Tonight (4/5/12) is WSU Faculty and Student jazz night at the pub, and I’d like to write a post specifically for these guys.
If you haven’t been down for these shows, you are truly missing out.
For the past two years we have been hosting Rich MacDondald and the gang once a month during the school year, and each performance has been special.
The music generally begins around 8:00, always with Rich, and most often with Larry Price, Eric Graham, Ray Dretske and a number of the best local jazz veterans taking the stage together. I’d dare to say that this is one of the best combos playing on any given night in the state, and surely the best you will find playing a no cover charge show in a small bar in a small town anywhere ever! When they play, they demand your attention. Plus, its wonderful to see these guys have great fun on stage together.
As the night progresses, they invite their students to the stage. This is great too. It is a wonderful educational opportunity for the students to sit in at a gig with these veteran musicians. The students bring a different energy to the room and it’s fun to see them gain confidence with each song until they catch fire.
The bar donates money to the WSU Friends of Jazz each show, so coming down and checking it out helps fund a good organization.
We at Ed’s would like to thank these guys for their talents and their efforts in making these nights happen!