Thousands may have watched with festive flair in temperatures of 4 degrees while the infamous ball descended in Times Square, New York, but in Los Angeles on a foggy and cold New Year's Eve we had our very own innovative transcend into 2009.
The Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles, California presented a celebration which captured and warmed a sold out crowd on the final night of 2008.
There was the magic of music, camaraderie, celebration, champagne, tasty hors d'oeuvres, soul connection, and unlimited elation.
A breath-taking and illustrious Guitarist, Kenny Burrell was on hand with 4 extraordinary artists giving an exhilarating performance to usher in 2009.
The Phenomenal James Moody was on Saxophone
An uplifting Benny Green on Piano
The Soul Stirring Clayton Cameron on Drums
A Resounding Trevor Ware on Bass
They began the channel leading us out of 2008 with a piece, "Building a Blues Monument".
We experienced a wonderful work of art as each musician showcased their individual chops to masterpiece.
The complexity dusted with a tantalizing tranquility. It was both exciting and soothing to behold.
Billy Strayhorn's, "In a Mellow Tone" and "Satin Doll" was done with distinction and would bring a smile and nod to "Stray" and "Duke's" faces had they been present that evening.
Kenny's magic placed the audience under his spell. Trevor on Bass with his intuitive spiritual style kept us in shimmering moment.
My favorite, the John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie Latin Groove "Night in Tunisia" was almost more than I could stand. The show was brought to a mesmerizing stop by a fervent Drum solo from Clayton made us all forget the hardships of 2008 and each fear of the future was bounced out the doors.
A nice trade of fours as in fours bars of music per musician in a call and response was conducted between Kenny on Guitar and Benny on Piano with Clayton, Trevor, and James each getting a turn to make it plain.
Miles Davis tune, "All Blues" was true to its name as Kenny and Benny had us submerged in the spirit of the Blues.
James Moody performed a vocal Blues, scat-filled, Jazz embracing, Hip-Hop howling original of his own making. James swooned, crooned, pleaded, and deleted all ardent emotion filled expressions to the audience with love wishes for Christmas and for a Happy New Year. Mr. Moody even cut a few soulful steps to accent the rhythmic and rousing moves.
The attentive and contemplative fans smiled, laughed, nodded approval, and cried connecting with the groove.
At 12:00 am "Auld Sang" was performed and Kenny shared a heartfelt Happy New Year to all to enthusiasts.
We serenaded all night in perfect union with the great quintet. A devoted audience that gave 2008 a happy goodbye and welcomed a translucent and fresh 2009 with hope, health, and happiness with Kenny, James, Benny, Clayton, and Trevor guiding the way into an elegant, jazz/blues and melodic 2009.