There aren't that many jazz rooms left in Brooklyn, now that the 2nd edition of Puppets has passed to that great jazz club in the sky. Fortunately, WBGO has stepped in to fill the gap with its monthly BrooklyNites Jazz series at the Brooklyn Museum. The shows, which are held in the glass-enclosed pavilion facing Eastern Parkway, are included with museum admission, which stays open 'til 10pm on Thursdays. Which means that, even if the music is awful, you can at least go look at some art.
Fortunately, that wasn't necessary this past Thursday, when the Evolution Jam Session - usually held Tuesday nights at Zinc Bar - brought in a tight quintet led by Sharel Cassity on saxophone, with Michael Dease on trombone and flugelhorn, Benito Gonzalez on piano, bassist David Wong (Roy Haynes, Heath Nrothers), and the always-amazing Winard Harper on drums. Later on, everyone from tenor Chelsea Baratz to a Gregory Hines-like tap dancer joined in the mix. All held tight through standards like "Caravan," though the older woman who tried to sing Cole Porter made for a good opportunity to check out the gift shop. At the end, the entire crowd - which edged a bit on the older side - stood up and applauded. I almost felt like I was back in Montreal.
The next BrooklyNites Jazz event happens Thursday August 16 with trumpeter Antoine Drye. Show starts at 7pm.
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