Thursday, December 27, 2007
Where: Cave Vin
Who: Rhonda Laurie (voice), Reynold Philipsek (guitar), Matt Senjem (bass)
Cave Vin owner Ken Wills has wanted to feature live music at his restaurant since it opened, and now he can. City regulations have changed and nearby hot spot Cafe Maude is putting the pressure on with music every Friday and Saturday including some of the Twin Cities' best jazz artists. So we can enjoy the lovely sounds of Rhonda Laurie, who has a regular 6:30–9:30 on Wednesday night gig at the bistro on Xerxes through at least February 13. The food is excellent and reasonably priced, the music a perfect accompaniment.
Rhonda usually sings with Jeff Brueske on bass; we heard Matt Senjem instead and liked him a lot. Classic jazz tunes with a hot club feel. Very nice for the night after Christmas.
Philipsek is a busy guy. He plays with the Twin Cities Hot Club (as does Senjem) and other artists around town, and he has made more than 25 recordings. He's currently reading Horace Silver's autobiography.