SWMBO and I went to an outdoor jazz concert the other night. In the middle of the monsoon! We had doubts about it but got there early enough to shelter under the roof of the amphitheatre. It was an occasion because we knew the keyboard player, Joel Robin, from way back in the 70's. We had never heard his wife, Delphine Cortez, but knew she was one of the premier jazz singers in Phoenix. And how much can I say about the fabulous Margo Reed. As I told her at intermission, we had seen her and her sister Francine the first time they sang publicly in Phoenix. There was a jazz festival going on at a shopping center and these two girls, in their cutoff shorts and t-shirts came up from the audience and just took over the stage. Margo told me the other night that the band was led by Keith Greko and "he didn't like performing with chick singers!" But they were fabulous. Margo later went on tour and became a very well known performer. Later her sister Francine did the same thing, performing with Lyle Lovett's Large Band and leading her own group, as she was when we saw them in Guadalajara, Mexico during the Cervantes Festival.
At any rate, the concert the other night was a great experience. Margo was as sassy as ever with all the style of a great singer. Delphine, as I told Joel, just creates a symphony on stage and she's a great scat singer.
As for the band, Joel is better than I can ever remember him. He does a number of arrangements as well. Drummer Cleve Huff kept everything on time and showed some great skill as a soloist. Saxaphonist Tony Vacca was a new find for us and he was spectacular, whether playing his solo riffs or doing back-and-forth with Delphine.
It was a great evening. Now, gentle readers, go out and hear some live jazz!