Something Magical At Crossroads Jazz Jam, Tuesday 11/24/2009 (with audio)
Posted by D.A. Gutierrez in Cornell McGhee, Crossroads, Garwood, NJ, Dave Ginsberg, David Petrucelli, Earl Grice, James Gibbs III, Jazz Events, John Petrucelli, Radam Schwartz, Recaps & Reviews, Stan Myers
November 26th, 2009 No Comments »
Something magical happened at The Crossroads this past Tuesday night. It follows a familiar pattern this time of year:
As the students who have been away at college for several months come home for the holidays, they bless us with the musical gifts they have been honing in the halls of academia. The energy is high as some friendly back-and-forth takes place between the musicians as they vie for their place on the proverbial totem pole.
Open Jams are always an opportunity for musicians and vocalists alike to stretch their legs and experiment a little, but this Tuesday kicked it up a notch or two as James Gibbs III engaged in some musical jousting with college students David Petrucelli, John Petrucelli, Trumpeter-extraordinaire Dave Ginsberg and others.
Vocalists Benson and Yasko Koko enthralled the crowd with the highlights of the night, as the musicians backed them up with energetic, heart-pounding performances.
First, Benson performed a stirring acapella gospel tune, with the musicians joining him as the number took a decidedly bluesy turn.
Then Yasko with Radam Schwartz on Hammond B3 organ and a six-horn cadre of musicians followed him up with a powerful, energetic version of Spiral Staircase’s “More Today Than Yesterday”
It’s easy to be moved by the passion of the musicians when you attend a Jazz Jam, but if you were in attendance this past Tuesday, you’ll understand when I say that this one was just a few cuts above your standard jazz jam.
Every Tuesday at 9:30pm is Open Jazz Jam at Crossroads. Feel free to drop in for a listen – and if you’re a singer or musician, be sure to bring your instrument and see Stan Myers for a chance to jam.
Crossroads is located at:
78 North Avenue
Garwood, NJ 07027