Hale and Welcome, my brothers and sisters! Welcome to the Cap'n's Cabaret,opening night! Your place for the smoothest sounds and liberal libations! The hotest music and the coolest drinks! No cover, no line, no list...all are welcome!
For tonight's fare we present two suprising originals: the lively Gypsy sounds of Django Reinhardt and the indescribable complexity of the Negroni cocktail. What three things can you think of that shouldn't go together, yet do in the most amazing way? I forward to you two contenders: Gypsies, jazz, & Paris and gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth. Yes, tonight's menu of music and libation speaks to where disparate origins merge in true hybrid vigor to produce the sublime.
First on deck is tonight's music, the incomparable sounds of Django Reinhardt, godfather of Gypsy Jazz. Mixing the free-wheeling fretwork of the Romanoi musical traditions with the soulful improvizations of American Jazz, Reinhardt and his quintet would reshape the face of western music forever. Born to a Parisian Manouche (French Gypsy) family in 1910, Django's early talent for stringed instruments seemed doomed at age 18 when a fire cost him the use of two of his fingers. Rather than let this slow him down, he perfected a new way to play, and despite or perhaps because of his injury his unique style with the guitar would revolutionaize guitar music, forming the foundation for not just jazz guitar, by rock & roll. His Quintette du Hot Club de France became reknown for a jazz sound unlike any ever heard, and his fast improvizational picking style would become the core of nearly all future guitar music. Nearly every musical great of our age, from Clapton to Iommi, would single out Django as a principle muse.
But don't take my word for it, hear for yourself:
Django was a man whose music bridged many worlds: Romanoi, French, American...and to compliment such a true original, tonight's drink special is another multi-cultural original, the Negroni Cocktail. Mixing Anglo-Dutch Gin, Italo-French Vermouth, and Italian Campari bitters, yet evolved from a cocktail known as an "Americano", this cocktail is as complex and unique as our musical selection.
1 part gin
1 part Campari
1 part Sweet Vermouth
Shake over Ice, serve in an Old Fashoined glass with a twist of orange peel.
First created, the legend goes, by request of Count Cammillo Negroni in the 1920's when he ordered anAmericano Cocktail with gin at Cafe Casoni in Florence, Italy. Deceptively simple using ingredients you'd absolutely never expect to work together, the Negroni perfectly balances the spice of the gin, the sweetness of the sweet vermouth, and the bitterness of the Campari to create a complex and singular cocktail. Admittedly not for everyone, but those who do love the drink are often addicted from the first sip.
Yes, tonight's fare brings you two unique cross-cultural originals: Django Reinhardt and the Negroni cocktail - great alone, superb together! So have a seat, enjoy our night's entertainment and specialty drink, and relax!
Until next time,