Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Monday Night Jazz Jam was founded by the late pianist Billy Hall. This event has provided Great entertainment and supported numerous charities since 2008. The event happens on Monday nights at the New Mingo's Restaurant, 100 South Eola Avenue Orlando FL, in Downtown Orlando. Networking happens between 7 and 8pm and the Jam runs from 8 to 11pm. Several TOP Musicians and Vocalists including Joseph Jevanni on the keys, Don Black on the Sax, Jacqueline Jones-on vocals. The evening is hosted by Yvonne Coleman of Jazzy103.com
I arrived early and got a table near where the performers would set up. The drums were piled in and set up. The drummer asked if he could borrow my table for a second. He rolled his drum sticks on the table I assume to get a feel for their balance. Yvonne welcomed me. When the music fired up, the place came alive. I ordered a drink and settled into the sketch.
I sketched through the first set and finished up during the second set. Different musicians rotated in throughout the evening. There were plenty of singers who rotated in as well. There is an undeniable energy to these Monday night Jams. I didn't stay until the end. Once the sketch was finished, I headed home.