If you’ve read my blogs, you know that South is the one of the best places in the city to hear wonderful live jazz music. We have had the privilege to see and hear wonderful artists such as local favorite Lynn Riley and jazz legend Stanley Jordan. On this night we had the opportunity to check out a new group, the Dominican Jazz Project, and I am so glad we did.
The Dominican Jazz Project began in 2014 when Dominican born jazz artist, Guillo Carias, invited American jazz pianist, Stephen Anderson, to perform with him and local musicians for the 2014 Jazzomania Jazz Festival in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Things went so well that night that drummer, Guy Frómeta, asked Stephen to come back to Santo Domingo to perform with him in his group for the Casa de Teatro Jazz Festival a few months later. It was there that Stephen met Sandy Gabriel, a tenor saxophonist. One thing lead to another and they decided to record together. The Dominican Jazz Project was born.
We had the opportunity to talk with Stephen after the concert and find out more about their influences. He told us of his travels to the Dominican Republic and how he really enjoyed seeing and listening to the local musicians. A lot of what he heard and observed was music not really heard outside the island. This is what stuck with him and now we were lucky enough to hear it live. The band was amazing! It was such a wonderful mix of latin jazz and Caribbean music. It was the first time we have ever heard such a mix and we loved it.
Again, this was not our first time at South. The food and drinks are some of the best in the city and we were not disappointed on this night either. We started with the blue crab toast, served with lemon caper ravigote, avocado and peppadew relish. For our entrees, we ordered the wood grilled chicken breast that came with roasted sweet lemon, spring peas and carrots and a leek-ferro pilaf. Eric ordered one of the specials for the evening, the trout, that came with a stuffed zucchini and broccolini. Everything was delicious! South just has a special way of taking classics and putting a southern twist on it. If you only go for the food, you won’t be disappointed.