Last night my husband and I went to a jazz concert in the village church. To tell you the truth, we had no idea what to expect. The poster said ‘Grand Concert de Jazz!’ It featured trumpet, saxophone, and vibraphone; and went on to say they played jazz and afro-Cuban music. Well, I love salsa, so I wanted to go. We settled in our seats (the little church was packed, actually) and the band introduced itself – the band leader and trumpetist was very funny. (And a vibrophone is a sort of electric xylaphone, which I didn’t know) Anyhow, they warmed up and started off with ‘White Christmas.’
They had background music and played over it – so that it sounded just like a big band. They played things like ‘The Girl from Ipanema’, ‘Tristiana’, ‘Favala’, and… my mind just went blank.
Anyhow, it was nice. The trumpet player was excellent, and I love the saxophone. The thing was the ‘White Christmas’ intro. They hit some off-key notes and I got a serious case of the giggles and had to hide it by pretending I’d had an allergy attack. Then about fifteen minutes later, because of the damp in the church, I did get an allergy attack, so I spent most of the evening buried in my Kleenex. Luckily I was sitting half hidden behind the statue of the Virgin Mary, so I didn’t bother anyone. My husband, who I had to drag to the concert, and who’d insisted on sitting right next to the door in case he wanted to bolt, LOVED the music and tapped his feet all night long to the rhythm. Two of our neighbors sat next to us, Jean-Jacques who owns the manor down the hill, and Jacques, my friend Patricia’s husband, who is a doctor, and who loves music – any kind of music. I really wanted to hear some salsa and blues, but it was mostly band music. They did play ‘When the Saints go Marching In’ at the end, and we all went out into the night marching and clapping. It was a lot of fun, actually.