When you go to Bodega 13 in north Scottsdale to see live jazz, it’s impossible not to notice the scents from Spanish and Portuguese tapas (small plates) wafting through the air as soon as you enter the front doors. The smell hits you immediately, sending your nose on an appetite-induced journey through Andalusia and beyond.
On Friday, September 21, there was something else enriching the atmosphere inside the warm confines of Bodega 13. KJZZ Music Director and Jazz vocalist Blaise Lantana and a crack band held court, burning through jazz classics like “Twisted” and “Watch What Happens.” Flutist Joe Corral on alto flute and guitarist Stan Sorenson on acoustic guitar created an intricate beauty for Blaise’s burnished vocals on her magical Portuguese rendition of Jobim’s “Meditation”. Drummer Dom Moio and bassist Selwyn Reams laid down the rhythms from swing to Mambo, stepping out for solos that delighted the crowd.
Jazz nights at Bodega 13 have become so popular that beginning in October, a third night has been added, giving jazz lovers Thursday through Saturday to enjoy the music. Each night you will hear a different band, Including valley favorites Dennis Rowland, Delphine Cortez and Francine Reed.
Just bring your appetite for food as well as jazz; during my visit I sampled shrimp with chorizo, and my new favorite, pork bellies with mango chutney. A chocolate encased dollop of vanilla ice cream dripping with hot caramel sauce forced this reviewer to his knees….where he promptly begged for coffee!
Bodega 13 is located in the La Mirada Center at Pinnacle Peak and Pima Roads. For more information, including a complete menu and events listing, go to http://scottsdale.bodega13.com/.