24 November 2007

Real estate jazz

Some friends of mine were selling a house up the road, so Dirk and his crew appeared for the third time in recent years in my street. Dirk has a busy little sideline of playing in the lead up to house auctions around town, presumably most Saturdays. I guess it relaxes the bidders. It’s certainly a civilised twist to the event. Anyway, it was a short set of standards (rhythm changes in Bb, St Thomas and the like) and very nicely played. Solid, stable rhythms, some lovely, twisted sax lines, and an idiosyncratic, black-hatted presence amongst the house-buying bourgeoisie. Short but sweet. That is, until the guys had to pack up and rush off to the next auction. Who’d have thought Saturday mornings would be such a busy time for jazz players? Dirk Zeylmans (tenor sax) played with Graham Monger (guitar) and Phill Jenkins (bass).

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