Jazz and Funk with Darren Barrett at DCBK

While in Boston, I stopped into Darryl’s Corner Bar and Kitchen for food and a little jazz & funk music. Canadian Darren Barrett is a Grammy Award winning trumpet player.  Over his career, Darren has released a few albums: First One Up in 1999, Deelings in 2001, Wrenaissance Volume 1 in 2004 and A Very Barrett Christmas in 2011.  You have also heard Darren on recordings with Elvin Jones, Jackie McLean, Herbie Hancock, Roy Hargrove Big Band, Common, Esperanza Spaulding and Antonio Hart. Darren is currently an Associate Professor in the ensembles and brass department at his alma mater, Berklee College of Music in Boston Massachusetts.  With a history of music like his, I knew that I was in for a treat tonight.

I enjoyed the gumbo and fried catfish and chalked it up to a cheat day on my Paleo diet.  After diving into my food I was pleased with the choice.  The food took me back to earlier this year when I was celebrating my birthday down in New Orleans.

When you are looking for soul, spice and all that jazz, just look around the corner. Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen, known as DCBK, serves up great southern comfort food and signature cocktails with a side of some of the best jazz in Boston. Tuesday thru Sunday, you will find a menu full of big Southern flavor, cocktails full of sublime combinations, and sounds full of rhythm and soul.

I like my jazz straight ahead and that was what was served up tonight with a little funk on the side.  Accompanying Darren Barrett were a trio of Berklee College students:  Simon Moullier on vibraphone; Alexander Toth on acoustic bass; and Anthony Toth on drums.  Other than a rendition of “Happy Birthday” and a request from the crowd, Darren Barrett spent the night flipping through his book of personally written songs.  

With a mix of good old New Orleans food and jazz funk music, I have now added Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen to my growing list of places to visit in Boston.