The Jazz Trio
                                                           By  Nancy Walker                                               

The Real Jazz Trio", Mike Cross’ new jazz group,
debuted recently at the beautiful Le Dolce Vita, in the
Village. The house was packed, the vibe was exciting,
and the music was pure jazz and pure bliss for those of
us who really dig jazz.

The venue, Le Dolce Vita, is a lovely wine tasting
room at 40645 Village Drive. The lighting is subdued
and sophisticated, as well as the decor. On an early
Sunday evening I don't think the proprietors anticipated
the onslaught of Mike Cross fans that showed up to hear
his new jazz trio. Mike, on piano, was accompanied by
well-known local drummer, Steve Boggio. Joining them
on stand-up bass was Mark Cade, hailing from Lake
Arrowhead via Hollywood, where Mark is an actor and
videographer. (Find him on Facebook). Steve and Mike
had played together most recently with the Catz in the
Hatz, and Mark rounded out the trio most ably.


                              The Real Jazz Trio at Le Dolce Vita

That evening, Mike played a few original
compositions from his new CD, "Gemini's Dream". His
sidemen did a great job of accompanying him, and the
improvisations were as always a delight to experience.
The true beauty of jazz was on display, with unique,
exciting solo performances. Steve and Mark rose to the
occasion as their solos were top-notch, and gave the fans
the opportunity of witnessing jazz in the moment, where
anything goes, and true musicianship is highlighted.
The group also played some other jazz standards, to the
pure delight of the crowd who cheered them on after
every selection!