Been to this a couple times now and always dug it. Lotta great players, guys (and girls!) come out of the woodwork, show up with an instrument, ready to get on stage and blow. Quality of musicianship super high. Some blazing sax players, fierce. And some really talented guitarists. Different bass players each time, again, top notch. And keys were awesome too, some killer solos. Holmberg holding it down throughout, but also will give up the drums to other folks. Love hearing jazz in a hockey bar. $2 PBRs and no cover, ya can’t beat it. Sound is good too.
Seems like Max Holmberg, the host and drummer, is doing a lot around town, bring jazz to new places, like Pies & Pints, Havana, etc. Says on his website’s bio that he’s a local and just graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston.
Cool set up on Wednesday nights at The Ship Canal (good fish tacos btw) playing straight ahead bop. First set was The Cantaloupes although Jay Thomas was off at Port Townsend so it was Chuck Kistler and Adam Kessler on bass and drums but didn’t catch the trumpet or piano players’ names. Trumpet had amazing tone, so smooth, mellifluous. Piano player had a Monk vibe, playing some dissonant lines, super fast in many cases, really cool interplay between him and the drummer.
Second set invited other players on stage, kids really, didn’t catch their names, but cool to see them get some stage time. Drummer held it down, got in a sweet solo, guitarist had really nice lines, good vibes all around.