Saxophonist Trowzer Boa and his Robot Band streamed some smooth and sexy jazz last night to one of our favourite clubs from his home in Philadelphia.
His music is very danceable so Dottie and I took full advantage of the couple dance balls at Sunset Jazz Club :))
He began with a swing bossa nova, a lovely light tune The Mambo Inn which really hops along based on the samba rhythm.
There followed slow foxtrots and waltzes starting with Harlem Nocturne - a jazz standard written by Earle Hagen and Dick Rogers in 1939 and also the theme song for the television series Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer.
Then Trow played an original piece - Blues in Disguise followed by one of my favourites for dancing, the subtle and sensory ballad written by John Blackburn and Karl Suessdorf and published in 1943 - Moonlight In Vermont ... mmm really smoochy :))
On stage with him Trow has 3 robots - guitar, percussion, keyboard. These represent what he calls his Robot Band - backing tracks loops and synthesizers on his PC at home.
With no bio or subscribomatic on stage Trow let's his music do the real talking. Luckily Dottie found the link to his website on his profile. He had a very appreciative audience of about 35 people which he explained by saying they had stayed on from the previous performers - Not so Trow !!! We were there because we enjoyed your show !!
Next he played a lovely rippling piece, a very catchy tune from texan trumpeter Roy Hargrove's album Earfood - Strasbourg / St Denis named after a stop on the Paris Metro.
Another original work a jazz waltz - Playground Song was followed by the beautiful bossa nova swing rhythm of Right as Rain - recently sung by londoner Adèle and perfect for the dance - Follow Me.
Another smoochy piece followed, the popular standard - Bye Bye Blackbird a song published in 1926 by the american composer Ray Henderson and lyricist Mort Dixon, and first recorded in the same year by Gene Austin.
His final piece was another original Blues From an Old Friend.
So folks if you want a very pleasant evening relaxing and dancing cheek to cheek with partner or friend you know who to look out for :))
Altogether he played nine pieces in the hour. Trow played a fine and varied selection of rhythms and melodies and put on a very smooth, professional and competent performance.
Dottie and I enjoyed his show and our evening immensely :))
Thank You Trowzer !!
Trowzer's bio tells us that his real life incarnation Dave Renz has been playing saxophone professionally on the East Coast of the USA since the early 1990’s. His compositions and performances have appeared on cd’s alongside Steve Howe, Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull), Robert Hazard and Annie Haslam (Renaissance). He has recorded with some of the top players/producers in the industry, most recently for Grammy winning producer Phil Nicolo as part of the Klemmer-Hill-Reid project. He leads The Acoustic Groove Project - an ensemble committed to the exploration of the sound of traditional jazz defined through the Caribbean, Latin American, and Urban groove of today’s music.
Here's the link to his website:
Here's the SLURL to get to The Sunset Jazz Club: