NAPA, California, November 9, 2016 – Blue Note Napa had its grand opening last week, shimmering with sparkle and pizzazz. Grammy award-winning jazz trumpet great Chris Botti opened the festivities at this swanky new downtown Napa club, and they could not have found a better act to christen the sloop.
The Blue Note, mostly known for its club in New York City, has a long-standing reputation as one of the best live jazz venues in the world. Bay Area jazz and blues lovers can rejoice and celebrate the arrival of this legendary club on America’s Left Bank.
The Blue Note is known for its intimacy and gritty vibe that pulses from the stage. Could Napa truly capture the essence of NYC jazz and blues in the heart of California wine country? The answer is a resounding yes!
From the blue hue that hums throughout the space to the vintage horns visually blaring from the walls and a stage that that puts each act right the midst of music fans in attendance, this Napa club vibrates with and actually captures the true feeling of Blue Note NY.
The vibe of opening week, with Botti taking main stage, was electric. The crowd was riled up, almost like a down and dirty blues show more than an elegant night of jazz. But Botti embraced the vocal and highly enthusiastic crowd.
Botti is truly a renaissance man when it comes to music. He’s collaborated with rock, classical, R&B and blues musicians aplenty. With four-million+ albums sold, he has discovered a form of creative expression that begins in jazz and expands beyond the limits of any single genre. Botti has thoroughly established himself as one of the foremost innovative figures of the contemporary music world without a doubt.
The top two highlights of a great night:
- Guest violinist Lucia Micarelli was given the stage by Botti in appreciation of her incredible talent. As she slowly began to pull her bow methodically across the strings, the crowd was cleverly teased with a melody that they didn’t quite recognize. As the reverberations from her bow increased, the volume increased to a level that matched her energizing presence on stage as she seamlessly broke into Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir.” The crowd was aroused to near-ecstasy as her violin replicated the high-pitched vocals of Robert Plant.
- Botti closed the night with “My Funny Valentine.” There was an excited murmur running through the energized crowd, which then slowly ebbed like a wave dying down as it reaches the shore. With each weepy note, the crowd became increasingly quiet, mesmerized by the clarity and perfect pitch of each note Botti played. This is jazz. This is the Blue Note.
Blue Note offers a full bar with creative cocktails, local wine selections and craft beers also available. Chef Christophe Gerard offers a Prix Fixe menu nightly featuring tasty morsels like potato and bacon fritters, house-cured sea trout, braised short ribs and butter poached Alaskan halibut.
Blue Note’s wine list features only wines produced from California grapes and mostly from Northern California. A few standouts to try include Schramsburg “J Schram” Brut, Domaine Chandon Étoile Brut Rose, Hanzell “Sebella” Chardonnay, Kistler “Les Noisetiers Chardonnay, Robert Biale “Founding Farmers” Zinfandel, Emeritus “Hallberg Ranch” Pinot Noir, John Anthony Cabernet Sauvignon and Mt. Brave Mt. Veeder Malbec.
The Blue Note is part of the historic Napa Opera House. The jazz club is housed downstairs and the larger music venue of the Opera House resides upstairs.
Tickets for all Blue Note and Opera House Ballroom performance dates, plus the calendar of events, are available by linking to www.bluenotenapa.com or by calling 707-603-1BLU (1258).