There was a lot of hullabaloo about the Prohibition Gastropub recently. However, no mention was made of a very important regular event there: The performances by the Bob Strickland Jazz Quintet every other Sunday (this Sunday, 5 to 8 p.m..)
Bob and crew have held forth at the “Pro” for four years now, and they have jelled into a superior jazz outfit. If you like very melodic music, played with great fervor and beauty, you should attend. (No cover). These gentlemen do not over-amplify their music, which consists of standards, show tunes, the Horace Silver playbook and exciting stuff by Charlie Parker, known as “Be-Bop”, and Ellington numbers.
Bob himself is very mellow on flugelhorn, with a golden tone. Former Everett Symphony bassist, Tim Koss, handles the deep notes that urge the others onward. Brian Kent is a saxophonist as good as it “Getz.” Seriously! He graduated summa cum laude in performance from the Berklee School of Music in Boston, America’s No. 1 jazz school. When he solos, he improves on the original chart! Guitar and drums fill out the band with great sympathy.
Thanks to Bob and Rishi (“Pro” owner) for their dogged perseverance. All old fogeys and curious young band members and everybody else should check it out!