Contrary to popular belief, blues music doesn't take its name from its melancholy lyrics, but from the color its musicians' faces turn after they forget to pause for air and pass out in their Cool Blue Gatorade. Show your appreciation for this breathless American art form with today's Groupon: for $36, you get one ticket to see jazz pianist Cyrus Chestnut (a $27.50 value), plus dinner including a side salad and a soda (up to a $45.10 value), at Blues Alley (up to a $72.60 total value including tax and a 16% gratuity). Choose from six performances:
• Thursday, July 21 at 8 p.m.
• Thursday, July 21 at 10 p.m.
• Friday July 22 at 8 p.m.
• Friday, July 22 at 10 p.m.
• Sunday, July 24 at 8 p.m.
• Sunday, July 24 at 10 p.m.
Since 1965, Blues Alley has hosted a steady parade of the nation’s finest jazz and blues musicians in a historic supper-club setting. Stomachs will achieve satisfaction as ears imbibe the smooth sounds of both harmoniously tinkling dinnerware and Cyrus Chestnut, a progressive jazz purveyor, composer, and educator whose nimble fingers have tickled ivories alongside such celebrated tunesmiths as Bette Midler and Freddy Cole. Chestnut has also bedecked the big screen in Robert Altman's Kansas City and served as piano chair of notable big-band jazz orchestras at the Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall.
While you listen, settle in with a full dinner of creole favorites, including your choice of entree, such as baked salmon, pasta with pesto and roasted red peppers, or crab-stuffed jumbo shrimp. The dinner menu is only available at the 8 p.m. show; those who attend the 10 p.m. show can select from a robust late-night menu, featuring blackened-fish sandwiches and smoky barbecue tenderloin nestled into a soft roll, designed to nurture sophisticated, jazz-soundtracked dreams.
This Groupon cannot be used for the filet mignon entree, bottled water, or alcoholic beverages.