The beauty of jazz

Went last night to Cafe Istanbul down in Newport. I think a few of you had said you’d been to one of those before but it was our first time…..Great! We stuck to a couple samplers, i.e., tons of food, mostly kebab meat, because there were too many yummy sounding things to choose.  Really good stuff. Definitely will have to go back to try out the cabbage dish and the eggplant caserol and….well, you get the point.

After that we went up to the Blue Wisp Jazz Club in downtown Cincy. The Phil De Greg (piano) trio (Bob Bodley, bass; Art Gore, drums) were playing an annual Christmas jazz show. It was great. We stayed for two sets. Yep, I took my crocheting along but we were sitting in a corner so most people couldn’t see me.  It consisted of these three guys playing songs that they hadn’t played since last year, choosing not only which tune they would play but also the key it would be in on the fly.  They did all kinds of Christmas standards including a samba version of O Holy Night and a calypso version of The First Noel. Art Gore got more notes out of his drums than I have had the pleasure of hearing anyone get. Phenomenal. Since they hadn’t played these tunes since last year’s show, they’d often have to take about 30 seconds before beginning to walk through the piece together before delivering a flawless performance. And on The First Noel, the bassist and the drummer hadn’t played that arrangement before. And you know it’s not just 5 minute, I, IV, V chord songs; 15 – 20 minutes of a head and then improvising on tunes that have lots of hard, hard chords that only Troy and my brother know the names of.  I’m just always stunned by the level of musicianship there; these people do things almost everyone I know now, except Troy and Brandon, could never do and they do it without breaking a sweat. Oh, you’ve never played this song before? Well, just do this and this. Ok, cool.  You can tell how impressing it all was.  I recommend a stop there if you’re ever in town.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. nikkip
    Dec 16, 2006 @ 19:46:24

    sounds like a fun night!


  2. Carrie Nelson
    Dec 27, 2006 @ 21:54:23


    I am researching articles on my Uncle- Bob Bodley and came across your site. I am so glad you enjoy his music. I wanted to relate that Christmas day, Bob died of cancer. As a family, we knew the time was drawing near, but to happen now is very hard on us all. Keep listening to that great Jazz and thanks for the wonderful comments.

    Here is a link to his funeral information:


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