Unwinding Sunday night at Vito's
For some of us we've had a long eventful week, not to mention the weekend activities. Sometimes you just want to hold on to the very last drop of weekend fun and relaxation before Monday rolls around and its time to do it all over again. I found myself in that such place last Sunday. On a friends suggestion I decided to visit Vito's lounge for a couple drinks and live music. From the inside you're away from all the bright lights and street bustle. With some unique cocktails and Seattle's own favorite wines, I settled into my cozy environment waiting to hear what music was in store.
I initially chose Vito's because musician and friend Ron mentioned he played there on Sundays. I had met Ron at a different show with his other Jazz project called The Suffering Fuckheads; an upbeat, riotous, experimental jazz duo. They definitely know how to blow your socks off, but for the moral of this story- Its's Sunday night, baby! We're just taking easy. Trying to get our mind right and our nerve ready to dive back into the hustle and grind on Monday. This particular night was a smooth and steady groove. It was the Ron Weinstein jazz trio.
Sometimes I wonder to myself what it took for this moment to come to fruition of seemingly nonchalant, spontaneity of fingers at random pressing and plucking the strings of a stand-up bass or the quick hand flowing over the piano keys at will? How long did it take to learn this language of speaking to each other with musical notes and chords while interacting with the rhythm of the drums? I guess the same could be asked of friends having a conversation. I've always viewed jazz as such; a conversation. Friends coming together and having a playful conversation in front of an audience. What are they talking about? I don't always know, but I know how it makes me feel and that is all that's important.
On this night it was no exception. We were all in on the conversation. Ron and his friends improvised over their favorite jazz numbers. As they warmed up (which didn't take very long at all) the playfulness and banter of the musicians and their instruments kicked in. Each of them would take turns improvising on the spot and sometimes they'd go off on such a musical tangent that I would wonder how they would ever bring it back in. But as the magicians' jazz musicians are, they would always find a way to bring it back in time to let their fellow take over on the improvising.
To wrap it up, If you ever find yourself like I once did on a Sunday, needing the last minute place to relax with a drink and some music, Ron and his friends at Vito's will definitely do the trick for you!