most recent Listeners' Series show, the Dave Ameele Sextet at Cafe 322 in Sierra Madre on Thursday, September 21. Until just before the show, I was afraid that no one would join me and my Listeners' Series would become defunct. I imagined myself writing the recap entitled "It's My Breath, Isn't It?" and displaying a photo of me, sitting alone at a table for 4. It was going to be witty and sad at the same time.
But guess what? The fates are not only not that unkind, they are very supportive of jazz. This Listeners' Series had the best turnout of any, save for the Tramp House series (which doesn't really count since there was no live music there). Seven of us made it out to support Dave's ensemble, which consisted of an all-star lineup of local musicians: Dave Ameele (drums / bandleader) - Kye Palmer (trumpet) - Bruce Babad (alto sax) - Rob Lockart (tenor sax) - Larry Koonse (guitar) - Ken Wild (bass). They featured a combination of standards and original tunes arranged and/or written by Dave. My personal fave was their version of "Surrey With the Fringe on Top" which alternately reminds me of Ahmad Jamal and When Harry Met Sally. I told you, I have a vivid imagination....
L-R: Brian Farrah, Daivd Reinhold, Lee Ann Fishback & Mike Fishback
My heartfelt thanks to all of you who made it out last month. The verdict is in and everyone was thrilled with the show and had good stuff to say about the venue too. I'll keep my eye on the Cafe 322 calendar and as always extend an open invitation to anyone who'd like to join me!
Bill Henderson & Flip Manne