Sunday, March 28, 2010

Johnny Meza Entertains at Desert Sage

Last week my wife and I had dinner at the wonderful Desert Sage Restaurant in La Quinta and while we were enjoying our dinner in one of the dining rooms, we heard some great music via the speakers in the room. At first we thought it was recorded music, but then we discovered that the great sounds were coming from the piano bar in a nearby room. After we finished our meal, we decided to go into the bar area to see who was responsible for the music we had enjoyed during our dinner. It's there we got to meet and enjoy more music from Johnny Meza.   Johnny plays piano and sings in a small area off the bar that also has a small dance floor. The whole atmosphere seems like a throw back to the Sinatra days when you could sit at the bar and enjoy live music in an intimate way that is very hard to find in 2010! Johnny's expertise enables him to play different kinds of music, but his roots are still with the Great American Songbook including many favorite Sinatra songs that he handles perfectly. Not only does Johnny play and sing, but he also entertains with his commentary that results in an immediate connection with his audience. And as it turned out, we were not the only ones that recognized Johnny's talents. While we were enjoying one of his songs, a long time resident of the California desert, a music legend in his own right and a long time Frank Sinatra favorite, Frankie Randall, walked up to say hello to Johnny and then sang a song with him. Frankie Randall's history with Sinatra goes way back to when Mr. Randall was playing at Jilly's Bistro. When Sinatra was in the desert, it was always Frankie Randall who was at Sinatra's home to play for his late-night, after-dinner parties. In addition, Frankie Randall is still one of the strongest supporters of keeping the Great American Songbook alive and well. After Frankie Randall, another member of the audience, a women named Tony Curtis, came up and beautifully sang a couple of great standards. This is what the California desert is all about. Great entertainers live here, and they support each other at the local restaurants. If you are in the area, Johnny plays at Desert Sage on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and also at Bing Crosby's on Wednesday. He is definitely worth seeing!

8 comments:

  1. Thanks for the kind words, Bob. A pleasure meeting you and your lovely wife, hope to see you again real soon. Just a quick note, I am at the Desert Sage on Fridays also and I just started on Sunday's at Bing Crosby's. God Bless, Johnny.

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  2. Johnny, thanks for the corrections. See you soon!

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  3. So glad I found your Blog! What a great idea! It's always nice to find people that are music lovers. And what beautiful paintings! I visit La Quinta twice a year with my wife and we love it as well! We heard Steve Madio play and enjoyed his performance as well as the gentleman that was singing. (don't remember his name but dressed sharply!)

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  4. Welcome aboard, blueschic! I am glad you got a chance to hear Steve Madaio play and also heard his newest singing find, Horace Miller. Great music isn't it! I believe Horace's last name is Miller but not 100% sure. Horace spent the last 20 years in the Marine Corp with time in Iraq and just recently got out. He found Steve and told him that he loves to sing but had never sung publicly. Once Steve heard him sing, he offered him a performing spot with his band. What a great find, only one of many Steve has discovered and helped. Would love to have more comments from you from time to time and thanks for joining my blog as a follower. Also many thanks for the kind words about my oil painting.

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  5. They weren't kind words about your paintings as much they were true compliments. You are very good. About the music, we appear to have the same taste in several music genres. I will keep up with the blog ad look forward to more. I will also review the earlier installments. Thanks.

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  6. Are any of your paintings for sale? I love the colorful palm trees - would you sell that one?

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  7. My paintings are like my babies, I like them around me in our home. I have never sold any of them but may be forced to in the future since I painted over 200 paintings over the last few years. If things change I will let you know. It has always seemed to me that painting and great music fit together perfectly. If you are ever in the Montclair, NJ area, please stop by Epernay Restaurant at 6 Park Street and you can view about 50 of my paintings that are on the walls. The food is great and so is the atmosphere. Ask for "Franco" and he will take royal care of you.

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  8. Epernay!!!?????? How funny is this.....we live in Essex Fells and have for the last twenty years. My wife loves shopping on Church Street although many things have changed over the years. We have eaten at Epernay several times and have loved the food. Next time I will pay close attention to the paintings. What a small world. And please let me know if you do change your mind about the palm trees.

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