So last Wednesday, I had the car during the day and decided to go to Farmers Market downtown to buy some vegetables during my lunch break. By the time I found a parking spot and made my way to the stalls, most everything was picked over. But there was a jazz quintet playing on the main stage and they were good. I spent most of my lunch hour listening to the music after discovering it was the first day of the Jazz Festival. After work, I picked up some tickets for Hubs and myself to see the headliners, Jason Marsalis and Kevin Mahogany, in concert on the Friday evening.
These two did not disappoint. Jason Marsalis is the younger brother of Wynton Marsalis, the great trumpeter, and Branford Marsalis, the great saxophonist who performed with Sting and Phil Collins at Live Aid in London. Branford also composed the score to Fences, a play we saw in New York back in Spring 2010 starring Denzel Washington and Viola Davis. The entire Marsalis family is incredibly talented.
Jason Marsalis is an accomplished percussionist and he has recently focused on playing the vibraphone. His playing is incredible, and his timing is so precise. He also served as the band leader during the evening, a role he performed to perfection.
Kevin Mahogany is an excellent vocalist, and a master at scat singing....which is incredibly difficult to pull off successfully. Jeff Pressing states that "For every first-rate scat-singer in the world, there must be 500 talented jazz saxophonists."
Hubs and I were absolutely delighted at the calibre of talent at the jazz concert. Marsalis and Mahogany performed selections by Lionel Hampton. Their backing band was a full jazz band, and every musician was technically brilliant in their own right, particularly during their featured solos. I was happy the audience was very appreciative, most were jazz enthusiasts who appreciated the talent. If you ever get a chance to see these two men perform, go and see them. You won't regret it.
I met these two after the concert, both men were genuinely appreciative of their audience and truly love what they do. What's better than that?