Yesterdays at Bourbon St Grille

So far, Bourbon Street Grille looks like a winner. There were 2 people who thought the music was too loud. Everything else I heard was positive: easy and quick to get to, no parking hassles, and attentive wait staff. The menu has many options and many took advantage of it. Afterwards, I talked to Liz, the manager, and she was happy and excited to continue hosting us.

Next time we're going to be in a larger room slightly further from the bar so we don't bother people watching football and we can fit more people. For those with sensitive ears, the sound should be quieter. Trumpeter Paul Dietrich will join us for the first time. Paul went to school at Lawrence and DePaul and has been active in the Madison jazz scene since moving here a few years ago. He'll be joined by Doug Brown - guitar, Matt Rodgers - bass, and Devin Drobka - drums.

The featured tune on October 4th is Yesterdays. This is a beautiful and often played song. Chord charts, playalongs, and videos are available on Learn Jazz Standards. I especially like the Stan Getz version so here it is.

Jam moves to Bourbon St Grille!

View of the Yahara River from the 3rd floor deck at Bourbon St Grille.

Big news: the jam has moved. We've been looking for a new home for a while and Bourbon St Grille is excited to have us and we're excited to be there. Our next jam this Sunday will be 4-7 pm (as always) but at our new location:

6308 Metropolitan Lane
Monona, Wisconsin 53713

What's different? There is plenty of free parking, and the restaurant is open with a full menu. The location is also easily accessible just off the beltline. We won't have a piano - we'll use a keyboard. We'll use our own beautifully functioning PA.

What's the same? Everything else, same great bands, music, and fun. This week the band is Dan Wallach - sax, John Christensen - bass, Mark Davis - keyboard, and Rodrigo Villanueva - drums. The featured tune is "Lester Leaps In." We've done this tune and other rhythm-change-based songs in the past. I searched the site for "Lester Leaps" and this link shows the results. The 1st four entries have lots of useful information about soloing over this form.

See you at the jam.... and don't forget we've moved to Bourbon St Grille. Spread the word!