This Sunday January 11 Nevada City based vocalist Lorraine Gervais takes to the stage with her fantastic quartet. More about that later.
What a way to start the new year and new season at JB's Lounge. Jim Martinez made his yearly trek to visit with us and boy did he put on a great show. With Paul Klempau on bass, Tim Metz on drums and Joe Berry on sax, the quartet set just the right tone to start our new year.
Jim is always a great entertainer with his offbeat sense of humor, sometimes laughing at himself. Debuting a few tunes from his latest project which features the music of a Norseman from long ago - Edward Grieg, Jim took one of his classical tunes, Anitra's Dance, and gave it a light bossa twist. Where Jim took it is a place that I'm sure Grieg could never have imagined it going. Jim is always one to rework different songs and make them his own. Such is the case with Amazing Grace, done in 5/8 time, and with snatches and hints of Take 5. It is always wonderful have Jim Martinez take the stage because not only is he a great talent himself, but he gathers the up and coming instrumentalists, and together they bring a wonderful light to the stage. Trumpeter Joe Mazzaferro joined the band for the second set and things took on an ensemble feel that was wonderful to watch. Watching the two Joes play in unison and then stepping out for their individual solos on the classic Lee Morgan tune Ceora was a great treat for all of us. Tim Metz' drum solo on St Thomas had the 80 plus people in the audience watching his hands and sticks fly. The evening ended with the classic Break Song - I don't even know if it has a name, but everyone knows it. With that our first show of the year came to a close and we set the stage to bring much more wonderful jazz on a Sunday evening at JB's Lounge.
JB's is located inside of the Red Lion Hotel, 1401 Arden Way. Showtime is 5-8pm. You can make your reservations by calling[masked] and press 3 or email me at [address removed]
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. This week's show with Lorraine Gervais is $8/$5 kids ten and under. Check out her website and music at http://www.lorrainegervais.com/
Remember they have a full menu of dinner and appetizer entrees as well as a nice compliment of drinks and desserts. We never set a drink or food minimum, so come and enjoy the music and companionship of fellow jazz fans.
Lorraine Gervais Group
Lorraine Gervais makes her first appearance in the newly named JB's Lounge. She made a visit and few years ago and took us all by storm with her soul filled voice.
With a contralto voice that's described as soulful, strong and sweet... She's a contemporary jazz singer with her feet firmly planted in a lifetime of singing soul and the blues. Lorraine Gervais is a gifted singer and performer with a way of taking her audiences on heartfelt journeys - from serious to lighthearted, sultry to playful - with a unique style all her own.
She brings an outstanding group of sidemen with her too. Bob Villwock on piano, Joe Dollister on bass, Mike McMullen on sax and Rob Holland on percussion, we are in for a real treat of reworked pop and jazz tunes as well as originals by Lorraine. As I said when she was here before the lady can take a nursery rhyme and make it a soulful hit.
Join us for another great evening of jazz at JB's Lounge