Monday, September 03, 2007

Two Good Reasons to Get Into Jazz


When I tell you, dear reader, that I spent Saturday night in a dark cellar, drinking cocktails and watching four - and sometimes five - men perform on a small stage, you could be forgiven for thinking "Ha, as usual, plus ├ža change etc." - but NO! Because this time (my italics) it was all in the name of culture. Well, nearly all - these two hotties certainly helped to rekindle my interest in jazz :-) Paris, of course, has a longtime relationship with the genre, with American jazz musicians moving to the City of Light as early as the 1920s. Who can think of St. Germain without the Age of Cool, Chet Baker, Miles Davis? And the scene here is still very much alive and kicking, so I'm not really sure why I don't go and see more. Anyway, this weekend, Pierre's friend Benjamin Le Jean was playing with his group L'Esprit de la Maison at the Caveau des Oubliettes in St. Michel. Not only was the music excellent (click on the link to check out his MySpace) but all the other details were just as they should be - a packed, smoke-filled basement, killer double-rum cocktails, pretty girls, cool guys and three sets that went on until past 2 a.m. (FYI the two sax players in the pic are Samuel Maingaud of L'Esprit de la Maison and guest Benjamin Petit). There was just one tiny - and very French - hitch in the proceedings when Benjamin Petit, after being announced as a special guest, was prevented from actually reaching the stage fora good five minutes by a long line of teens going through the obligatory French kissing goodbye ritual. Hilarious. Just to keep the cultural mix nice 'n' eclectic, dinner earlier was okonomiyaki at Aki (11 bis rue Sainte-Anne, 75002 - highly recommended) All this, plus Raph's birthday picnic in the Parc Montsouris, where I found myself playing "Time's Up!" and trying (unsuccessfully) to mime Marie Trintignant, while drinking champagne out of small bottles. More birthdays coming this week too...stand by...

7 comments:

Pierre said...

Miming Marie Trintignant, ah ah! This is crual!

Well, I see you've been stalking the Web looking for info about those sax players, and I'm highly impressed with that!

A few more info about them (I don't know if it's actually on their MySpace, since I can't access it from here...): Benjamin Petit is a plane pilot, but he's also a professional sax (as Ben told: "if he's not a pro, then I'm in kindergarten"). He is actually the one who plays for Star Ac' (that's prolly why he got that tanned skin, hey), and played with Claude Nougaro and Michel Jonasz... cool, isn't it? And he's part of the "One night, one girl" confederation.

"pretty girls, cool guys"... did you mean "pretty girls, HOT guys"? Je peux lire entre les lignes... Glad you liked it, anyway!

rhino75 said...

Hehe, YOU call it "stalking" - I call it "research" :-) Yes, Mr. Petit even has pics taken on the StarAc set on his MySpace. It's such a shame I didn't get to do my Kamel Ouali on him. Next time...

sis!! said...

Errrrrm they are HOT!!!

Pierre said...

Steve >> Yeah, you weren't "drunk enough", as Catherine Tate would say, to go doing your Kamel Ouali trick on him!

Ju >> We are talking about French sax jazz players, not about spotty British rock teenagers! Adding "hot" to that would be a pleonasm...

... how am I in pure French chauvin?

rhino75 said...

Sis, they WERE, especially through my rum goggles (thoughtfully provided by M. Pierre!!). Pierre, hahahaha, you know it's my favourite sketch...:D

Sis!!! said...

How very dare you!!! No matter what they ARE definitely hot and 'saxy' - ha ha!!! ;) Looks like you guys had a top night!!! xxx

Starman said...

Ah, another address to check out when we get to Paris. Merci bien!