Saturday, July 16, 2011

Good Enough for Jazz

Randy Craig Jazz Band's guitarist, Terry at Caffe Trieste, ink & watercolor, 7x5"
Randy Craig Trio at Caffe Trieste, Ink & Watercolor

On a rainy Tuesday night (it never rains in June here!) we met at Caffe Trieste, a small, very "North Beach" coffee house in Berkeley. The place was packed with fans of jazz and espresso. The wonderful Randy Craig Trio squeezed their equipment into a corner and started playing, accompanied by two terrific female singers.

Gelato at Trieste, ink & watercolor
Gelato at Caffe Trieste

Their music brought back memories of the records my dad used to play, including a great rendition of Twisted, made famous in the 50s by Lambert, Hendricks and Ross (seen here playing with Count Basie at the Playboy Club) and later by Joni Mitchell. I loved getting to sketch with a live music accompaniment!

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