Friday, July 31, 2009
Jazz (and more) at The Phoenix
I'm quite fond of The Phoenix. I was genuinely pained by its closing in 2007 and delighted by its resurrection in 2008. That doesn't mean it's a great room for jazz. Rather, it's a great room to catch up with friends as jazz musicians provide ambiance. Perhaps because it focuses only on tight shots of vocalist D.J. Sweeney, pianist Roger Wilder and bassist Tim Brewer as a roomful of unseen people chatter in the background, this video is unintentionally painful.