Smooth jazz is the sound of sophistication, unlike rough jazz, which is the sound of Louis Armstrong blasting chili out of his trumpet. Lend your ear to upscale scales with this GrouponLive deal: for $40, you get a jazz show and dinner package at Blues Alley (up to an $80.70 total value). The package includes:
- One ticket to see the Roy Haynes Fountain of Youth Band (a $44.50 value, including ticketing fees)
- Choice of entree with a side salad and nonalcoholic beverage (up to a $36.20 value, including a $2.50 surcharge)<p>
Choose from the following performances:
- Thursday, May 17, at 8 p.m.
- Thursday, May 17, at 10 p.m.
- Friday, May 18, at 8 p.m.
- Friday, May 18, at 10 p.m.<p>
Customers who purchased either of the below options may redeem those Groupons for the Roy Haynes Fountain of Youth Band show on Friday, May 18 at 8 p.m. or 10 p.m., Saturday, May 19 at 8 p.m. or 10 p.m., or the Art Sherrod Jr. Celebrates the Godfather of Go-Go on Sunday, May 20 at 8 p.m. or 10 p.m.:
- Sunday, May 20, at 8 p.m.
- Sunday, May 20, at 10 p.m.<p>
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 achieve satisfaction as ears imbibe the smooth sounds of both harmoniously tinkling dinnerware and the Roy Haynes Fountain of Youth Band. Winner of a 2011 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Roy’s resumé as a drummer stretches back to the 1940s and reads like a who’s who list of jazz or a book of baby names to ensure respect on the playground. His distinctive time signatures have flowed with the horns of greats such as Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, Stan Getz, and John Coltrane. Nicknamed “Snap Crackle” for his rapid-fire snare skills, the 87-year-old charmer leads his Fountain of Youth band through a foray of melodiousness, effortlessly blending bebop and free jazz with poetic motion and swing.
As the band sizzles, fans indulge in a full dinner of creole favorites, including a 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 in a soft roll, designed to nurture sophisticated, jazz-soundtracked dreams.