I had a great opportunity last Monday night to experience the live jazz series Black-Eyed Sally’s hosts each week. It was a great first experience since my friend and I were there to see the Jonathan Barber Quartet, founded by one of the musicians we saw perform the week before at the New Britain Museum of American Art.
Speaking from this one performance, the Black-Eyed Sally’s atmosphere is perfect for enjoying live jazz. Our table right next to the band felt very intimate. We enjoyed an excellent dinner of a full rack of ribs, mashed potatoes, garlic green beans, and corn bread, while enjoying the music. The colorful artwork on the walls embodies the underground music scene, providing a visually stimulating setting.
The hip-hop influenced jazz beats had Black-Eyed Sally’s patrons dancing in their seats even though there was a big enough dance floor for the whole place to get down together. This particular jazz series is very special because it also acts as a jam session, allowing musicians (mostly students) to join the featured band and have the opportunity to perform in a club setting in front of an audience.
I would definitely return to Black Eyed-Sally’s for another Monday Night Jazz session!