Choro House Concert at Jim’s Roots & Blues

I know, it’s not American Roots or Blues. But it’s my site, and I love this music! And Thursday night there wasn’t a molecule of disappointment in the house! The audience numbered about 30 good souls, and truth-be-told, I’ve never seen a happier, more amazed group. A smokin’ hot house concert—even after we opened all the windows—it featured Oregonian Tim Connell on mandolin, and Brooklyn’s Cesar Garabini on the 7-string guitar.

Together they provided an unforgettable evening of classic choro music composed by Pixinguinha, Ernesto Nazareth, Garoto, Jacob do Bandolim and others. Though most often performed by larger ensembles that include percussion, wind and reed instruments, these guys proved a pared-down string duo can be just as powerful.

I could try to describe choro music. And I could struggle to retell its interesting history on the streets of Rio. So here’s a Wikipedia link. Better to just sample these little videos taken by Dave Shapiro with his new camera at Thursday’s concert.

And if it tickles you, like it does me, there’s a Roda de Choro (jam) every second Sunday in Williamsburg at Beco, 45 Richardson Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211 — 718-599-1645.