Friday, June 05, 2009

From The Bayou to Bohemia...

"You people in Charleston make me feel like I'm playing at home," exclaimed Tab Benoit at the Pour House Wednesday night.

Born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, he's a singer and guitar master of swamp, soul and Chicago blues that reflects his Cajun roots.

He "thanked" a very hoarse couple in front who had shouted along with him all night and told "Tequila Man" he would be remembered. Vaguely.

Then he asked how many people had a trailer hitch on their cars?

He said he wanted to be on a boat next time he came to town "..to get out on the water and I get to drive it - FAST," he added. "We know how to do that down in Louisiana."

There was not really a Scandal In Bohemia. That is the name of the 5-piece jazz group that played upstairs at Mistral on Thursday.

And play they did!

Take a fairly typical jazz makeup of drums and bass and add a flute, a soprano sax and have the leader squeezing an accordion. This produces a very nice mix and sound.

Nathan Koci, accordion, was the spokesman.

He said he was pleased with the progress of the new JAC (Jazz Artists of Charleston) and the recognition the city was gaining as a showcase of musical talent.

Nathan led the band through an hour and a half of French, Hungarian and American music.

And all that jazz.

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