Jazztopia plays Gershwin
On Friday, October 5, also at 12:30, I went to another Música no Museu concert, at the Centro Cultural da Light, on Rua Larga. A trio called Jazztopia would be playing an exclusive programme of George Gershwin standards. The group is formed by Bavarian brothers Wolfram Goebel (tenor sax), Lennart Goebel (keyboards) and Finnish drummer Sami Kontola.
The German brothers, both architects by profession, have been in Rio for the past ten years and speak a fluent “carioguese”. True to the letter, it was Gershwin from beginning to end: “Someone to Watch Over Me”, “They Can’t Take That Away From Me”, “A Foggy Day”, “Our Love Is Here To Stay”, “Nice Work If You Can Get It”, “The Man I Love”, “It Ain’t Necessarily So”, “Wonderful”and “Summertime”. For an encore, Jazztopia paid its dues to another “jazz genius”, Dave Brubeck, with their version of “Take Five”. For the modest sum of 15 reais, I bought their CD, Jazztopia Live at Toca da Formiga, a jazz club in Rio’s Lapa quarter. In it, Lennart is heard on his specialty, the Hammond organ, and the repertoire is more eclectic, encompassing jazz classics such as Sidney Bechet’s “Petite Fleur”, Thelonious Monk’s “Round Midnight” and Illinois Jacquet’s “Robbin’s Nest”. I will be seeing more of Jazztopia, for sure. They played on October 11 at Santa Teresa’s new restaurant, Santé – with a postcard view of Rio de Janeiro — and on October 13 at Toca da Formiga. I’ve already promised to myself: one of these days, for sure, I am going to listen to Jazztopia at Lapa’s Anthill.