Sunday, June 9, 2013

Concert Review: The New Vintage Big Band at the Brooksider Bar & Grill

I began to detect the invigorating sound of The New Vintage Big Band from over half a block away as I walked toward the Brooksider Bar & Grill last Wednesday.  The sound of a big band thrills me so much that it took all of my willpower to avoid the urge to accost passerby on the sidewalk who were ignoring the music.

"Where are you going?" I wanted to ask.  "How can you possibly discount that sound?"

Once seated inside the Brooksider, I spotted about 30 people who shared my enthusiasm.  Even with multiple large-screen televisions airing a Royals game and an NHL playoff match, these dedicated listeners remained mesmerized by the band.  A few of the sports bar's other patrons managed to ignore the band in spite of its volume.

The current edition of New Vintage is a nice mix of established veterans (including Jeff Hamer and Rob Whitsitt), young up-and-comers (including Brett Jackson and Dominique Sanders) and several guys unfamiliar to me.   A powerful solo by saxophonist David Freeland on "A Night In Tunisia" was very impressive. 

The band used to play on the first Wednesday of each month at BB's Lawnside BBQ.  I assume that it occupies the same slot at the Brookside establishment.  I'm counting on someone from the band to confirm my hunch in the comment section of this post.

The New Vintage Big Band was last featured at Plastic Sax in 2009.   The ensemble's Always and Forever album is available at Spotify.

(Original image by Plastic Sax.)


Jack Taylor said...

My name is Jack Taylor, and I lead the New Vintage Big Band, having founded it in 1991.

B.B.'s Lawnside BBQ decided to end our monthly first Wednesday gig in December of 2012.

After going homeless for a few months, we're having a blast at the Brooksider.

I'm trying hard to reach all of our old fans from B.B.'s, but not all of them have re-discovered us yet.

I'd be interested if you could share how YOU knew we were there.

last, but not least, we are the studio working on a follow-up to "Always and Forever".

Thanks for the write-up!

Happy In Bag said...

Jack, I heard about the gig via a comment Dominique Sanders made on Facebook or Twitter on the day of the show.