March 6, 2009
NE 48th & Fremont
Blake Lyman, sax
Dan Schulte, bass
Jonas Oglesbee, Drums
A very welcoming neighborhood wine bar is the scene for this fabulous
trio. Owned by Dominque Vidal, Diane Pierce and Patricia
who all happened to be present this evening, this venue is warm and
inviting - charming even - with terra cotta colored walls, contemporary
art and soft lighting, as well as a wonderful and reasonably priced
menu. My friend and I ordered a bottle of French wine and a
that I can’t pronounce the name of, but loved every bite
of. The staff was very attentive to all of their guests, and
there were quite a few of us. The music started at 7:00 and
crowd grew until it was a packed house at 9:00, full of happy people,
enjoying the atmosphere and the live jazz.
The band started off with a lively arrangement of “All or
At All”. It’s not every day that you hear
a trio that
doesn’t include piano or guitar, but it lent itself to an
openness and freedom for the sax and bass solos. On this
particular song, Dan delivered his customarily spirited offering on his
acoustic bass. So fun to watch and listen to. Dan
seasoned professional, committed to the artistic elements of
performance-- nothing out of the can from this guy! Watch for
more from him at the Cathedral Park Jazz Festival, Silverton Wine Fest
and the Vancouver Wine and Jazz Festival.
Blake is a very concise band leader, providing charts for his original
tunes (and there were many of them), as well as an easy bantering with
the crowd. His sax solos were smooth and soulful.
“But Not For Me” and “Green Dolphin
were two of my favorites. One of his impressive originals was
introduced as “Natalie’s Song”.
She had dark
hair, a red scarf, a shy smile…the melody moved between
tenderness and passion, and had all the girls wishing someone would
write a song like that about them. Since he finished Art
in 2007, he says he’s been “working to reconcile
I’ve learned with what I want to do.“
When I asked
him about his trio, he said, “These are 2 of the finest
I’ve heard. If you get a chance to hear them, by
do it. You won’t be
disappointed.” The 3 of
them obviously loved what they were doing, and played off of each other
quite nicely. Blake was right.
Nice brushwork and very tasteful accents characterized Jonas’
style. I’m always impressed when I can see that the
is listening to what is going on around him…he provided the
support and creative dynamics that took this trio to the next
level. Sensitive to the ebb and flow of each song, he played
energetically without ever overpowering. Jonas studied at Cal
Arts in L.A. as well as at Indiana University.
I hope you’ll take the time to check out this great spot that
supports live jazz, and to catch these guys next time they
And OMG---the chocolate cake!