Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Report from ... Matt Dusk at Chateau des Charmes - July 12, 2009
It was quite the jazz filled weekend … first it was the Jazz Festival at Hillebrand, then Sunday to Chateau des Charmes for a double bill of Cates-Fomin and headliner Matt Dusk in support of the St. Catharines General Hospital Foundation. Where Hillebrand’s jazz was more free form in nature and with a much larger crowd; the Chateau was a more intimate (210 people) old school smooth jazz affair under the tent. Stephen Treadwell catered the delectable lunch of beef short rib and risotto, before Cate-Fomin took the stage for a 30 minute two man show that had the crowd grooving to their kind of soulful jazz. Matt Dusk appeared in a cream colored pinstriped suit to lay tunes upon us like Back in Town, Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off and my personal favorite (and request) Miracle. All culminated in the grand finale of the Paul Anka-penned, Frank-Sinatra-famous “My Way” encore, which Matt said he would do only if the crowd came up onto the dance floor. It truly was a magical, fun filled afternoon - and what a place to hold it, staring out at the beauty of the vineyards, in the shadow of the escarpment, and sipping on Gamay Noir ‘Droit’, Estate Chardonnay and a plethora of other Chateau des Charmes wines.