The Jazz Gallery', an intimate upstairs space at 290 Hudson Street. This is a special occasion, not only because Gretchen Parlato and Taylor Eigsti have only played a handful of shows as a duo, but it's likely the last time either of them will perform at this historical spot again due to venue relocation.
The pair start off the evening with a rendition of Herbie Hancock's 'Butterfly' and go on to play their soothing version of Simply Red's 'Holding Back The Years' to the audience's satisfaction. Throughout the set we are struck by the musical bond between Gretchen and Taylor, who we are told are "very fond of each other".
Gretchen reflects on The Jazz Gallery's near-future move, saying, "It's very true, home is where the heart is so whatever venue they find we will create it and fill it with love. But it is nice to just appreciate this space because historically I'm sure we'll all walk by this corner and be like 'I remember when that was a jazz club'. And it's very special but we can definitely create this elsewhere."
Regulars are holding their breath for news on where the jazz hub will live next year. Wednesday night's second fundraiser concert, with performances from Brad Mehldau amongst others, could be the night when Deborah Steinglass, Executive Director, announces this.
Parlato's popular cover of 'Holding Back The Years'