St. Petersburg jazz guitarist Naje Najar brings Paris Skies to Palladium LP release show

Serge Gainsbourg, France Gall, and Django Reinhardt are along for the ride.

click to enlarge Nate Najar, who plays Side Door Cabaret at Palladium Theater in St. Petersburg, Florida on October 4, 2018. - Amber Abott
Amber Abott
Nate Najar, who plays Side Door Cabaret at Palladium Theater in St. Petersburg, Florida on October 4, 2018.

There’s a movement at the very beginning of “Nuages” on Nate Najar’s brand new album, Under Paris Skies, where lonesome bell mallets dance, step-for-step, with the Tampa Bay nylon-string guitarist’s stripped-back plucking. It’s a joy, and the Django Reinhardt tune is the moment when an album about the City of Lights becomes the best thing to happen to you that day. What follows is 40 more minutes where Najar — along with Tommy Cecil on bass and Matt Home on drums — takes you on a spirited, spry exploration of fine, French musical fare that sits to have a coffee with Serge Gainsbourg, France Gall, the aforementioned Reinhardt and more. At 11 tracks long, the effort feels like an easy conversation, and we’d love to have that talk with Najar over and over again.

Nate Najar Album Release. Thurs. Oct. 4, 7:30 p.m. $22-$26.Side Door Cabaret at Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg. mypalladium.org.

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Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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