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Mardi Gras on Walnut huge success, a final hurrah for Meredith’s

March 13, 2014

By Kathy Edwards McFarland

Karen and Jimmy Meredith  Photo by Daisy Best

Karen and Jimmy Meredith
Photo by Daisy Best

This blog is dedicated to bringing a more comprehensive forum to the strong, vibrant Denton Jazz scene – the talent, venues, the aficionados and the sound. The inspiration for my starting Denton Jazz Chronicles was and is Karen Meredith. Her passion for music (all genres) and her love of jazz brought a continual stream of Jazz bands – University of North Texas Jazz faculty, students and Alumni played, and many other bands and artists “beyond the Green” graced the Sweetwater Grill & Tavern stage on Tuesdays, and Sundays (after bands, and listeners “yelled for more.”)

Last night, the Sweetwater Jazz QuartetJim Riggs, saxophone; Neil Slater, keyboard; Lou Carfa, bass; and Ron Fink, drums – played one more time, mainly as tribute to Jimmy and Karen’s many years (18 years for Jimmy) establishing the restaurant/bar’s legacy as Denton’s Jazz headquarters.

Sweetwater Jazz Quartet - Jim Riggs, sax; Neil Slater, keyboard; Lou Carfa, bass; Ron Fink, drums - play the last performance at the Meredith Sweetwater Grill & Tavern. Photo by Lance Hoffmeyer, March 11, 2014.

Sweetwater Jazz Quartet – Jim Riggs, sax; Neil Slater, keyboard; Lou Carfa, bass; Ron Fink, drums – play the last performance at the Meredith Sweetwater Grill & Tavern. Photo by Lance Hoffmeyer, March 11, 2014.

With only one waiter, Raffie -a main fixture at Sweetwater – Karen, Jimmy and the kitchen staff, the gathering crowd ordered off a limited menu, patiently waiting for their food and beverages. When the 9-o’clock hour hit, Jim Riggs played a stanza of “Thanks for the Memories,” and pointed to Jimmy and Karen. A standing ovation for the Meredith’s ensued. The Meredith years of Sweetwater Grill & Tavern ends this Friday.

Sweetwater G&T began booking weekly Jazz in 2009 , soon after a Fat Tuesday celebration, featuring the Dixieland stylings by Denton’s Vintage Jazz Society. The Sweetwater Jazz Quartet (initially Jim Riggs, Neil Slater, Ron Fink and Jeffry EckelsLou Carfa replaced Eckels on the bass in 2010 the house band, scheduled the second Tuesday each month for its performance.

Leading into 2014, Karen booked bands on other nights – expanding the variety of genres, thus SG&Tlogooverdoorcatering to a broader audience. But behind it all, Jazz remained a constant.

Also read: http://www.dallasnews.com/entertainment/headlines/20110106-getting-in-the-groove-in-denton.ece

3 Comments
  1. R.Fink6@verizon.net permalink

    Kathy, What a nice tribute! Thank you for all you do. Best, Ron

    Ron Fink

  2. Can’t wait to see what may take shape on the Denton Jazz scene. Thanks, Ron.

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