“…What It Wuz, Wuz Jazz…”

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by rocky-o

I had the pleasure, recently, of sharing a night of jazz music that I hadn’t seen since many days gone by.

It was at a club called “The Crossroads”, (at 78 North Avenue in Garwood), where every Tuesday nite, for free, they have a ‘Jazz Jam’ with The X-Roads All Stars, and it reminded me of days, back in the city, where all-nite, smoke-filled rooms blessed the atmosphere for which the music could live in.

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And it was hot, I gotta tell ya’. These guys cooked like nobody’s business, allowing each member of this 5-piece to bring their own ‘piece’ to the table.

(And speaking of ‘bringing things to the table’, their menu features everything from Fried Chicken to Crab Cakes to Alligator that is truly awesome (trust me!)

The X-Roads All-Stars caught live, doin' their thang...

The X-Roads All-Stars caught live, doin' their thang...

The All-Stars feature Dave Ginsberg, who blew his trumpet high and mighty, while Radam Schwartz made his way up and down the keys (playing a ‘Hammond’ no less!)…Don Williams hit the skins with style, ably accompanied by Butch Johnson on congas…And, rounding out the sound on his six-string, Mr. Eric Johnson complimented jazz and blues into one unmistakable genre…

And while playing the music of legends like Duke Ellington, and Freddie Hubbard, the band themselves evoked many legends, including the likes of George Benson and B.B. King, Maynard and Miles, Jon Lord, Steve Gadd, Billy Cobham…

In fact, everyone from ‘Bird to Trane and back again’ showed up within the sounds that evening, with many ‘guests’ musicians and vocalists joining in as well, making the stage a threshold of talent and joy. (And they do this every Tuesday nite…with no cover charge!)

Stan Myers hosted the evening events, setting the stage (so to speak) for the evening’s festivities, and the feeling of those around even evoked a time and a place that had nothing in common with the current calendar’s events…

And it became a place…a place for people to smile at each other, to dig the music and feel connected, if for that alone…

…and what it wuz, wuz jazz…


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