Date: May 29, 2009
Location: Firefly Club, Ann Arbor
Paul Keller (L, on bass) and his orchestra at their regular Monday night gig at the Firefly Club
I'd been meaning to get by the new Firefly Club some Monday night to hear Paul Keller's orchestra for a long time, but always talked myself out of it for one reason or another. One night I figured, what the hell at least go by it, and if there's a place to park maybe you'll want to go in.
There was. I did.
I sat in the back near the door and once the music began I started smiling. I knew I did the right thing. And then this crazy thought popped into my head. I realized at this point in my life I'd rather hear Paul Finkbeiner solo on trumpet than see the Mona Lisa. (nothing against the rest of the gang, who are also fabulous; Paul just happened to be playing at the time.)
It was great. I'll be back.
Maybe as soon as this Friday. Not too long ago, Paul put out a CD with Steve Richko at the piano and drummer and long-time collaborator Pete Siers called To Oscar with Love, a tribute to Oscar Peterson. Now Paul and Steve have a new CD, Swingin' The Praise, which brings together jazz, gospel, familiar spirituals and beloved hymns with a terrific jazz quintet featuring guitarist Randy Napoleon, saxophonist Ben Jansson and drummer Sean Dobbins.
Friday, June 19th, from 9pm to 1am the Firefly Club will be swinging as Paul and friends celebrate with a CD release party. It should be another great night.
Hope to see you there.
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