Sunday, August 11, 2013
Cooking With Gas
I've been sleeping on one the region's most popular jazz bands.
Until I witnessed the excited frenzy at the Gaslight Grill last Monday, I didn't realize that the New Red Onion Jazz Babies' monthly appearance in the back room of the Leawood restaurant was one of the hottest tickets in town. I hadn't seen the band perform since Jardine's was shuttered and had wrongly assumed that it was running on fumes.
With a average tab that probably exceeds $25, attending the monthly concert of traditional jazz is a pricey proposition. Even so, reservations for the event are tough to secure.
Gregarious owner Dick Hawk claims that the New Red Onion Jazz Babies is the world's finest Dixieland band. He contributed a bit of enthusiastic keyboard work as he sat in with the large ensemble during the second of three sets. Lynn Zimmer, the clarinetist who leads a band at the venue several nights a week, was just one of the group's outstanding soloists.
The toe-tapping music is complimented by excellent service and fine dining. While I'd been oblivious to its popularity, the appeal of the monthly gathering isn't difficult to understand.
(Original image by Plastic Sax.)