For the first time in it's 10 year history, Dizzy's had to cancel the Wallace Roney show because not all of the musicians showed up. Wallace had flown in late and at 8 o'clock was still in LA. So at first we thought there would be a late start at 9, which would have been OK, but finally it was just canceled.
I did get to meet three of the nicest members: Robert, Debby and Harold. Thanks for coming out and sorry for the disappointment.
Which now brings me to the 14 who RSVPd and didn't show up, you didn't miss anything... this time. But please, in the the future, don't RSVP "Yes" unless you really know you're going to make it... please?
Chuck Perrin who runs Dizzy's had rented the upright bass and drums. I felt badly for him since he runs that place all by himself and he of course gave refunds to all who had paid.
Will we go back to Dizzy's for another meetup? Yes! But as Chuck told me, he'd rather stick with local musicians in So. Cal. so this sort of travel snafu doesn't occur again. P.S. Dizzy's is moving back to its old haunt soon. This would be better: easier to get to (and find) and more free street parking.
There are two very good candidates for meetups coming up in May. The first is a local band who, if you like Django Reinhardt gypsy jazz, you will love this band. Watch the video on the Gonzalo Bergara Quartet website http://www.gonzalobergara.com/
. He's the Argentinean guitarist who started playing professionally at 16. They're at Dizzy's on May 1st. He's based here in So. Cal.
The other possibility is Strunz and Farah, billed as 'contemporary Jazz guitarists' at Anthology on May 8th. This would be the $10 tickets for the late show at 9:30 (it's a Saturday), but it's tough to get seats together at Anthology. I've spoken to the owner and she's not promising anything in this department.
So if you have any preferences, let me know; I'd like to post the event on or before April 1 to give folks plenty of time.
I know the next event will be a success.
Yours in Jazz,