Petr and Ilona are extraordinary music lovers. They live in Kladno, 30 minutes from Prague and for the last nine years they have hosted a jazz concert once a month. Big name jazz artists like Antonio Sanchez, Donny McCaslin, and Scott Colley have been part of their Kladno Jazz concert series.
The concerts are held in an intimate, artsy rock club called Dun Dee, owned by a personal friend of Petr and Ilona who supports their passion for jazz. Ilona greeted us with a delicious homemade meal and the absolute best tiramisu any of us have ever tasted!
Our performance tonight was also extraordinary. Perhaps the band and I were inspired by Petr and Ilona’s love of music or thrilled by the attentive audience packed in the small room (the show was sold out once again). Or maybe seven is our lucky number. Whatever the motivation, after two rehearsals and six shows, we have caught the wind as a band. The sailing analogy feels appropriate – now our music sails off with effortless power.
We barely fit on the stage so we had to set up differently, with me right in front of Ramon. With every concert I am more in love with the way he plays the drums. Creative and solid, funky and smooth, his style is unique. Playing with him makes me more aware of my own phrasing and I vary my rhythmic choices in counterpoint to his. He’s making me a better and better singer with every concert!
Tonight, I was able to quiet my mind much earlier than ever before. Turning off the inner judgment and scrutiny allowed me to connect with the music like a sailboat gliding smoothly over the ocean What an amazing feeling.
I tried to convince Petr and Ilona to let me take their daughter Ema on tour with us because she sold the most CDs during intermission of any show yet. Thank you, Ema! A heartfelt thank you to Petr and Ilona and a wish for many more shows at Kladno Jazz Club.
P.S. Photos of our special night are soon to come!