I’m not quite ready for the jazz scene yet

Paul playing the piano at home The last night of our trip to Portland we all decided to go to Tony Starlight's http://www.tonystarlight.com to listen to jazz. My brother-in-law Tom is heavily involved with the jazz scene in Portland and is the president of the board of the 2011 Portland Jazz Festival. A group of three young men from Switzerland, playing piano, bass, and, drums, performed that night. Well I'm not sure if attending that show was the wisest decision for me. I hadn't purposely gone to hear jazz since my son Paul died almost twelve years ago, and once there and listening to the music, all I could do was compare that group to many similar trios Paul used to play all young men playing avant-garde tunes. However, this music was hard to listen to quite discordant in a lot of parts, and they played nothing recognizable. Though Tom compared Paul's music to theirs, I feel that Paul's music was much more melodic. He played his riffs on the high notes; they played loud … [Read more...]