Jazz in the Cave: Michael Mwenso & Friends
By Andrew Andrews
Tonight’s episode featured the music of Michael Mwenso and Friends, an unusual ensemble because it included not only the piano, bass, guitar, vocals, drums and horns, but also a tap dancer—specifically, Michela Marino Lerman—who contributed as much to the sound of the performance as to its visual appeal (check out our video!). Many of the other band members are part of Mwenso’s group The Shakes, and their top-notch performance, was, as always, worth the price of admission (especially when you deduct the value of the free beer, wine, soft drinks and snacks). Both the 7pm and 9:30pm performances were packed full of jazz lovers of varied demographics, which contributes to the positive vibe that always comes with this event.
The earlier show skews somewhat to a more mature audience, with more of the college crowd turning up for the later show. If you want a seat, either show up early for the first set, or wait until the second; if you’re willing to stand, show up anytime and catch both rounds!
Andrew Andrews attended Jazz in the Cave: Michael Mwenso & Friends at St. George's Episcopal Church in Manhattan on Friday, January 13, 2017 @ 7:00pm to write this review.