The problem: Jazz is meant to be played in small, intimate venues. However, the small, intimate venues do not have the cash to book the great acts, to buy good pianos and maintain them, and set up the sound so that the great musicians sound good. So you end up going to concert halls to hear the greats, and the sound is good but there is something so wrong about hearing jazz in a concert hall with an assigned seat.
I have only had two perfect jazz club experiences. The Village Vanguard offers the great music in the classic venue. And now, here is the Ellington Club. The Ellington Club has a nine-foot concert grand, a beautiful house drum kit made my Gretsch, dry white wine that will knock your socks off, and patrons that are truly there to hear the music (although they seem not to have gotten the memo about clapping after solos). I heard a South African vocalist and here WAAPA-trained pickup band and they were fantastic. What a perfect experiences.
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