//Ad libs: Shades of Blue

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Shades of Blue

Andrew Currier and his stand-up bass graced our cover back in February, when he let me sit in on a rehearsal of his trio Panthelion.

Was it classic jazz, Latin, tropical, or mystical moody music? All of the above, especially when you throw in Peruvian box drums and a golden trumpet. Rain poured outside and it was easy to lose yourself in the music.

Currier, who grew up in Palo Alto, is back on stage again this Sunday as part of the quartet Shades of Blue, presented by San Jose Jazz. He's performing originals and standards with Jonathan Bautista on saxophone, Joe De Rose on drums, and Frederick Harris on piano. The show is at the City Lights Theater in San Jose -- a great, intimate venue -- at 7:30 p.m.

Photo cropped from the Weekly's Feb. 29, 2008 cover, shot by Veronica Weber.