Jazz Alley Features J.B. Saax & The Band Friday Night
Nothing is hotter, nothing is cooler, it is jazz. Even those of us that like a pair of python boots and a Stetson hat can relate to this truly unique melting pot of music. Tomorrow night, Friday September 5th, at The District it's another night of smooth jazz in Jazz Alley.
This Friday's performance features the rising stars of Lafayette's music scene. Jeremy Benoit, J.B. Saax and The Band in a set of hot Latin Jazz. Benoit and his bunch have been lighting up the local music scene with appearances throughout Acadiana. Many of you caught their act at Parc Jam during Festival International.Those of you fortunate enough to attend the UL/Southern Brunch this past weekend were treated to the smooth sounds of this group too. The band plays twice a month at their current home club The Brass Room here in town.
Jeremy Benoit, JB Saax, is the man in the spotlight. You can tell Jeremy simply enjoys playing music for people. His incredible phrasing and unique jazz twists on jazz standards and pop tunes provide a pleasant surprise with every note that resonates from his saxophone. Jeremy his bright smile and engaging personality also shine through as he welcomes you into each piece with what feels like a very personal invitation.
In addition to saxophonist Jeremy Benoit out in front of the band, this group features an incredible collection of homegrown Acadiana talent. Clint Jones may be one of the best guitarist you will ever hear. The things he can do with that axe in his hands are simply amazing. Lincoln Landry will inspire you and impress you with his mastery of the bass guitar. It's as if Lincoln and his bass become one during each performance.
The group also features jazz vocalist Patsy Bienvenue whose sassy style would make Ella Fitzgerald smile. Jill Merkl also provides a different style of sultry vocals and is auxiliary keyboardist for the group.
Herb Green is featured percussionist whose ability to drive the beat and add the accents is punctuated by his outstanding fashion sense. Speaking of the beat, the band is held together by the impressive and tasty skills of drummer Derrick Washington.
Darryl Washington Junior is featured on lead keys and is musical director for the group and one of the most fluid piano artists I've heard in a very long time.The band has also added a new member, acoustic guitarist and vocalist Deon Paul Jones, whose vocal styles just might remind of John Mayer.
Jazz Alley will open its doors at The District Friday Night at 7pm. There is a $12 cover this includes some delicious Hors d'oeuvres prepared by Janet Ann's catering. VIP Seating and premium tables are available as well. The music is set to start at 8pm.