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In Which I Remember Why I Chose The Name “Thelonious Monkfish”

Posted by on Sep 23, 2015 in Jamme's Blog | 1 comment

The Jazz Baroness Room is finally open! Five years ago when we began building our Sushi/Asian Fusion restaurant in the heart of Central Square, we hoped that one of the adjacent stores would become available. When Marina decided to move her men’s Italian clothing store, Rulls, to more fertile grounds, we jumped at the chance to take over! When you name your restaurant Thelonious Monkfish, it suggests a room with live jazz, no? Why did I name our sushi-selling-pad-thai-hocking restaurant Thelonious Monkfish? I’ve been asked this question many times. It is odd for people! Shouldn’t I have named it something like The King & I in Osaka or Cherry Blossom in Patpong? One Yelper wrote right after we’d just opened, “The food was great, but the name is hideous! I don’t get it! They should change the name!” My original choice for the restaurant’s name was Yellowtail. It implies sushi, and for a week or so I was sold on it. I thought that I would make the servers dress in black and keep a yellow cloth napkin in their back pockets. After the novelty of that silliness wore off, I decided against Yellowtail because it was too straight-ahead! What could it be other than sushi? Wine, I guess, but I wanted something less obvious....

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Colleen Marshall Trio

Posted by on Nov 22, 2015 in | 0 comments

Colleen Marshall, singer Maxim Lubarsky, pianist Thaddeus Hogarth, chromatic harmonica

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Lydia Harrell & Steven Higgs

Posted by on Nov 21, 2015 in | 0 comments

Lydia Harrell, vocals Steven Higgs, piano Lydia Harrell is one of Boston’s finest musical treasures. Her sultry, soulful voice and evocative phrasings have garnered her the attention and respect of the area’s finest musicians and venues. Be it performing with the Boston Pops or serenading the Boston Celtics faithful fans with America’s National Anthem, Lydia’s dedication to extracting the pure essence of song goes virtually unmatched. Consistently performing more than 150 shows a year, in many different styles...

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