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An Afro-Cuban Excursion

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Do you like Afro-Cuban jazz? Well you absolutely should. On Wednesday, the Butler Jazz Combo put on a concert of Afro-Cuban music, featuring songs by the famous Tito Puente, one of the most important names in the field. This was all done in preparation for a concert on April 20th as part of the opening of the new Schrott Hall.

It was a perfect break from classes and work. Sitting in Lily Hall, I felt myself transported away by the screaming trumpets, the sassy drums, and the rockin’ piano. You could say that, after all of this, I was pretty jazzed up.

It was like a vacation from my problems. Even though the room wasn’t cold, I could feel the beach breeze blowing past me, the warm sunlight on my face, and the sand in my toes. This is the kind of music that should be used to get people through long winter months.

It was also a good reminder about all of the incredible things that Butler students are up to, and how, as long as I am aware of them, there won’t ever be a dull day on campus. I got to see some of my good friends show off their mad music skills, and did I mention how free it was?

Gettin’ Jazzed Up

When my girlfriend came in from out of town, I knew that something special had to be done. We put our heads together and came up with a few passions that we share: pancakes, jazz, and traveling the world. Since we had already eaten pancakes, and traveling didn’t make sense during her visit to Indy, we settled on jazz.

On a Saturday evening we went online to make reservations at The Jazz Kitchen. The system was incredibly easy, and one of the first online reservations I’ve ever made. Impressive. We saw that the group Jared Thompson and Premium Blend, a fantastic group that played a few tunes I was familiar with and opened my ears to a number of new songs.

Then we ordered food. My goodness. We got the house specialty, a giant pan of Spanish paella. This was a real surf and turf, teaming with chicken, calamari, clams, sausage, and so much more. It felt like I was eating an ecosystem. A delicious, rice-y ecosystem.

The night was relaxing, the music was exciting and beautiful, and the food left us gasping for breath. In a good way. I give this restaurant seven trombones.

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Note: must be 21 years to enter. Also there’s a cover charge. That’s where they get ya’.