Singer Megan Birdsall was this blog’s first, albeit brief, photo layout. Hermon Mehari is trumpeter in Diverse (and a bunch of other groups around town). Last month at Megan’s regular last-Wednesday-of-the-month gig at Jardine’s, Hermon and sax man Steve Lambert unexpectedly dropped by and sat in on the last set. They further propelled that impulsive spontaneity already blazing through so much of Megan’s music. The best jazz, to my ears, is live jazz embracing the unexpected. Especially when it's live jazz by musicians this outstanding.
Here’s what it looked like (with no slight to Steve, whose horn was equally terrific...I just happened to capture more shots of Hermon that night). Clicking on a photo should open a larger version of it.
Left to right: Paul Smith, piano, Steve Lambert, sax, Megan Birdsall, vocals, Hermon Mehari, trumpet, Bob Bowman, bass, Tim Cambron, drums
Megan and Paul
Paul, Megan, Hemon, Bob and Tim
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