Posts Tagged ‘Trio Gusto’

gypsy à deux

March 20, 2010

You know how much we love gypsy jazz, here at World of Music.

Just last week I picked up a couple of new (to me) recordings of very fine Django-style players from the Netherlands: Lollo Meier and Stocholo Rosenberg. There’s quite a thriving gypsy jazz scene in that area, and these folks are among the best.

Two of this area’s finest pickers came together for a dream-team pairing this past Tuesday. Jim Stout (Queen City Hot Club) and Mike Martin (Trio Gusto) traded off lead and rhythm roles in a few swinging, toe-tapping sets at Leunig’s.

Often in a restaurant setting I’ve noticed the dining experience is the focus, even when really great live music is cooking in the midst. While it’s hard not to spend some time lingering over the carefully prepared, colorful and elegant meals at Leunig’s (escargot, vegetable Napoleon, chili pomegranate glazed scallops…mmm), the music enjoyed an equal spotlight with generous applause after every number and folks lined up at the bar just to watch the music being made.

With this year’s Discover Jazz Festival just around the corner, I hope we’ll hear a lot more from Stout and Martin in the months to come!

live music on a summer sunday

August 22, 2009

@ the lakefront Quadricentennial Festival in July

@ the lakefront Quadricentennial Festival in July

Shelburne’s Liberate Music and Arts Festival, the Music Festival of the Americas in Stowe, and many other festivals are wrapping up the season this weekend. We’re getting to that point in the summer, white shoes are still OK but the places to get out and wear them are dwindling. Pretty soon we’ll have to find the wool socks again to keep our toes warm in sandals.

Some options for your Sunday tomorrow, if your weekend could still hold a little more live music:

Saint-Gaudens Summer Concert Series (New Hampshire) – last performance starts at 2 at the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site and features “The Jennings”, Andrew (violin) and Gail (piano) Jennings

Maple Jam – concert 2–5PM at the Fisk Farm Art Center in Isle La Motte

Radio Bean in Burlington – starting at 5, gypsy jazz with Trio Gusto

Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival – last concert at 12:30; contra-dance at 2 – at the Three Stallion Inn in Randolph

Opera North – last performance at 7:30 – Rossini’s The Barber of Seville

Summer’s coming to a glorious end, enjoy what’s left in every way you possible can. The fall festival season isn’t too far off now!


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