And now for a quick look over at Hailey's and what is going on there on Wednesday nights. The Lounge Series started up in the beginning of summer, and for the most part, has continued to host weekly shows. Our friends over at Nica, who present this series, have been carrying the torch for Denton's jazz and funk audience as of late.
Ever since the decline of Cold Fusion and the police and neighbors complaining about the music on Fry St, the jazz and funk fans have relied on Hailey's Lounge Series as a release.
But I must admit, Denton Jazz Fans are still an oddity to me. I know they exist, and in large numbers. I have seen jazz shows packed to the walls before. I know they appreciate good music and they will support it the best they can. What I don't know is when and wear they will actually show up. I've been to The Lounge Series before while it was dead, and I've been there among a hundred other people. What gives?
Well, I'm sure most of my confusion lies within my lack of knowledge of the genre itself. Like I said, the jazz fan is a knowledgeable and passionate one. Someone who understands the subtle nuances of a great swell or an amazing stroll. Not me.
It is almost embarrassing how little I know of the genre considering that I spent 4.5 years at UNT and have lived in Denton for even longer. To me, the Jazz waters are vast and uncharted.
But something even I can understand is how impressive the show will be this week. This Wednesday, July 21 The Lounge Series will host, The Bernard Wright Trio. Featuring, you guessed it "the Godfather of Dallas jazz" Bernard Wright!
He is most well known for his brief but influential solo career in which he released five albums in nine years. His first, "Nard" which was released in 1981 is considered one of his best. However, it was 1985's single "Who Do You Love" that propelled Wright into the mainstream conscious
Bernard Wright is considered by many to be one of the very best jazz pianists alive today.
So be sure not to miss this show, you elusive jazz fan. Although I already know you won't. Your knowledge of the genre is infinitely greater than mine, but for a $3 cover and great drink specials, you don't need to be Herbie Hancock to figure this one out!