From left: keyboardist Ben Stolorow, saxophonist Andrew Speight, bassist Peter Barshay, drummer Akira Tana, photographer Jessica Levant. (This photo by Jeff Kaliss)
You'd never know what you'd get in the last week of Jazz Appreciation Month at the local heart of the celebration, the 7 Mile House. On Sunday, alto artist Andrew Speight (pictured) took up the mike and sang, and guest bassist Walter Savage whistled! On Tuesday, before another full house got to groove to the sounds of Tod Dickow & Charged Particles, members of the 7 Mile's Jazz Appreciation Club got to sip samples from the Michael David Winery (www.michaeldavidwinery.com). Michael has returned to his base in Lodi, but the bar will continue to pour his California Sauvignon Blanc 2014, his 7 Deadly Zins (all in one bottle; you don't get to choose between gluttony and lust), the Petit Petit 2013 (Sirah and Verdot), and Freakshow Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 (the only wine anywhere with a wrap-around label). And although April will conclude with the baskets and proletarian pride of May Day, appreciation of our Bay Area bounty of jazz will be sustained at the 7 Mile all year. Check our calendar, and if you haven't yet joined the Jazz Appreciation Club, do so before you leave the website.