We have the great fortune to live down the street from one of the oldest jazz clubs in the country. At the ripe old age of 88, Bohemian Caverns has hosted many of the GREAT greats of jazz, and suffered through numerous shut downs and openings in its original location. On top of it all, it really IS a cavern (of the made-up kind)!
Last night we went to hear the Christian Scott Quintet. Christian is a two-time Edison Award winning jazz trumpeter, composer and producer (so says Wikipedia), as well as a fan of fashion (by observation). I was very taken by the artful incarnations of his trumpet, cornet and flugel. He told me they were built by Adams Brass Instruments out of the Netherlands based on his personal sketches.
Christian played hard and with a level of intensity that was maintained by his red-hot band throughout the entire show. I was impressed by his improvisation as well as his command of the instrument. He wrote or arranged most of the compositions, including a tribute to his lovely wife who sang a sultry version of “Summertime” and the finale, a tune by Herbie Hancock. Sharp kid with a whole career ahead of him.