CABARET AT THE MEADOWS
The Mt. Ashland Room was filled to capacity with an audience eager to enjoy an hour of socializing and listening to wonderful music offered by our own Alan Berman, who performed with his trio. Alan played his keyboard rather than the grand piano for this event. He told me the keyboard, because of its more fluid action, gives him a flexibility that is not available when he plays the grand piano.
Performing with him was bassist, Jeff Addicott and drummer, Garrett Edmands. The trio plays monthly at the Imperial Event Center in Medford, and at the Ashland YMCA, providing music for ballroom dancing. Alan says that this is a new role for him. His focus has always been more jazz oriented. This new approach has sparked his enthusiasm and has allowed him to play music of a slightly different genre. Rhumbas, tangos, waltzes, fox trot and swing please the dancers and the musicians.
On Friday afternoon, he was back to his jazz style, and was obviously having fun enjoying musical conversations with Jeff and Garrett. A request by Jean Walters for the old favorite, Mac the Knife, had everyone humming along. Other tunes incuded My Romance, Early Autumn, Smile, Love Is Just Around the Corner, Almost Like Being in Love, and several others. What a delightful musical treat!