BILLIE AND BLUES at THE CAFE BOHEMIA PREQUEL (Part Two): MARA KAYE, JON-ERIK KELLSO, MATT MUNISTERI, EVAN ARNTZEN, BRIAN NALEPKA (Sept. 26, 2019)

Before there was this — the official opening of Cafe Bohemia, 15 Barrow Street, New York City, one flight down — on October 17, 2019:

there was this, a warm-up for the club, a “soft opening” on September 26:

Glorious music from Mara Kaye, singing with the Cafe Bohemia Jazz Band — totally acoustic — Jon-Erik Kellso, trumpet; Evan Arntzen, clarinet and tenor saxophone; Matt Munisteri, guitar; Brian Nalepka, string bass.  I posted other performances from that evening, here — but here are seven more beauties for your consideration, mixing blues by Memphis Minnie, the Smith ladies, and of course Lady Day.

Mara, of course, is herself, which is a damned good thing.

FOOLIN’ MYSELF:

I GOT TO MAKE A CHANGE:

WANTS CAKE WHEN I’M HUNGRY:

ARKANSAS BLUES:

YOUR MOTHER’S SON-IN-LAW:

TOO LATE:

A SAILBOAT IN THE MOONLIGHT:

Now, even more good news.  Cafe Bohemia is perking along beautifully — on November 21, I was there for a wonderful quartet session by Danny Tobias, Dan Block, Josh Dunn (new to me and a wonder), and Tal Ronen.  “Beyond the beyonds!” as a character in a Sean O’Faolain story says.  And on the 22nd, I heard and admired Ricky Alexander, Adam Moezinia, Daniel Duke, and Chris Gelb, with a glorious appearance by Dan Block for two numbers.  All night, every Monday, my dear young hero Matt “Fat Cat” Rivera, who knows things but is not compelled to flatten people with facts, spins wondrous 78 rpm discs of the real stuff, and he reappears before and after sets on Thursdays.  The HOT CLUB, you know.

And on December 5, our Mara will be celebrating her birthday at Cafe Bohemia, so if you weren’t there for the prequel, you can make up for it in the near future.

It will be a birthday party where Mara and friends give us presents, you know.

Here is the Cafe’s Facebook page, and here is their website.

May your happiness increase!

3 responses to “BILLIE AND BLUES at THE CAFE BOHEMIA PREQUEL (Part Two): MARA KAYE, JON-ERIK KELLSO, MATT MUNISTERI, EVAN ARNTZEN, BRIAN NALEPKA (Sept. 26, 2019)

  1. Thank you for this good news! I’m coming to NY in January for APAP & Jazz Congress. I will try to make it to Cafe Bohemia. Sounds just wonderful. Your post featured some of my all-time favorite musicians. FYI – I’m back on the air. I’m now hosting the “Swing Set” from 7 to 9 p.m. Sundays on WRCJ in Detroit. Evan Arntzen & Jon-EriK Kellso are regulars on the playlist. I’m so happy to be back on the air and I think the music is making Detroit traditional jazz fans happy. Keep swinging! Linda

  2. Do let me know your January itinerary. It would be lovely to see you on my home turf.

  3. Michael, I like Mara’s style. Thanks much. Speaking of Style, we saw Kathryn Russell Friday in Pittsburgh at the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild  jazz emporium, along with the equally incomparable John Pizzarelli, with Mike Karn ,bass ,Konrad Paszkudzki piano ,who reminded us much of Rosaano Sportiello. We only wish your  magical musical recording equipment was there to capture the event. Happy Thanksgiving from Doug and Susanna Wayt

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