A Hidden Jewel for Jazz Lovers in Revere
Camp, yes. Funky, too. But for great straight-ahead jazz, the Boston area's best kept secret is the Bob Gallo Quintet's Saturday afternoon jazz series at Club Caravan in Revere. Gallo, on tenor sax, shares the bandstand with Tony Lada (trombone), Marshall Wood (bass), Gene Roma (drums), and Ray Santisi (piano).
The musicians love this gig. What they prize most is the freedom to experiment, interact, and stretch themselves in a very relaxed, appreciative setting. The Caravan is my favorite job of the week. When I practice, I practice for this gig. With jazz, Roma says, and with these players, you have to work out things and make mistakes. If you're not making mistakes, you're not doing the right thing. Tony Lada also relishes the weekly musical workouts at these sessions. We have a conversation up there, Bob and I, and with the rhythm section, too. It's not like I come on and do a solo. We're listening, and I'll pick up on different things Bob plays, or that the rhythm section does.