Walked in from raindrops to Stardustbunnies, in the middle of the year's first Master/Student Night, led by San Francisco State profs Michael Zisman and Andrew Speight. The Fall Semester was long gone, the Spring not yet begun, so it wasn't surprising that there were more students in the audience than there were on the quasi bandstand. No matter, the spirit was ecstatically extracurricular, and folks needed relief from the cold damp of political and weather patterns. There were new 7 Mile staff and new items on the menu, including Fried Brussel Sprouts & Bacon, served up like Andrew's alto solos: tangy, soulful, fulfilling, fun, and transcending accustomed combinations. Ben Stolorow and Jimmy Gallagher filled out the house band, but there were a number of postgraduates eager to guest. Tod Dickow debuted a flute subtitution for his familiar tenor, on an unanguished "How Insensitive". Torbie Phillips swung and sang a sensitive "I'll Remember April", pitter-pattered prettily by Jimmy's drumwork, and Andrew blew another surprise flute first, perhaps recalling a time when he didn't have sax on his mind. San Jose State undergrad Jonah Cabral has it on his and is matriculating very well, thank you, as he launched his alto into "Tenor Madness, sassing his way through his solo. There followed a tenor tag-team, with Tod returning to his ampler axe and the thrilling Patrick Wolff bringing up his, Andrew catching the wind for an extended inspired sail like those across the harbour off Manly, back home. After the kitchen had closed and the storm had abated, the musical mixmasters served up "Scrapple From the Apple", Jonah stepping to the front of the class and aceing his final. Remember: bop popped up during Roosevelt's gig, and it'll keep resounding no matter what we'll be hearing from Capitol Hill and the White House.