Saturday, August 18, 2007
Where to find jazz in Shreveport: follow Don Crenshaw, aka Dirty Redd, to the Noble Savage on Thursdays
In Shreveport jazz is an evanescent thing. It pops up and disappears as quickly as that. People love to talk about jazz, but supporting it is another thing.
At the moment Don Crenshaw, the Man with a Horn, is hosting a jazz jam at the Noble Savage, 417 Texas. He and his pods blow on Thursdays. As Dirty Red he is a local star, sitting in with many a band, recording, inspiring by his very mystique as well as musicianship.
Crenshaw and friends know how to burn a roux. They understand that a steady diet of high-flown improv is not a universal draw. So they do the blues and get funky and keep the groove up.
The Noble Savage is a perfect place for this jazz-blues experience. Parking is easy and you get to say hello to the statue of Leadbelly across the street. The room, with its brick walls and high, mahogany bar, is remarkably evocative of a classic New Orleans bar.
Seating is informal; don't be surprised if there's a reason to chat with people seated around you. Chef Colby's cooking is solid. The variety of beers ready to be quaffed is righteous.
Don't hesitate to spy the link to the Noble Savage calendar right here among the sptBlog roster.