November 7, 2013

Making Noise: Notes on Big Easy and Dilly Dilly and Americana and jazz

While the club's closing is sad, there's much to look forward to.

By Aimsel Ponti
News Assistant

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Mark Olson, a founding member of The Jayhawks, is at One Longfellow Square on Thursday.

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NEED A MIDWEEK pick-me up? Who doesn’t? I know that I’m in deep Red Sox withdrawal and since hockey, basketball and football don’t spin my spurs, why not turn to music? It’s the obvious choice. And there are few things more comforting than hearing jazz from the Great American Songbook. That’s where Rob Schreiber’s Standard Issue comes in.

Schreiber’s on drums, Emmett Harrity is on piano and Nicholas F. Merriam plays acoustic bass. These fellas get it. They are all about Duke Ellington, George and Ira Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Rogers & Hammerstein and the like. They bring to mind these words of wisdom from Oliver Wendell Holmes: “Take a music bath once or twice a week for a few seasons. You will find it is to the soul what a water bath is to the body.”

So grab your rubber ducky and a swanky Ginkgo Blue cocktail because Wednesday night is bath night. Test the water at

Rob Schreiber’s Standard Issue. 7 p.m. Nov. 13. 7 p.m. Gingko Blue, 455 Fore St., Portland. 21-plus;

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