Moody’s a seminal jazz spot |

Moody’s a seminal jazz spot

Susan Wood

TRUCKEE — Jazz, food and wine fuse like a well-tuned band. That was the case last Thursday night with Moody’s Bistro & Lounge’s third annual Jazz Artists in Residence.

The band of faculty members split their time between teaching 65 youngsters at the Artist In Residence Kids Jazz Camp during the night. At night, they team up to make a unique jazz ensemble: Will Bernard on guitar; Joe Cohen on saxophone; Andrew Erner on bass; Josh Jones on drums; Benny Lackner on piano; and Adam Theis on brass (trombone).

Moody’s co-owner J.J. Morgan assembled the group predominantly from New York and San Francisco – which also featured Reno singer Jackie Landrum. The singer, who spent a few decades gracing South Shore stages including the Fresh Ketch.

Morgan once owned the “Up and Down Club” in San Francisco and has maintained a tradition of placing as much attention into the music on stage as chef and co-owner Mark Estee puts into his renowned dishes that use fresh produce from nearby farms.

The band belted out a variety of tunes, from Sonny Rollins’ upbeat “Pair of New Red Pants” to the Latin tune “Besame (Kiss Me) Mucho.” The highlights of the evening came when the youth from the kids camp joined their instructors on stage.

Jordan Nadell, 17, of Truckee, welcomed the camera flashes as his trombone grabbed the attentive audience. He was later rewarded with some kudos and high-fives by the band.

“You took everything I threw at you,” Erner told the teenager on the break.

The good times didn’t end with the students. Special guest Cloe Scott, a former instructor who now lives in Oakland, was brought up on stage with her flute. The vivacious rhythms that went far beyond the usual mellow sound of a flute almost brought the house down.

The additions didn’t stop. As rapper Dublin Payne provided a new twist to jazz with his catchy lyrics and melody “Caught in the Current.”

Moody’s — known for its occasional drop-ins of former Beatle band singer Paul McCartney — is located in the heart of downtown at the Truckee Hotel. Updates of its offering are available at or by calling (530) 587-8688.

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