Mose Allison, Corky, Dan McCool

Corky meets Mose Allison

I happened to be in Seattle on Tuesday night and while perusing the local entertainment guide, I saw that Mose Allison was opening a six night stand at Jazz Alley. I was beyond ecstatic, considering I had missed seeing him last year, Jazz Alley was within walking distance of my hotel, midweek openings were usually not sold out, and the show didn’t start for an hour and a half. The stars had indeed aligned.

I decided to have a quick bite and a cocktail at The Palace Kitchen, right next door to Jazz Alley. The Palace Kitchen is Chef Tom Douglas’s third restaurant. He also owns and operates Lola, Etta’s, Serious Pie, the Dahlia Lounge, and the Dahlia Bakery. Next time I will plan ahead and have dinner there. Everything looked and smelled delish, but I really only had time for a quick bite and a cocktail. Both were exceptional, as was the service. I ordered a Hendricks martini with a cucumber garnish and the server/bartender got it just right, with a large but not overwhelming chunk of cucumber, the gin chilled to perfection with the tiniest of ice crystals floating at the top. Bravo!

Jazz Alley Marquee

But back to Mose Allison and Jazz Alley. I’ve been to Jazz Alley before (I met Jessy J there last year) so I knew I wanted to sit at one of the six deuces near the bar. As luck would have it, being Tuesday night and all, there were a few available. The reason I like this spot is because the tables ¬†near the bar are raised so you get a great view and usually the band hangs out at the bar before and/or after the show. Sure enough, I strike up a conversation with one of the guys at the bar and it turns out to be Milo Petersen, whose is playing drums this evening for Mose. Milo is a very personable guy, and an extremely talented musician and composer, playing both drums and guitar. Check out his CD “Visiting Dignitaries”.

Mose played a great set, about an hour and a half nonstop. Hard to believe this guy is over 80 years old. He did some of his more well known compositions, including Your Mind is on Vacation and Your Molecular Structure, but the real crowd pleasers were some of his more sardonic and lesser known tunes like Meet Me at No Special Place, Tell Me Something, and Ever Since the World Ended. The room was filled with fans and at the end of the set he got the standing O he rightly deserves. He even graced us with an encore, a spirited rendition of  Ever Since I Stole the Blues.
This is a clip of Mose on PBS’s Soundstage in 1975

After the show, I hung around the bar chatting with Milo. When Mose came out to the bar from the dressing room, Milo introduced me, I gushed like the fanboy I am, and had my picture taken with one of the most iconic and influential blues and jazz musicians living today. A moment I will cherish forever. Thanks, Mose! Everybody’s crying mercy…

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