September 4, 2011
The week's tensions quickly dissolved Friday evening at the Millennium Park - Jay Pritzker Pavilion with the help of Bobby Broom and the Deep Blue Organ Trio with special guest
Bobby Watson--many thanks to the sponsors of the 33rd Annual Chicago Jazz Festival and the City Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events.
Expecting a traditional jazz organ genre experience, I was delighted by the Trio’s
contemporary edge and straight ahead approach. What’s not to like about hearing two former Art Blakey sidemen—Broom and Watson—stretching out on some straight ahead jazz? The Chicago based Deep Blue Organ Trio’s is an elite group of local musicians comprised of drummer Greg Rockingham, Hammond B3 organist Chris Foreman and jazz guitarist Bobby Broom.
For myself, I particularly enjoyed their modern treatment of “Tell Me Something Good” the Stevie Wonder composition that won Rufus a Grammy Award in 1974 and launched the career of Chaka Khan.
Captured by their modern feel and genuinely left wanting more, I’m looking forward to hearing these superb players soon on a Tuesday night at the Green Mill.