What better past time then listening to music, and what better to do while listen to music then to enjoy a meal? With that in mind we headed to the Ellington Jazz Club, Perth’s premier jazz venue to watch the Darling Buds of May!
The Darling Buds of May are a swing sextet, headed by the effervescent Jessie Gordon. They are a tightly honed group who love what they do, dancing, swinging, and laughing with the crowd. As someone who’s not that into jazz, they made it an experience that we could appreciate.
The St Louis Blues were a definite stand out while the foray into improv metal and blues was surprisingly wonderful, the Latin a little less so. Each of the musicians had their chance to demonstrate their skill and versatility with lively and passionate solos that made the crowd light up.
With all the clamour going on the waitstaff made navigating the tight tables and dark room seem easy. We were shoulder to shoulder but only really felt crowded when the music wasn’t playing. The staff take orders before the show begins and continued to come around while it went on, though quiet is asked for during the performance. The staff were attentive considering and since we had a table we were able to order food and drinks without going to the bar.
We ordered a pizza, it arrived with a beautifully thin crust. Tasty meat and creamy cheese made it a satisfying dinner though our attention was elsewhere.
We also tried the deconstructed nachos. However actually nachos would be much better, deconstructed just means cheesy chips and some guacamole to the side which is rather hard to combine in the dark of the show.
The bruschetta too was tasty, served with a lovely pesto, some cheese and a little tomato. It wasn’t necessarily what we though of as brushcetta but the flavours were good.
The menu is more to share and designed to eat and watch so the offerings were slim, but we enjoyed the experience and would certainly come back to the Ellington for more!