Sunday, April 14, 2024

Arts Garage Brings Delray Up A Notch

What everyone is saying is true: The Arts Garage in Delray Beach is one of the best new things to hit the town since the installation of restaurant misters. I got to see Turk Mauro this weekend, a jazz-rock saxophonist originally from New York who has played with jazz artists such as Henry “Red” Allen, Zoot Sims, Al Cohn, Billy Mitchell, Dizzy Gillespie, Buddy Rich and Richie Cole. I am not a jazz aficionado but even I could feel the room elevate when he launched into “Smile” (and I had no idea this was written by Charlie Chaplin.)

The room on the ground floor of Delray’s parking garage is open, slightly industrial, with large paintings on the walls and almost a makeshift stage. You can get a table or a seat, and you can bring in your own food and beverages; there was a wine and beer bar this evening in an adjacent room. This venue is what the arts group The Collaborative is using for its jazz series known as The Jazz Project, every second and fourth Saturday of the month. Eventually, when the warehouse that will house The Collaborative is retooled, the action will move over to 3rd and 3rd (behind what was the “new Elwood’s”).

Live jazz downtown in Delray is a hint that the little town with its groovy restaurants is finally evolving. Maybe picking up where City Limits left off when they tried to shake things up. I, for one, am thrilled with the idea–and plan to be back.

Coming up: Rose Max, August 17; Debbie Orta, September 24; Jon Secada, October—and much, much more. The Arts Garage, 180 N.E. First St., Delray Beach,

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