3 Reasons We're Listening To Chris Hazelton's Boogaloo 7 This Week
For two years now, Chris Hazelton’s septet Boogaloo7 has performed every Friday at the Green Lady Lounge. This Friday, they release a record documenting the sound of that residency.
3 reasons we're listening to Chris Hazelton's Boogalo 7 this week:
1. Hazelton, 31, a soul-jazz organist based in Kansas City, was mentored by the elder statesman Everette DeVan.
2. The Boogaloo 7 consists of Chris Hazelton (Hammond B-3 organ), Nick Howell (trumpet), Nick Rowland (alto and tenor saxophones), Brett Jackson (baritone saxophone), Matt Hopper (guitar), Danny Rojas (drums) and Pat Conway (congas).
3. As I note in this week's review of Soul Jazz Fridays, the live instrumental album is an electrifying jolt of joy, filled with impeccably soulful grooves.
Chris Hazelton's Boogaloo 7 releases Soul Jazz Fridays on Friday, November 25 at the Green Lady Lounge. Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand Boulevard, Kansas City, Missouri, 64108; 816-215-2954.
Bill Brownlee’s writing appears weekly in The Kansas City Star and Ink magazine. He blogs about Kansas City’s jazz scene at Plastic Sax.