The band was Smoking last night at La Carreta

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The band was Smoking last night at La Carreta

I have been chomping at the bit since we got to San Juan del Sur to get out and play some music. Mo’s old friend James is back in town and he has rejuvenated the music scene around here to the point that he is gigging at least three nights a week and has had the good fortune to already be playing with three other sax players! (Ok, I didn’t say it was my good fortune:)) – one Nica man (Douglas) who likes to play high and fast, a lovely fellow from Cape Cod (Steve) who has great stage presence and who owns more horns than I would know what to do with and a soprano sax player whom I have not yet had the pleasure of meeting.

James has a real nice thing going at La Carreta – the ex-pats and Nicas both are loving the jazz-swing vibe, Carlos, his lead guitar player is stupendous and Douglas is way better than most players I know who only have nine years experience – he killed Misty last night! It’s a little jazz haven in an otherwise marengue-laden airwave.

I was so happy when James asked me to join them in the second and third sets … but what was even more unbelievable was when I looked over at Douglas and saw smoke wafting up from the neck of his sax (he was playing fast but not that fast) … turns out he had a cigarette clenched in his left hand WHILE he was playing! Not to be outdone, I grabbed one of his cigarettes, which he promptly lit for me and I got back to playing … ‘smoking style’ … hey, when in Rome 🙂

Thank you so much James and the boys for a terrific night, maybe we can smoke together again some time … just don’t tell my mother 😉
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