Every week, a group of musicians calling themselves Project Monday gather at Jazz Minds Cafe in Honolulu. The result is a hot mix of Latin jazz fusion a la Blue note during it peak era. Project Monday play for tips (there's a $5 cover to get in) only and jam from 9:30pm until whenever they feel like it—12am or 5am, it doesn't matter. The Project Monday lineup: Bobo Butires on percussion, Bob Hernandez on bass, Kirk Thompson on piano and keys, Juan Reyes on trumpet, and Alvin Fejarang on drums. Energy, passion and emotion all flow together as Project Monday start off the night with a fast-paced tune. The musicians have no trouble jumping right in, backing each other up as every has their turn performing a solo.
Project Monday at Jazz Minds poster
Lamont DeMille: Project Monday at Jazz Minds
Bobo Butires: Project Monday at Jazz Minds
Elliot Maker: Project Monday at Jazz MindsPlus, they can play till whenever—when I left at 1am Project Monday was just started their fourth set of the night, showing no signs of stopping anytime soon. Earlier, Elliot Maker turned to me during the break and wondered if he should head home. He lives on the Leeward side, about an hour's drive from Honolulu. But Elliot stuck around, he wanted to play more. I've never been to Project Monday, but I've been to Jazz Minds. It's one of my favorite clubs in Honolulu. My favorite part of the night was probably Bob Hernandez grooving on his electric upright bass. He worked his instrument so well, the crowd responded with woos and cries of excitement.
Bob Hernandez: Project Monday at Jazz MindsBobo tells me it took he and Kirk a long time to find the right guys to jam with. When Bobo first got on a few years back, he almost left because the vibe wasn't right. Now, you can see it immediately, this team of passionate musicians believe in their music and communion.