Cool Jazz for a Heat Wave

West Coast Cool Jazz swinging at Cascais Plaza | photo and post by Larry Clinton

Sausalito celebrated one year of free First Wednesday al fresco concerts on September 7 with a performance by West Coast Cool Jazz. The mercury was nudging 90 when the 8-piece band kicked off a 90-minute set, but a crowd still gathered at Cascais Plaza.

According to NPR,  the West Coast sound of the mid-50s “was a bit mellower and more lyrical, with blended harmonies and—broadly speaking—more interest in composition and arrangement than improvisation.” Indeed, most of the band members looked like they’d been on the scene back then as they re-created tight arrangements of standards from the great American songbook.

The crowd continued to grow as the sun set behind the Casa Madrona and steamy Sausalito turned back into the cool, grey suburb of love.

Future Wednesday Night Live performances include:

  • Gary Graham’s 19 Broadway Good Time Band at Cascais Plaza on October 12
  • Hurricane Gulch (salty roots country rock) on Caledonia Street on November 2

Wednesday Night Live is produced by the City of Sausalito and the City’s Economic Development Advisory Committee, in partnership with local restaurants and merchants.