“It’s not often that you get to experience really great jazz in downtown Macon. While we have a wealth of talented musicians in our community, expertly executed jazz music tends to be somewhat of a rarity. Thanks to Corner Concerts, the Macon Pops Jazz Quartet, the Keith Fitzgerald Quintet and philanthropic organizations like the Knight Foundation, however, the Macon area was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to hear two stellar jazz performances by top-notch musicians within a little over a week of one another.
At the first event put on by Corner Concerts in the historic Brownstone building, the general atmosphere was that of a college-house-party-meets-New-Orleans-speakeasy. The venue, built in 1858, was designed by architect T. Thomas and Son and still managed to maintain some of its former elegance with its high ceilings equipped with chandeliers and murals on the walls, while also possessing a sort of grungy and gritty vibe that was well-suited to the evening.
The Macon Pops Jazz Quartet was made up of Matt Catingub on piano and vocals, Steve Moretti on drums, Billy Thornton on bass and Joe Gransden on trumpet and vocals. They riffed on such classics as “Star Eyes,” “Some Day My Prince Will Come,” “Tristesse” and “Fly Me to the Moon” in a way that made them simultaneously familiar and new.“