A lot has changed in the last 24 hours. We found out yesterday Bourbon St Grille is closed, I met with the owner of The Rigby this morning, and we held our first jam there this afternoon. It’s really nice…. you are going to like it.
The Rigby is at 119 E. Main St in downtown Madison. Although it is downtown, parking is not a problem; it is away from the Overture Center and all the hubbub. Today, there were plenty of spots on the street. For long time Madison residents, this is the location of the old Casbah restaurant. You enter on the 1st floor and go up the back stairs to the 2nd floor. It seats 40 people comfortably and has more standing room if needed. There is a nice stage for the band, the room acoustics are very natural, and the food today was very good.
It was kind of amazing we were able to have the jam today. We are super thankful to the band: John Lombardo – drums, Francis Deck – bass, Mark Ramirez – keys, and Ken Hoffman – sax. These guys filled in at the last moment and the music was as good as ever.
We’ll be back again on Feb 21st. The band is Paul Dietrich – trumpet, Mark Davis – keys, Rand Moore – drums, and John Schaffer – bass. The featured tune is Clifford Brown’s, “Sandu,” an Eb blues. It’s nice to know a blues in something other than Bb or F, and this tune is commonly played at jam sessions. Here’s the original: