Sunday, March 10, 2013
Every Monday night starting around 8PM, there is a jazz jam at Taste Restaurant (717 West Smith Street). I arrived straight from work. The drum set was just being set up, so I sketched the pieces as they fell into place. Several performers were UCF professors. Tracy Alexander performed on the drums, Greg Zabel on upright Bass, John Krasula on guitar and Joe Young on Trumpet. As the evening wore on more musicians entered the bar and they would step in on different riffs. I ordered tater tots and a Blue Moon. The dipping sauce was on the hot side so I needed the beer to negate the heat in my mouth.
I recognized some of the regular patrons from past sketching trips to Taste. The guy seated next to me asked a question I hear quite often, "Did you do that here?" Since the sketch is of the musicians we both just saw perform, it would seem quite obvious that I didn't do it out on the sidewalk or in my car. Anyway, the music was great. Each performer in turn launched into a long solo and when the moment was right the rest of the performers would join back in. I stepped out after the first set to rush back home.