Left – DJ Maestro
I must admit, going out to watch a DJ at 11pm on a Saturday night is not something I’ve done since my early twenties and to be honest I had no idea what to expect from visiting Dutchman DJ Maestro. However I was rewarded for braving the rainy Melbourne weather by the pulsing Latin beats intertwined with the jazz greats of the past 50 years that simply begged me to dance.
A DJ playing old school classics? It’s true, the striking combination is the brainchild of DJ Maestro whose love of music and contempt for modern dance tracks led him to create the famous Blue Note Trip series. Back in his hometown of Amsterdam, Maestro is renowned with everything Latin, funk, soul and jazz and has earned a reputation across Europe, the USA and Asia.
Playing his only gig in Melbourne, Maestro was a connoisseur of the turntable and it didn’t take long to get the kids dancing to the sexy and smooth beats of old-time jazz with a very contemporary edge.
Red Bennies, which kicks on until 3am on a Sunday morning hosted the event that suited the Chapel St crowd down to a tee. With a large amount of clubs to choose from on Melbourne’s iconic party street, DJ Maestro brought them in out of the rain and had the more lively dancing into the wee morning hours.
It was hard to imagine the blend of music that has sold over 250,000 copies, but with all the skill of a surgeon, Maestro sliced and diced his way through the greats. Bringing jazz to a modern audience is no easy feat, but Maestro has found a way. His obvious respect for the music he plays gives those late night party people an alternative to the monotonous beat of standard dance music.
While it is difficult to describe the odd pairing of jazz and dance music it’s easy to see why Maestro is so popular. Running the night with the smoothness of the music he was playing, Maestro is a master of the decks bringing together two seemingly opposite genres into a harmony all of their own.
The South Side Show presents
A Night At The Blue Note
with DJ Maestro
Venue: Red Bennies Level 1, 373 Chapel St South Yarra, 3141
Date: 13 August 2011
Time: 11pm – 3am