Weekly jazz thursdays at Lu’s Cafe, a swingin’ time for all
Published: Friday, September 20, 2013
Updated: Friday, September 20, 2013 01:09
There’s no place as clandestine and mysterious feeling on campus as Lu’s café, especially when they have the wonderful beats and melodies of the UConn Jazz Society filling the walls, making the whole place feel like a club right out of the 1920s.
While Lu’s typically has music relaxing music playing round the clock, but once a week, they do something a little different, that you can’t find anywhere else: feature a live Jazz band. Each Thursday night, starting at around 8:30 p.m., students from all sections of campus flood Lu’s to get to listen to some relaxing tunes, drink some coffee and hang out with their friends.
The band, known as the UConn Jazz Society, has been playing in Lu’s for about two years now, and features a whopping seven to nine piece set, consisting of a drum kit, keyboard, two horns, a bass, a guitar, an alto saxophone and at least one piece featuring a vocalist. The band featured a wide variety of pieces written by a selection of authors just as wide, giving the audience a brand new experience every few minutes.
The house was packed within minutes of the show beginning. Although there was rarely any open seating, there was plenty of room to walk around and chat with friends or order a drink.
“They’re all really great, great kids,” said Derri Thompson, a clerk at the café. “I’ve been working here, and listening to them, for two years now. I love them so much, and if I had my way, they wouldn’t be allowed to graduate.” Thompson said.
Lu’s itself is located underneath the family studies building. The dimly lit coffee and snack shop serves as a perfect foil to the other few cafes on campus, located either in the Chemistry building, Co-op or Wilbur Cross. While they’re designed to accommodate the hustle and bustle of the average student’s busy schedule, Lu’s is designed for the guy or gal with time on their hands, who just wants to sit down for a few minutes, sip their coffee, and get away from the rest of UConn for a little while.
Anyone who wants to come and hang out with some good jazz should make their way to the Family Studies’ building, ground floor, each Thursday night from 8:30 - 11 p.m.