Seeing music live is a great way to really feel the music, especially when you position yourself directly between the cymbals. Be at the center of it all with this GrouponLive deal: for $38, you get a jazz show and dinner at Blues Alley (up to an $76.20 total value). The package includes:
- One ticket to see Roy Hargrove (a $40 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:
- Tuesday, October 9, at 8 p.m.
- Tuesday, October 9, at 10 p.m.
- Wednesday, October 10, at 8 p.m.
- Wednesday, October 10, at 10 p.m.
- Thursday, October 11, at 8 p.m.
- Thursday, October 11, at 10 p.m.
- Sunday, October 14, at 8 p.m.
- Sunday, October 14, at 10 p.m.<p>
Doors open at 6 p.m. before 8 p.m. shows and at 9:45 p.m. before 10 p.m. shows.
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 sounds of Texas trumpeter Roy Hargrove and his band. In his journey as a young Wynton Marsalis protégé who grew into a Verve Records artist and veteran bandleader by age 42, Roy Hargrove has always tipped his hat to tradition while pursing his lips to pursue luscious and uncharted tones. A two-time Grammy winner in the fields of Latin jazz and instrumental jazz, Roy’s mix of old-fashioned bebop, Latin shuffle, and candlelight soul keeps him a herd of ponies ahead of most one-trick ponies.
Joined by his band, whom the New York Times describes as “a vintage Mercedes sedan, cruising down the center lane of the modern-jazz interstate,” Roy strips jazz down to its bare essentials as he huffs and buffs his trumpet, giving it the vibrato of a sheep riding a jackhammer. Following Roy’s lead, New Orleans pianist Sullivan Fortner tickles the ivories like an infant’s belly, drummer Montez Coleman lays down a solid foundation of snare and kick-drum, and alto-saxophonist Justin Robinson riffs until his reeds turn to mud.
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.