Blue Notes

Friday Night: Jade Simmons at Jet Lounge

Jade Simmons, Riverlin, Rett Lea Jet Lounge July 6, 2012

When concert pianist Jade Simmons first learned that her computer wouldn't latch onto Jet Lounge's sound system Friday night, thereby ruining her chance to introduce to the audience her experimentation in partnering classical songs with hip-hop beats, she shrugged it off, immediately launching into an emotional rendition of Rachmaninoff's Prelude in C-sharp Minor.

Her figure was hunched over the piano like a concentrating surgeon, and her fingers sliced into the keys like soft cheese. By the time the song was over, she was rocking back and forth, eyes closed, lost in the sounds of the "old dead Russian guy."

"Sound guy, where are you?" she asked into the microphone, still rocking and hoping that, by this time, he had fixed the glitch.

When Sound Guy still hadn't appeared minutes later, she grew restless, entering into her own groovy arrangement of the classic in the interim.

"Come on, Sound Guy," she pleaded.

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Altamese Osborne
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