Tonight, Tight Six returns to Chris’ Jazz Cafe for the third edition of Not Jazz, the monthly showcase supplement to their weekly Sunday open mics at Fergie’s pub. Not Jazz 3 will feature John McKeever, Alex Pearlman, Omar Scruggs, Jon Delcollo, Caitlin Feeney, Chris O’Connor and a super secret special guest, plus house band Starwood and the members of Tight Six (Aaron Nevins, Joe Bell, Mikey Garcia, Elise Thomson-Hohl, Dan Vetrano and Becca Trabin). Here’s Aaron with more info on the show, and Joe, Mikey, Elise and Dan agreeing with everything he says:
WitOut: Tight Six started as a weekly open mic, but shortly thereafter you guys started putting on your own shows. What made you want to expand?
Aaron Nevins: The mic was going really well and we got an opportunity to do a monthly show, which had a lot of potential benefits. It allowed us to rebook our favorite bands from the open mic and pay them a little more money, and to let our favorite comedians do longer sets to new audiences, and it gave us a chance to branch out into writing short sketches and more interactive bits. Also, we wanted to expand.
Joe Bell: Yep.
Mikey Garcia: Uh-huh.
Elise Thomson-Hohl: Yeah.
Dan Vetrano: That’s right.
WO: It seems like your relationship with Chris’ Jazz Cafe is going well–this is the third edition of Not Jazz. How did that partnership get off the ground? Were they actively looking to expand beyond jazz shows, or did you seek them out?
AN: We were hooked up with the venue by our PR guy—our Puerto Rican guy (Mikey Garcia). When we first met the owner of Chris’ Jazz Cafe, Chris S. Jazzcafe, we sort of convinced him it would be a jazz show. When he found it was a comedy show that featured no jazz, he was not pleased. However, once he saw how good the turnout was, he came around and is slowly starting to try to understand what comedy is.
DV: That’s all accurate.
WO: I’ve been hearing a lot of great things about Starwood’s performances as house band at the mic. How did you first book them, and what is it about them that you think makes them such a good pairing with comedy in general and/or Tight Six in particular?
AN: We book a different band every week for the open mic, so we scour a ton of different resources to find them. I think in the case of Starwood, Joe Bell just happened upon them, and after we booked them, we were all unsure if they were going to be a good fit. As it turned out, they were phenomenal beyond words and blew everybody’s minds all over the walls of Fergie’s. So we booked them immediately for Not Jazz, and they’ll be doing a full set at the show. Trust me: they are an experience you need to have in person.
MG: I agree.
DV: For sure.
WO: The Facebook event says there’s one special guest on the show you can’t name, but you’ve given the hint that he’ll be in town from LA. Is there anything else you’re willing to disclose?
MG: No, sorry.
ETH: [shakes head to indicate "no"]
DV: You’ll have to come to the show to find out.
‘Not Jazz 3′ is TONIGHT at Chris’ Jazz Cafe (1421 Sansom Street) at 8pm. Admission is $10; $5 with student ID.