Monday, June 14, 2004

Jazz By Citrinella Light

Everything else may slow down, but the octogenarian fingers on display last night at Ravinia were in fine form.

Dave Brubeck is 83 and Marian McPartland (to whom the adjective saucy can be applied liberally) is 86 but when they played they cast off the mortal coil. Ramsey Lewis was the youthful upstart of the evening at 69. After the sun had set and the wine filled my glass the third or fourth time, I happily reclined in my collapsible chair and savored the buzz. The weathermen had been overzealous in their predictions for evening thunderstorms as not a cloud was in the sky to obscure the dusting of stars introduced throughout the evening.

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